Research Task – 7th of May 2010

  • What are examples of Media products within the film industry  ?

Bad Boys 2 or Fight Club . Film products differ, the two im examining have some similarities, like their target audience are men. Hoever they differ genre wise Bad Boys 2 is a an action film, whilst Fight club is a phsycholgical thriller.

  • Find out about the film producers. Which are the major studios film industries around the world? how do they differ from eachother?

  Bad Boys 2 was produced by  Jerry Bruckheimer and distributed by Columbian pictures, which is owned by sony pictures entertainment.  Fight Club was produced by Art Linson and distributed by 20th century fox which is owned by news corporation. ., is the world’s second-largest media congloromate (behind The Walt disney company)  as of 2008 and the world’s third largest in entertainment as of 2009. Whereas, Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group[, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments – electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other

  • Who are the primary audiences for these industries ?

both target audience are mostly men. as they are about violence and cars and crime. being stereotypical of course.

  • What techniques are used to target specific films at audiences ?

During Trailers show explosions, women, drugs, racing cars, violence , fights. And advertise on certain channels such as Dave, Bravo, Playboy Tv and Men and Motors.

  • Are these successfull/ Unsuccessful ?

they are very successfull as Both films done realli well the gross revenue for bad boys 2 was $273,339,556 and Fight clubs gross revenue was $100,853,753.

  • Case study for Bad Boys 2 and Fight Club

Fight Club

CAST  : Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter

Director: David Fincher
Produced by: Art Linson
Ross Grayson Bell
Cean Chaffin

                                                  Jim Uhlm

                                               Chuck Palahniuk

Budget :  63 million

Gross revenue : $100,853,753.

 Box Office : The studio held Fight Club‘s world premiere at the 56th Venice International Film Festival in September 1999.For the American theatrical release, the studio hired the National Research Group to test screen the film; the group predicted the film would gross between $13 million and $15 million in its opening weekend. Fight Club opened commercially in the United States and Canada on October 15, 1999 and earned $11,035,485 in 1,963 theaters over the opening weekend.

Reaction : When Fight Club premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, the film was debated fiercely by critics. A newspaper reported, “Many loved and hated it in equal measures.” Some critics expressed concern that the film would incite copycat behavior, such as that seen after A Clockwork Orange debuted in Britain nearly three decades previously. Upon the film’s theatrical release, The Times reported the reaction: “It touched a nerve in the male psyche that was debated in newspapers across the world.” Although the film’s makers called Fight Club “an accurate portrayal of men in the 1990s”, some critics called it “irresponsible and appalling”. Another newspaper charged, “Fight Club is shaping up to be the most contentious mainstream Hollywood meditation on violence since Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.”

Bad Boys 2

CAST : Martin Lawrence , Will Smith, Jordi Mollà. Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano

producers : Jerry Bruckheimer

Written by : Screenplay:
Ron Shelton
Jerry Stahl
Marianne Wibberley
Cormac Wibberley
Ron Shelton

Budget $130,000,000
Gross revenue $273,339,556

 Critical reception

The film received mostly negative reviews. Based on 149 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 23% of critics gave Bad Boys II a positive review, with an average rating of 4.1/10.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film one out of a possible four stars, especially offended by one scene involving a teenage boy and the use of the word “nigger”, citing, “The needless cruelty of this scene took me out of the movie and into the minds of its makers. What were they thinking? Have they so lost touch with human nature that they think audiences will like this scene?”[2] On an episode of At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, film critic Richar Roepernamed it 1st place on his list of the worst films of 2003, he placed notorious bomb Gigli at number 3.

Among the more positive reviews Seattle Post-Intelligencer critic Ellen A. Kim wrote that the film was “mindlessly fun… If you like this type of movie, that is.” The film was also praised by a few critics and viewers for its deftly handled action sequences and visual effects. Box office

The film was a financial success in the United States Box Office. It made $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide, almost twice the gross of the original film.


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