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Old 07-05-2012, 15:42
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Bit of a turn up for the books this, the Avengers came out in the US this weekend, and Battleship isn't released for another week and a half in the US.

Makes a change from the old days of films sometimes taking months to be released here, following their Us release!
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Old 07-05-2012, 15:46
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Wouldn't get too excited, US got The Muppets on BD last month, we get it next month.
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Old 07-05-2012, 16:33
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I think the original poster was sort of wondering why these big budget US films are being released overseas first and not the States.Don't know why myself but an educated guess is piracy as I've read before piracy is worse in the Asian/South American markets so if there released there first,perhaps it cuts it down.Could be totally wrong but that's my thoughts
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Old 07-05-2012, 16:38
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I think the original poster was sort of wondering why these big budget US films are being released overseas first and not the States.Don't know why myself but an educated guess is piracy as I've read before piracy is worse in the Asian/South American markets so if there released there first,perhaps it cuts it down.Could be totally wrong but that's my thoughts
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Old 07-05-2012, 16:43
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This happened last year as well when Thor was released in the UK a week before the US.It seems to be a common thing for Marvel to do with some of their big films.Im guessing that we will see it next year with Iron Man 3 as well!

Battleship is a bit different as it was released a few months before the US which is very strange.I think it maybe the studios releasing the films in the best times for the country!

By the way Australia got both Thor and The Avengers a week before the UK!
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Old 08-05-2012, 00:16
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Bit of a turn up for the books this, the Avengers came out in the US this weekend, and Battleship isn't released for another week and a half in the US.

Makes a change from the old days of films sometimes taking months to be released here, following their Us release!
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Old 08-05-2012, 00:20
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Wouldn't get too excited, US got The Muppets on BD last month, we get it next month.
I'll take The Avengers over The Muppets any day
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Old 08-05-2012, 00:31
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This happened last year as well when Thor was released in the UK a week before the US.It seems to be a common thing for Marvel to do with some of their big films.Im guessing that we will see it next year with Iron Man 3 as well!

Battleship is a bit different as it was released a few months before the US which is very strange.I think it maybe the studios releasing the films in the best times for the country!

By the way Australia got both Thor and The Avengers a week before the UK!
They got Avengers a day before us and Thor 6 days before.

The Avengers Worldwide Release Dates:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848228/releaseinfo

Thor Worldwide Release Dates:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800369/releaseinfo
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Old 24-10-2012, 20:17
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Interesting looking at the release dates for Skyfall

http://www.skyfall-movie.com/releasedates/

America and Canada are getting this movie later than anyone else! I assume this is to allow the stars to solely concentrate on American media outlets that week.
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Old 24-10-2012, 20:28
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Interesting looking at the release dates for Skyfall

http://www.skyfall-movie.com/releasedates/

America and Canada are getting this movie later than anyone else! I assume this is to allow the stars to solely concentrate on American media outlets that week.
Bond is British (and famously so) of course it was going to come out in Europe before most other countries
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Old 06-05-2013, 15:51
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Just bumping this thread as this trend of the UK getting the blockbusters before the US seems to be coming more and more regular. We got Oblivion and Iron Man a week before the US, and the new Star Trek film is two weeks ahead of them.

Am certainly not complaining, as in the old days we were sometimes months behind the US!
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Old 06-05-2013, 15:56
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Just bumping this thread as this trend of the UK getting the blockbusters before the US seems to be coming more and more regular. We got Oblivion and Iron Man a week before the US, and the new Star Trek film is two weeks ahead of them.

Am certainly not complaining, as in the old days we were sometimes months behind the US!
It's the other way around. Iron Man 3 and Oblivion two weeks before and Star Trek Into Darkness a week before.
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Old 06-05-2013, 16:07
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Yeah it started with Marvel doing it with their films and now other studios have followed it!

This can only be good for UK cinema audience!
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Old 06-05-2013, 16:22
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The international box office is becoming more important than ever, hence why more and more Hollywood box office movies are opening here and the rest of the world first rather than the US. It also helps to build hype in the US when releasing a blockbuster abroad a week earlier, hence why The Avenger's and Iron Man 3 had such massive opening weekend figures.
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Old 06-05-2013, 17:43
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The international box office is becoming more important than ever, hence why more and more Hollywood box office movies are opening here and the rest of the world first rather than the US. It also helps to build hype in the US when releasing a blockbuster abroad a week earlier, hence why The Avenger's and Iron Man 3 had such massive opening weekend figures.
To be honest the US can be fairly insular. These movies would have been massive in the US regardless of overseas box office.
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Old 06-05-2013, 18:08
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Disney might have got there shit together, but Universal made us wait a month for Ted and three months for This is 40. Disney and Warner Bros. made us wait just under half a year for Wreck-It-Ralph and Cloud Atlas to be released.
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Old 06-05-2013, 20:53
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Disney might have got there shit together, but Universal made us wait a month for Ted and three months for This is 40. Disney and Warner Bros. made us wait just under half a year for Wreck-It-Ralph and Cloud Atlas to be released.
I would have been prepared to wait for three years for This is 40
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Old 06-05-2013, 21:04
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Cloud Atlas was an off one. For such a big movie in terms of budget and castings we (uk) had to wait until it was practcally showing on the US Sky movies (if they have something like that anyway) before it got released at cinema over here. It was stupidly long waiting period.

It comes down to finances I imagine. Do you release it in the US first and have 2/3 billion people around the world pirate it and have it ruined, taking a hit or do you release it to those 2/3 billlion first and have the 400m US people wait a week.

Financially, the former makes more business sense doesn't it? And yes my figures are obviously inflated for cinema attendance lol :P
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Old 06-05-2013, 21:18
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Cloud Atlas was an off one. For such a big movie in terms of budget and castings we (uk) had to wait until it was practcally showing on the US Sky movies (if they have something like that anyway) before it got released at cinema over here. It was stupidly long waiting period.

It comes down to finances I imagine. Do you release it in the US first and have 2/3 billion people around the world pirate it and have it ruined, taking a hit or do you release it to those 2/3 billlion first and have the 400m US people wait a week.

Financially, the former makes more business sense doesn't it? And yes my figures are obviously inflated for cinema attendance lol :P
I don't care about the quality of the film. I just think Hollywood should get their shit together and go day and date for everything (I can excuse a day later if they're desperate for the US to get it first). Indie labels have been able to do it for years, and it's quite inexcusable that Warner waited 6 months after submitting Cloud Atlas for classification to release it. [I'd be more forgiving if they had to change the film or something, but the fact it was submitted several months before release meant they must have known what they were doing]

As far as I'm concerned, neither Warners nor Disney nor Paramount nor Universal (nor any major studio that pulls this shit) has ANY right to complain about piracy, when they clearly aren't even trying.
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Old 06-05-2013, 22:51
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I sort of get why Disney release films later as they want to maximise their potential audience so they release around local holidays, had Wreck it Ralph been released in November, it would have it done as well. Even Les Mis and Life of Pi were released later in the UK but were still massive hits. While day and dates and early release is increasing, its not for every film and not every film market is the same.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:57
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I can't imagine why the studios would want Iron Man 3 and Star Trek to open on the same week in the US. Opening weeks are potentially huge and opening week attendence figures have meaning to the studios and Iron Man is packing them in with lines around the blocks and on multiple screens in movie complexes. To release two block busters the same day would dilute those figures. Star Trek will have its turn on Friday. The average person does not have any idea its being released on week prior elsewhere..
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:23
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If they want the stars of the movies to be around for media / press then they can't release them on the same day in every country.

There is also the competition factor to consider - having big releases a couple of weeks apart will help all of the studios to get a share of the ticket sales for their opening weekend.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:39
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If they want the stars of the movies to be around for media / press then they can't release them on the same day in every country.

There is also the competition factor to consider - having big releases a couple of weeks apart will help all of the studios to get a share of the ticket sales for their opening weekend.
So true
Iron Man 3 in the US had a $175 million weekend sales figures since opening Friday. I have not seen it (yet). Im the 'wait a few weeks until the lines/queues die down".
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Old 08-05-2013, 00:25
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Am certainly not complaining, as in the old days we were sometimes months behind the US!
Even today we sometimes have to wait months.

Red Dawn (21st November 2012 USA / 15th March UK)

I ended up renting it from Amazon.com at a fraction of the cost of what it would had been to see at the cinema.

Madagascar 3 (8th June 2012 USA / 19th October UK)

I had the American Blu-ray of this film sent to me within a couple weeks after it's UK cinema release, once again cheaper than 2 tickets to the cinema to see it on the IMAX & only needed to pay for it the once to see legally it as many times as I like.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:08
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I can't imagine why the studios would want Iron Man 3 and Star Trek to open on the same week in the US. Opening weeks are potentially huge and opening week attendence figures have meaning to the studios and Iron Man is packing them in with lines around the blocks and on multiple screens in movie complexes. To release two block busters the same day would dilute those figures. Star Trek will have its turn on Friday. The average person does not have any idea its being released on week prior elsewhere..
They were never scheduled the same week, Star Trek was always scheduled two weeks after Iron Man in the US (and for some time was scheduled at the same date in the UK but was bumped forward a few months ago without explanation).
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