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Old 07-28-07, 12:50 AM
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"Evan Almighty" budget: $175,000,000 ... WTF?

I just discovered that Evan Almighty cost $175,000,000 to make. The same amount they spent on Waterworld, and $25 million short of Titanic. Is this why ticket prices are so high? Is CGI animation that expensive?
Old 07-28-07, 01:11 AM
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Well, at least it got great reviews and did great at the box office.
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As of now, Evan Almighty has only grossed (approximately) $98m internationally. Ouch.
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I haven't seen it, and I'm sure there were a bunch of FX shots, but I'd really like to see where most of that budget went.
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It'll make it back on DVD.
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Whoa. I'm perplexed too. How much is Carrell worth, per movie? I'm sure he wasn't that big a star.
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The budget still perplexes me as well.
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I'm very curious why this movie had such a huge budget as well. Hell Ocean's 13 only had a budget of $85,000,000 & Clooney, Pitt & Damon are pretty much bigger stars than the whole Evan Almighty cast put together. Evan Almighty had John Goodman but he wouldn't be that pricy would he?
I wouldn't think CGI would cost that much. This is one of the few movies that I don't think will make the money back on DVD sales.
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Maybe Jim Carrey had a "Play or pay" deal that drove the cost up, but $175 million still seems ridiculously high.
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Actually i believe the budget went over $250 million and then you have to add at least $50 million more for advertising/marketing.
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Yeah? Well I heard it cost over $400 million!!!11! Plus catering cost!
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If you didn't know how much this movie cost to make, it actually did okay all things consider. Basically making $100 million domestically (it hasn't been released many places overseas), even though the reviews were mediocre at best and its a sequel to a mediocre film.

Obviously spending that much on a comedy is pretty foolish, and in the end it was doomed by delays and such. But it should end up being a manageable fiasco for Universal.
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Can you imagine what it cost to have all of the animal trainers to get all of those animals to line up two by two? And how much they had to pay to replace animals when the higher up the food chain animals would eat the lower down the food chain animals? I am surprised it was only $6.2 billion.
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I can't believe that no one's touched upon the fact that it's a comedy based on a Christian biblical story, and much of the country is beginning to lean away from the religious right; and that those who are religious might not want to see Noah depicted in such a way. To say nothing of much of the rest of the world not being Christian, and those folks wouldn't know shit about the story background, as opposed to the Jim Carrey movie, which basically was a story about a man getting deity-like-powers, which is a rather universally understandable thing.

Aside from that, it just might be stupid/unfunny/poorly written. I wouldn't know, I didn't see it; I wouldn't waste my time because (see first paragraph) the subject matter doesn't mean shit to me.

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Originally Posted by zombiezilla
I can't believe that no one's touched upon the fact that it's a comedy based on a Christian biblical story, and much of the country is beginning to lean away from the religious right; and that those who are religious might not want to see Moses depicted in such a way. To say nothing of much of the rest of the world not being Christian, and those folks wouldn't know shit about the story background, as opposed to the Jim Carrey movie, which basically was a story about a man getting deity-like-powers, which is a rather universally understandable thing.

Aside from that, it just might be stupid/unfunny/poorly written. I wouldn't know, I didn't see it; I wouldn't waste my time because (see first paragraph) the subject matter doesn't mean shit to me.
Never have I hoped in my whole life that a post was sarcastic...because this is one of the more ill-informed posts I've ever read. Before dismantling, please verify that it's a joke...thanks.
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Massive delays in filming due to weather. When it $500,000+ per day to shoot, it adds up fast.
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Knocked Up's huge success and massive profits doesn't make Universal look completely foolish. DVD pretty much guarantees a movie will make some profit for the studio. I think a movie with a Biblical storyline, being released on dvd at Christmas time will likely translate into sales.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Knocked Up's huge success and massive profits doesn't make Universal look completely foolish. DVD pretty much guarantees a movie will make some profit for the studio. I think a movie with a Biblical storyline, being released on dvd at Christmas time will likely translate into sales.
Yea, Knocked Up pretty much picked up the slack for this film anyway to Universal.
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Originally Posted by reubs82
Never have I hoped in my whole life that a post was sarcastic...because this is one of the more ill-informed posts I've ever read. Before dismantling, please verify that it's a joke...thanks.

Dismantle away, be my guest. Doesn't make it any less true from the POV of someone who doesn't (like much of the rest of this planet, shown by ticket sales to this pigshit flop) subscribe to these religious beliefs.
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I think it was just a misunderstanding of what made 40 Year Old Virgin such a hit. It's almost like they thought that if they got the same star and added a bunch of CGI that it would make twice as much as 40 Year Old Virgin
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Originally Posted by zombiezilla
Dismantle away, be my guest. Doesn't make it any less true from the POV of someone who doesn't (like much of the rest of this planet, shown by ticket sales to this pigshit flop) subscribe to these religious beliefs.
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Those who aren't religious probably didn't have a whole lot of interest. Those who are religious probably thought it looked sacrilicious. You can't please everybody all the time...
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Those who aren't religious probably didn't have a whole lot of interest. Those who are religious probably thought it looked sacrilicious. You can't please everybody all the time...
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Mmm... sacrilicious....
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Originally Posted by zombiezilla
Dismantle away, be my guest. Doesn't make it any less true from the POV of someone who doesn't (like much of the rest of this planet, shown by ticket sales to this pigshit flop) subscribe to these religious beliefs.
First of all, if you're going to bash a film for it's "religious" connections, you need to realize that the Flood story isn't a "Christian" story. It's straight out of the book of Genesis, which would make it a Jewish story first and foremost. This, coupled with the other stories of epic destruction by flood, completely negates your simplistic dismissal of the story as "Christian". If anything, the story is universal because of the number of religions that contain some sort of myth. Therefore, the movie's failure has nothing to do with the fact that America is leaning away from the religious right.

Secondly, Moses has nothing...not jack shit...to do with the flood story. That's all that needs to be said about that.

Finally, the reason the damn film costs so much to make (to go along with all of the other crazy reasons...) is that buying the rights to a story in a best-selling book is never going to be cheap, especially when no one really knows who the story originated with.

But nice try.
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Originally Posted by reubs82
First of all, if you're going to bash a film for it's "religious" connections, you need to realize that the Flood story isn't a "Christian" story. It's straight out of the book of Genesis, which would make it a Jewish story first and foremost. This, coupled with the other stories of epic destruction by flood, completely negates your simplistic dismissal of the story as "Christian". If anything, the story is universal because of the number of religions that contain some sort of myth. Therefore, the movie's failure has nothing to do with the fact that America is leaning away from the religious right.

Secondly, Moses has nothing...not jack shit...to do with the flood story. That's all that needs to be said about that.

Finally, the reason the damn film costs so much to make (to go along with all of the other crazy reasons...) is that buying the rights to a story in a best-selling book is never going to be cheap, especially when no one really knows who the story originated with.

But nice try.



That was almost too easy. And you barely beat me to it. Moses?

It's extremely silly to believe that this country is leaning away from organized religion. I would agree that the minority of non-religious folk have become much louder, but that's all you're seeing. Of course, I'm sure if them close their eyes real tight and concentrate, they can make themselves believe any kind of nonsense they want.

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