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Mary Aloe on the Prequel and the Sequel: an Aloe Entertainment Blog

Mary Aloe stepped into the development room at Aloe Entertainment asking, “Prequel or sequel, which are top grossing?” One of the Aloe Entertainment team piped up, “JURASSIC WORLD, sequel.” “Not yet,” Mary Aloe replied, “still FURIOUS 7. How about prequel?” Another Aloe Entertainment development team member jumps in, “SKYFALL…no, wait that’s a sequel of a re-boot or a remake.” “It’s STAR WARS 1 – PHANTOM MENACE.” The discussion Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team began is about prequels and sequels and how well they are doing, some of which are the top grossing movies of all time. “JURASSIC WORLD has hit some milestones and may become one of the top ten, but for now it’s about #21,” continued Mary Aloe to her team at Aloe Entertainment.

Mary Aloe asked one of the Aloe Entertainment team to bring up a top-grossing film chart. Mary Aloe continued, “As of today, for the top grossing films of all time, the top ten include six sequels, and the top twenty includes a prequel and six more sequels. In that mix are a reboot and remake or two, as well”. Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team keep abreast of what franchises are doing well and which might be ready for a reboot. Having worked on a sequel and in pre-production on a prequel (of one of the 100 top  grossing films of all time), the Aloe Entertainment team keeps their eyes open for an opportunity to bring to Mary Aloe another prequel or sequel idea. In 2015, 29 movies will be sequels and 1 a prequel. In 2016, 25 releases will be sequels. 

“And more are in the pipeline,” continued Mary Aloe, “and notice that they are not just thrillers, super heroes, or horror franchises.” It was pointed out to the Aloe Entertainment team that TOY STORY, SHREK, FROZEN, DESPICABLE ME, THE FOCKERS, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, MADEA, and many other comedies have done well in sequel or prequel land; many of which are continuing.  ”SHREK 2 and TOY STORY 3 are in the top twenty of all time,” Mary Aloe pointed out. “Let’s not lose track of a good story and fine actors and crew when developing any of these, Mary Aloe concluded. The Aloe Entertainment team may connect themselves with other prequels or sequels. Marketing traction and the continuation of loved characters and actors can be a shoe-in. But maker beware, a rehash will go straight to VOD. Remember LEGALLY BLONDE II or SPEED II? Duds. “Quality film-making should never be put aside for a possible buck,” Mary Aloe concluded, leaving the Aloe Entertainment team to their work.

Mary Aloe Speaks to the Aloe Entertainment Team About the Chinese Film Market

Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team were discussing the Chinese Film Market yesterday. Mary Aloe spoke on the opportunities there, “We have been seeing much interest from Chinese investors on movie projects, but not very many checks being written.” An Aloe Entertainment team member inquired about a Chinese investor someday buying into or owning a Hollywood studio. Mary Aloe offered this, “I wouldn’t be surprised considering the money that is flowing there and the love of Hollywood blockbusters in China. “Mary Aloe continued, “There are a lot of eyeballs itching to see the latest from Hollywood and a collaboration with those in their own country would just sweeten the desire to see such movies.” The Aloe Entertainment team should stay aware of this coming trend.

“There are four companies that are a major influence in the Chinese market,” Mary Aloe continued. An Aloe Entertainment team member jumped in, “Are you talking about Wanda, Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent?” Mary Aloe praised her team and added, “Yes, between the four of them they act as financiers, producers or exhibitors of the movies, ticket vendors, promotional partners, marketing conduits, online video platform and social media forces.” The Aloe Entertainment team got on Google to research the financials and discovered that there is already $5B invested in U.S. companies including AMC Theatres, STX Entertainment, and Lionsgate. Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team are keeping their eyes open for a slate of movies that could bring in Chinese investment. 
 
Mary Aloe asked, “Who knows about yen vs. dollar and the stats on Chinese tickets sales?” An Aloe Entertainment team member spoke up, “Well, it is the largest international market for Hollywood. Last year was way over $4 billion in ticket sales.” “There’s over a billion people there and almost 24,000 screens,” another Aloe Entertainment team member piped in. Mary Aloe pointed out that while there is a lot of money in China, they are very smart business people and it is not an open checkbook. The Yuan seems to be rising in the exchange rate, and that’s good,’ said Mary Aloe. But she warned the Aloe Entertainment team to keep a close watch on the Chinese companies and their deals with Hollywood, “It might be something the Aloe Entertainment team can cash in on both financially and creatively,” concluded Mary Aloe. Either way, the Chinese market is a major force to be reckoned with and considered.

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