By: Yonah Nimmer
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Contact Information: [II]
Phone: (310) 369-4636
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
10201 West Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90035
(Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) (President and Chief Operating Officer)
(Co-Chief Operating Officer) (Senior Executive Vice Presidents)
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(Chairman and CEO of Film)
– Photo Courtesy of Hollywoodgreekreporter.com [VI]
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, commonly referred to as 20th Century Fox, is one of the six major American film studios. The company was founded nearly eighty years ago on May 31st, 1935, as a result of the merge between Twentieth Century Pictures and Fox Film Corporation [VII]. Fifty years later, in 1985, this studio continued to blossom, becoming a subsidiary of News Corporation [VIII]. In 2013 however, News Corporation separated into News Corp and 21st Century Fox, with the latter preserving Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Based in Los Angeles California, this studio is currently the second largest film studio, following Warner Brothers [IX]. While involved in all aspects of the film industry, this company mainly focuses on film production and distribution. 20th Century Fox is infamous for creating everything from their thriving Star Wars series to the highest grossing film worldwide, Avatar [X].
In 2013, 20th Century Fox had a total domestic gross of $1.06 billion dollars, a 4% growth from profits in 2012. Having 18 films released that year, each film made an average of $87.5 million in profit [XI]. So far in 2014, (through December 1st), 20th Century Fox has seen their best results of the past decade, grossing a total of $1.5 billion domestically [XII].
In the 3rd quarter of 2014, including the months of July, August, and September, the studio grossed $427 million through 9 films that played in theaters around the globe. Only 3 of these, Dawn of the Planet Apes, Let’s Be Cops, and The Maze Runner, were actually released during this time period though. With budgets of $34 and $17 million, both Let’s Be Cops and The Maze Runner were successful in breaking even during opening weekend. Nonetheless, neither of them can compare their profits to Dawn of the Planet Apes. While the budget for this sequel was $170 million, the film gathered a total gross of $708 million. From just this one movie, 20th Century Fox profited over $530 million [XIII].
In the 4th quarter on the other hand, a mere 2 films were produced and distributed, Gone Girl and The Book of Life. Both of these movies were a huge success, grossing $416 million for the studio [XIV].
Gillian Flynn adapted her best selling novel, Gone Girl, into an American mystery thriller film directed by the infamous David Fincher. This movie tells the story about NickDunne, a husband who discovers his wife is missing. Unfazed by the matter, neighbors question his strange behavior, eventually discovering his web of lies. Family, friends, and acquaintances are all forced to contemplate the same question: Did he kill his wife? [XV]
With lead actors such as Neil Pattrick Harris, Rosamund Pike, and Ben Affleck, crowds flocked to watch this film on opening night, October 3rd, 2014 [XVI]. Available in 3,014 theaters, this film grossed $37.5 million opening weekend. It topped the box office charts, making more than the new release, Annabelle. While that sounds like a large sum of money, it is merely 62% of the $61 million budget. Expanding to 3,249 theaters, the film eventually came up on top benefiting $159 million domestically and $171 million in the foreign market. Currently its in 8th week in theaters, the film has grossed $330 million worldwide [XVII].
The Book of Life
The Book of Life, an animated film directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, tells the legend of Manolo, a troubled dreamer, who embarks on an epic journey through mythical, magical, and mysterious worlds in order to protect his village and rescue his true love [XVIII].
20th Century Fox continues to castA-list actors in the film such as Christina Applegate, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube. This PG rated movie had a budget of $50 million. Released in 3,071 theaters, The Book of Life racked in $17 million on opening weekend, October 17th-19th. It was third on the box office charts, $500,000 behind Gone Girl, (which was on it’s 3rd week at the time). Domestically, this film grossed $48 million, which makes up 55.6% of their earnings. The foreign market on the other hand made $38 million, totaling $86 million internationally [XIX].
What’s in Store for the Future?
20th Century Fox has already scheduled the distribution dates for their next 46 films, all the way up to the release of Puss in Boots 2 on December 21st, 2018 [XX]. Throughout 2014, the studio has produced 13 films thus far, with the plan of 3 more to come [XXI].
This December 5th, Fox is releasing The Pyramid, a horror movie about a group of
archaeologists that become trapped in an ancient Egyptian pyramid [XXII]. Gregory Levasseur, the director, is a successful screenwriter in the industry with no previous directing experience [XXIII].
On December 12th, Fox will release Exodus: Gods and Kings, a modern depiction on
the defiant leader, Moses, as he revolts against the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses. With a great use of visual effects and 3D immersion, the budget of this film is much greater than The Pyramid [XXIV]. The director, Ridley Scott, who also directed Gladiator, exclaims that “this is his biggest epic yet” [XXV]. This movie includes well known actors such as Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale. With all that said, this film has received negative reviews, a 63% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Nevertheless, 98% of audience members on the website still want to see it [XXVI].
Lastly, Fox is releasing their last film of the year, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, on December 19th [XXVII]. Seeing that the original Night at the Museum profited $575 million, the company has high hopes for this sequel [XXVIII]. It is once again directed by Shawn Levy, starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Robin Williams. The biggest difference this time is that the iconic Robin Williams passed away recently. Without a doubt, many viewers will go see the film for the sole sake of seeing one of the last roles played by Williams [XXVII].
Overall, 20th Century Fox has had an extremely successful year. With hit films such as
Dawn of the Planet Apes, Gone Girl, and The Book of Life, they have accumulated 1.5 billion domestically this year. Nonetheless, the studio hopes to end off 2014 with a big bang through there next three upcoming movies. While this year was a success, that simply means they must do even better in 2015.
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[III] Rupert Murdoch Photo From July 21, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
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[IX] Studio Size Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[X] Previous Projects Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XI] 2013 Statistics Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XII] 2014 Statistics Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XIII] 3rd Quarter Statistics Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XIV] 4th Quarter Statistics Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XV] Gone Girl Synopsis Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XVI] Gone Girl Cast Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XVII] Gone Girl Statistics Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XVIII] Book of Life Synopsis Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XIX] Book of Life Statistics Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XX] Upcoming Films Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XXI] 2014 Statistics Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XXII] The Pyramid Synopsis Updated November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XXIII] Levasseur’s Past Work Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XXIV] Exodus Synopsis Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XXV] Ridley Scott Quote From August 17, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XXVI] Exodus Ratings Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XXVII] Night at the Museum 3 Release Date Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XXVIII] Original Night at the Museum Statistics Retrieved November 29, 2014.
[XXIX] Night at the Museum Cast Retrieved November 29, 2014.