Saturday, September 10, 2011

Will A.D. (zombie animated film) be another flop in a sea of adult animated films?

We've been discussing whether or not animated films that are not aimed at mothers, children, girls, or families will have monetary success in the film market.

Rango and Guardians made a little (when all was said and done), but it could have just been two ups in a sea of downs (and they didn't make nearly as much as Despicable Me, DreamWorks, Disney, and Pixar films, which are all clearly marketed to the family).

9 probably made nothing...

It made $46 million, cost $30 million to make, cost about $15 million to the theaters, cost about $5 million to marketing (-$4 million at this point), made $9 million in DVD sales, cost $3 million to the stores and about another $2 million to marketing... and you're left with dead even. No profit.

And that's actually good. Final Fantasy and Beowulf lost a ton.

So it will be interesting to see what AD does. Which brings us to the trailer (warning: a little bit of bloody)...

Not much is known about whether it will even make it to theaters (can't even find it on IMDB):

It looks like the director might have the experience to fight it through to completion:

What do you think? Does it have a fighting chance? What if it died and came back to life? Would it have a chance then?




  1. I think A.D. DOES have a chance, assuming it's eventually made. The director is mainly well-known for having done the animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, so he doesn't exactly have a reputation as "kid's" animator chaining him down. The other movie he's working on is a dark re-imaginig of Peter Pan.

  2. The Animation EmpireSeptember 11, 2011 at 6:59 AM

    True, but there's no market for adult animations in the theater and the director has no following anyway.

    - TAE

  3. As someone much greater than me once said--"If it exists, there's a market for it, and if there's not there will be one day."

  4. The Animation EmpireSeptember 13, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Well all that means is that you think there's a market for it or you convinced a studio that there's a market for it and they paid for it... and they'll pay for it again after it loses money.

    - TAE


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