Colorfully coiffed "Girls Trip" friends Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall and Queen Latifah partying in New Orleans.
I've been a film fanatic from an early age. It started when I was a back-seat viewer on the family's regular summer night trips to the drive-in.
Movies were a much needed break from real life in terrible times, like when Mom took my little brother and me to see "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" to get us away from the news of JFK's assassination. And the annual airing of "The Wizard of Oz" was must-see TV in our house, especially after we got a color television.
It continued into adulthood. In fact, part of what attracted me to the hubby was that he was a newspaper film critic when we met.
Money-making movies: Cinema is still a big part of my life. And as a financial journalist, I also pay attention to the money side of movie making.
With the Labor Day weekend's arrival, the end of summer attention primarily is on the season's blockbusters.
Although the North American box office had its lowest-grossing summer in 25 years, the millions the top 10 flicks raked is are nothing to sneeze at.
This year I was particularly thrilled to see so-called women's movies bookend the top 10 summer blockbuster list as far as domestic ticket sales. They are:
|Rank||Movie||Date Opened||Ticket take in $|
|1.||"Wonder Woman"||June 2||$406,838,875|
|2.||"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"||May 5||$389,418,709|
|3.||"Spider-Man: Homecoming"||July 7||$320,076,475|
|4.||"Despicable Me 3"||June 14||$255,340,195|
|6.||"Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Men Tell No Tales"
|7.||"Cars 3"||June 16||$149,120,569|
|8.||"War for the Planet of the Apes"||July 14||$143,147,351|
|9.||"Transformers: The Last Knight"||June 22||$130,168,683|
|10.||"Girls Trip"||July 21||$109,007,055|
Tax incentives help: One way producers maximize their movie making profit is to shoot in locations that offer tax breaks. Most states offer some financial incentives to attract film, TV and even video game crews. That means competition is fierce.
And that's just domestically.
Countries around the world provide financial and tax incentives to lure movie-makers. It works.
In 2014, fewer than half of all Hollywood films were shot exclusively the United States, with the United Kingdom surpassing Canada as most popular non-U.S. Hollywood movie location.
A big reason why? The U.K. has currently has a very generous tax system, which gives Hollywood studios close to a fifth of the money spent in Great Britain back in cash.
Brexit's final film credits? That could change, however, as the U.K. pulls out of the European Union.
As today's Shout Out Sunday (yes, it's moved to the other weekend day this week) article in The Guardian notes, Brexit could hurt the British film production boom, which has helped prop up Great Britain's economy thanks to filming in the country, ranging from blockbusters like the new "Star Wars" trilogy to smaller domestic flicks and European co-productions.
Mark Sweney has the details in his piece, which looks at how Brexit will impede the already complex process of funding, filming and releasing a multimillion-pound film projects.
Until that happens, though, enjoy your long end-of-summer holiday by taking in a movie or two!
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