There’s no formula for a hit movie. The studios that pony up millions for their summer tentpoles, name cast comedies and heavy Oscar-bait dramas wish there was. But the truth is, there’s no science to Hollywood success. Every movie’s a gamble, the studios investing a certain level of trust into the creative minds who execute their cinematic product. But that trust has foundation, each piece of the puzzle adding to a movie’s predicted success. The goal is to minimize risk-taking: wrangle the stars, establish the format, foresee the marketing twist and pray to the powers that be that it all comes together perfectly.
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