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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #20 on: 12/21/2016 02:38 AM »
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January and February is where studios release movies that they think are going to do badly at the box office. So something prompted the studio to lose faith in this film.

February is the month that the Deadpool movie open in 2016 with final North america box office of $363M for a R-rated movie. So that point about box office dead zone might not be true anymore.

"Deadpool" was an outlier. Nobody expected it to do that well. And I've seen "The Space Between Us." It ain't "Deadpool."



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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #21 on: 12/23/2016 04:44 AM »
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January and February is where studios release movies that they think are going to do badly at the box office. So something prompted the studio to lose faith in this film.

February is the month that the Deadpool movie open in 2016 with final North america box office of $363M for a R-rated movie. So that point about box office dead zone might not be true anymore.

"Deadpool" was an outlier. Nobody expected it to do that well. And I've seen "The Space Between Us." It ain't "Deadpool."

You are probably right about this movie's box office outlook. But February is no longer a dead zone for movies. Certain studios needs more schedule slots annually.

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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #22 on: 12/23/2016 12:03 PM »
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January and February is where studios release movies that they think are going to do badly at the box office. So something prompted the studio to lose faith in this film.

February is the month that the Deadpool movie open in 2016 with final North america box office of $363M for a R-rated movie. So that point about box office dead zone might not be true anymore.

"Deadpool" was an outlier. Nobody expected it to do that well. And I've seen "The Space Between Us." It ain't "Deadpool."

You are probably right about this movie's box office outlook. But February is no longer a dead zone for movies. Certain studios needs more schedule slots annually.


I'd say that it's no longer a complete dead zone. But look at the quality of films being released in January and February. In fact, you can actually see a progression--the dullest and least popular movies tend to get released in January. This often includes action movies that may have once had promise, but that the studios lose hope on once they see early footage (the Vin Diesel movie that is coming up is an example). February is a little better, March is a little better, and then there's an improvement by April and May, with Memorial Day being the defining point.

There is an exception to this, which is artsy type films that the studios think will do well at the Oscars and will benefit from them. So they release those films before the Oscars (March?) and hope that the Oscar buzz gives them a second life in theaters after they win something.

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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #23 on: 01/27/2017 02:47 PM »
Movie now premiers February 3. I have seen some TV commercials for it again. (My local theater had a sign saying it was premiering March 3, but I think they made a mistake.) January and February are the months where Hollywood pushes movies that it has low expectations for.

Original release date was the second half of August, then moved to December 16 (opposite Rogue One, which seemed like a bad idea), then slipped to Feb 3. I'd love to know why they moved it out of December. Did they do an additional test screening and the audience did not like it? Or did a new studio executive watch it and realize that it was not going to do well, and they shifted it?

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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #24 on: 02/04/2017 12:03 AM »
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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #25 on: 02/04/2017 12:12 AM »
poor review from the Los Angeles Times:

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/los-angeles-times/20170203/282359744443378
Probably a good teen "date movie" for Valentines Day...
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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #26 on: 02/04/2017 12:24 AM »
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-space-between-us-is-as-empty-as-its-title-suggests-1791884556

The Space Between Us Is as Empty as Its Title Suggests
Germain Lussier


The Space Between Us never goes beyond exactly what it’s supposed to be. It’s so straightforward that if you’ve heard the plot—boy on Mars falls in love with girl on Earth, then comes to Earth to find her—you can probably guess everything about the story, the conflict, and all of the things it’s going to try to make you feel, with the end result being you’re not going to feel much at all.

Here’s an extended summary of the movie (written by Allan Loeb and directed by Peter Chelsom) so you can see how your guess stacks up: A few years into the future a genius (Gary Oldman) has figured out how to send the first U.S. citizens to colonize Mars. On the way there, the team learns that the lead astronaut is pregnant and her son, Gardner, will be the first human not born on Earth. Gardner is kept secret from the world until, 16 years later, he (now played by Asa Butterfield) has to leave Mars. Once on Earth, he escapes his handlers to go after the one person he knows, a girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson), who he met online and lied to about his, you know, living on another planet. So you’ve got some science, you’ve got some melodrama, you’ve got teenage angst, and a love story.

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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #27 on: 02/04/2017 05:47 AM »
As with passengers the critics don't like it but the ordinary viewers seem to be finding it OK.  Since I really liked Passengers I think I will take a look at this one.
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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #28 on: 02/05/2017 06:15 AM »
I've been searching around for a razor blade since the previews for this started at the movies. Thankfully I'll probably not be forced to watch it, despite being an horrible chick flick, because there's spaceships in it.

When someone is wishing for a pony, there's little to be gained by suggesting a unicorn would be ever better.. ya know, unless it's sarcasm.

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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #29 on: 02/13/2017 08:10 PM »
After two weeks, the domestic box office is $6.6 million. That's on a $30 million budget, and probably another $30 million of advertising. That's a substantial loss.

As I've written before, I don't think this is an awful movie. But I'd like to see more movies that involve Mars and space travel, and flops like this don't help make that happen.

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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #30 on: 02/14/2017 04:01 AM »
My girlfriend, her son and I went to the movies Saturday.  Her son and I saw Lego Batman, which was awesome.  She saw this and she just said it was OK. 

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Re: The Space Between Us
« Reply #31 on: 03/21/2017 02:36 AM »
http://thespacereview.com/article/3197/1


The fault in our Mars: popular entertainment and the settlement of Mars (part 4)

by Dwayne Day
Monday, March 20, 2017

Mars seems to have left the zeitgeist a bit. For several years it was gaining more and more attention in the media, culture, and popular entertainment. There was Mars One, Elon Musk’s Mars proselytizing, the hit movie The Martian, and National Geographic Channel’s six-part Mars miniseries. That cultural heat has cooled in the past few months. SpaceX has, unsurprisingly, delayed the launch of its Red Dragon mission, and Elon Musk has most recently suggested that he could use one of his company’s vehicles to send a couple of wealthy adventurers out past the Moon. Then again, later this month the movie Life features a deadly Mars organism that starts killing astronauts and threatens humanity, so perhaps this isn’t a lull at all and things are looking up?

The Space Between Us sought to capitalize on the Mars hype. The film was originally scheduled for an August 2016 release, then slipped to December apparently because it had done well in front of test audiences. It was even shown to an exclusive (but quite small) audience in Washington, DC, in November only a few weeks before its scheduled premiere. But then—as if the studio heads sensed that Mars was losing its luster, or simply did not want to go head-to-head against Rogue One—the premiere date was delayed. The Space Between Us finally debuted on February 3 to mostly middling reviews. It only made $7.9 million at the box office, coming in behind such films as Rock Dog and A Cure for Wellness. The film had a reported $30 million budget. Figure that advertising cost at least that amount, and clearly The Space Between Us is a financial failure for the studio. Now that it is out of the theaters it will show up on streaming services soon. If you are planning to watch the movie and do not want it spoiled, stop reading now.

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