Friday, April 09, 2010

At A Theater Not So Near You: Tyler Perry vs Hollywood For More Screens

Round one went relatively well for Tyler Perry and the cast of "Why Did I Get Married Too?" on April 2nd. It came in at #2 at the box office with heavy competition. Now round two will be another "Clash of The Titans" of a different nature this weekend with highly anticipated comedy, "Date Night" starring hilarious actors, Tina Fey and Steve Carell.

But the never ending battle for Tyler is not with other films. It's with the Hollywood machine that produces and distributes them. As an African-American film go-er have you ever wondered why you have to travel out of your way sometimes to see certain films?

On his website Tyler sheds some insight into the drama in a letter to his fans. Here's what I find interesting. Despite all the money he's made Hollywood, why is he still struggling with this issue of lack of screens for his films? And if he's going through this, just think what other black filmmakers are going through. Here's an excerpt from his letter:


For some reason, I have never been able to get my movies to play in more than 2,150 theaters. I have fought until I'm blue in the face and nobody can give me a clear cut answer. To put this in perspective, when most movies open, take for instance CLASH OF THE TITANS, it was on 3,800 screens, or the Miley Cyrus movie, which was on 3,100. Most movies open on between 3,000 to 5,000 screens.

Anyway, if I keep fighting, maybe one day I'll get enough screens so that you won't have to be packed on top of each other, as well as be turned away time and time again after driving all the way to the theater. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I just want there to be adequate seating for the demand. That's all I'm saying.


Read the entire message on TylerPerry.com then tell me what's your take on this situation? Truly, what more does Tyler have to prove to get more screens? Is it that Hollywood is scared that if he's given more screens, his box office profits will be even greater, and thus the money holders will have no reason not to give him bigger budgets? Things that make you go, "hmmmmmm!"

3 comments:

Denzel Hawke said...

I'm not the biggest Tyler Perry fan, by far. I have an issue with the veil of Christian values he's built his empire off of, and his business practices (mainly involving his show "House of Payne" and the writer's getting into the WGA). But I have to be on Mr. Perry's side on this argument. He is a proven commodity, time after time, and him not being able to get more than 2,160 screens (I believe that's the number) is ludicrous. It only goes to show that Hollywood does not value the black audience. Mr. Perry's movies are for a niche audience and until his brand draws in other fans, he will continue to have that problem.

Denzel Hawke said...

I'm not the biggest Tyler Perry fan, by far. I have an issue with the veil of Christian values he's built his empire off of, and his business practices (mainly involving his show "House of Payne" and the writer's getting into the WGA). But I have to be on Mr. Perry's side on this argument. He is a proven commodity, time after time, and him not being able to get more than 2,160 screens (I believe that's the number) is ludicrous. It only goes to show that Hollywood does not value the black audience. Mr. Perry's movies are for a niche audience and until his brand draws in other fans, he will continue to have that problem.

Denzel Hawke said...

I'm not the biggest Tyler Perry fan, by far. I have an issue with the veil of Christian values he's built his empire off of, and his business practices (mainly involving his show "House of Payne" and the writer's getting into the WGA). But I have to be on Mr. Perry's side on this argument. He is a proven commodity, time after time, and him not being able to get more than 2,160 screens (I believe that's the number) is ludicrous. It only goes to show that Hollywood does not value the black audience. Mr. Perry's movies are for a niche audience and until his brand draws in other fans, he will continue to have that problem.