Part I of a multi-part series on why movies fail at the box office
Financial data sourced from publicly available information
Movies fail because the story doesn’t work.
For our purposes, a story works if the movie succeeds at the box office.
Critical acclaim and winning awards is great but if people aren’t lining up at the box office then something’s wrong with the story.
Having wonderful characters, distinctive dialogue and a meaningful theme might get your movie into film festivals but it’s not enough to get you an audience.
Since story is everything, the screenplay should be everything. After all, the screenplay is the blueprint for the movie isn’t it?