top of page

Coining the Flopbuster


Barbie and Oppenheimer are the big movie news at the moment, having opened to record numbers.


And both are originals! Although, of course, Barbie is based on a world-famous brand. And Oppenheimer has the Christopher Nolan “brand”—almost like what a new Kubrick film used to be. I guess Tarantino is still that way, too.


I read this article a few weeks ago about the “flopbuster,” specifically referring to Indiana Jones and the Dial of the Destiny: a movie which opened to numbers that used to be considered big, but cost so much that it’s nonetheless a financial disappointment.


Weird times!

204 views2 comments

Recent Posts

See All

2 comentarios


Robert Knaus
Robert Knaus
26 jul 2023

Costs REALLY need to come down. Dial Of Destiny cost $300 million (without advertising!), and yet looked like SHIT compared to the original trilogy (or, hell, even Crystal Skull). Disney's blowing $200 mil a pop on generic D+ MCU shows like She-Hulk and Secret Invasion, both of which didn't look more expensive than a typical episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile, you have Universal spending a relatively thrifty $100 million apiece on Oppenheimer and Super Mario Bros., both of which went through the roof (ditto Sony with Across The Spider-Verse). That all of these movies are actually, you know, GOOD as opposed to ludicrously expensive crap like Dial Of Destiny, The Flash, and Fast X (all franchises that are very…

Me gusta

excession30
excession30
26 jul 2023

Maybe Oppenheimer is a remake of Fat Man and Little Boy from 1989?

Me gusta
bottom of page