Movie Reboots

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Lone Ranger movie reboot

The Lone Ranger movie reboot is possibly the worst idea ever. In our opinion, Disney made a mistake to reboot The Lone Ranger, a popular television show that Baby Boomers remember. Is no movie worth financing for $290 million and releasing up against a sequel in Despicable Me 2.

Movie reboots are worth the gamble, as shown with Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Man of Steel, and Iron Man movies. The Lone Ranger is sinking fast after underperforming with $29.4 million in its opening weekend. Johnny Depp's star power is unable to give The Lone Ranger a boost.

Based on past box office performances unadjusted for inflation, no western movies have earned greater than Dances with the Wolves $184.2 million in the domestic box office. The box office numbers in western movies are enough proof to not invest $290 million in making The Lone Ranger.

It is possible The Lone Ranger may recover in the international box office or in the DVD rental and sales market. Johnny Depp movie fans may help this movie. However, the opening weekend is a predictor that this movie is already a box office flop. It won't make above $100 million in the US box office unless word-of-mouth spreads quickly.

The Lone Ranger is shaping up to replace John Carter as the biggest movie flop. John Carter is another Disney movie that cost a fortune to make and underperformed in the movie box office. A word of advice is to conduct research on the genres before investing into a movie project.

The top western movie of all time in the box office is Dances with The Wolves at $184.2 million. Recently, Django Unchained with stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx earned $162.8 million. Investing $290 million into making a western movie like The Lone Ranger is too risky.

This past Wednesday July 3, 2013 demonstrated the disappointment in making The Lone Ranger. Movie reboots are not always profitable, as fans mature and demand for a specific genre lost their luster.  Western movies are historical with Hollywood legends such as Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and even Yul Brynner are best known for their western portrayals.

John Ford is considered the top movie director in the western genre. He earned four Academy Awards for Best Director. Ford is considered to be the best American director of all time.

Clint Eastwood directed Unforgiven, another western movie that was critically acclaimed. Clint earned an Academy Award for Best Director. We believe Western movies are best made without comedy.  

Watch The Lone Ranger in a theater near you. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Man of Steel reboot

The latest Man of Steel movie is a reboot that packs a punch. Superman has rebooted twice since Christopher Reeve jumpstarted the DC comic book superhero. This Man of Steel movie captured a June 2013 box office record of $113 million. Movie reboots are becoming trendy. Hollywood is electing to option reboots of past television shows and movies rather than explore original ideas.

According to Screen Rant, a reboot is:
"Doing a "fresh start" relaunch of a previously established franchise or character." 

Movie reboots with significant success are Christopher Nolan's Batman movies (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises), The Amazing Spiderman, Star Trek, Casino Royale, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Friday The 13th (2009), and 21 Jump Street. These reboots are box office hits with a huge fan following. 

Man of Steel is an example of a second movie reboot attempt that is already proving to be a major blockbuster after its first weekend in release. Christopher Nolan's Batman movies are wildly successful reboots, as two of his previous three movies earned $1 billion apiece in the worldwide box office (combining international and domestic ticket sales. We expect Man of Steel to deliver a huge opening weekend. 

Next up for movie reboots are Robo Cop, Godzilla, Crow, and The Lone Ranger. Want to see a past franchise reboot again? Share the reboots in the comment section below.