This could turn out to be a blessing though, maybe Hollywood will start looking harder at how they are spending their money and start putting a better effort into finding material to make.
Hehe, that's a perfect world, read on.
Might be more financially sound to get creative with movies by making them for no more than $100 million, or someone stingy like me, for no more than $75 million. If the blockbusters make the same amount that a hit like The Dark Knight made last year, then Hollywood will be swimming in money, with more to eventually play around with. Enough with these over-priced $250 million money drains.
And you'd be completely right. And you know what? Right now as you stand discussing this topic with me, you could be one of the top number crunchers/analysts/advisers for the big movie studios. You're at least on par if not way ahead of them right now.
About three years down the road, the big movie studios are going to throw millions of dollars at some survey and they'll go "Hmmm it turns out the audience likes these smaller movies more! And they seem more cost effective!" "And by golly, you know what? There's word that some Columbus fella' just found India!"
I don't know if any of you have ever worked with a corporation but you know away from the mothership/headquarters, so a local branch of one. There's an old saying, that to the people at HQ, America still hasn't been discovered. It's just a fact of the corporate world. The people at the center don't generally get it. They have the bigger picture figured out, but at the cost of their practical sense. It's a part of life, the bigger a perspective you get, the more of the details escape you.
The heads of the regional theater chains (owned BY the studios) have been telling the movie studios smaller movies are more profitable for the last 10 years. Hell even George Lucas, the man who started the blockbuster fest has said that. But to them, we're still starting the Renaissance. Soon Isabella will give Columbus his ships though!
You just wait, in a couple of years they'll throw some research money and all of a sudden find out smaller movies are more profitable.