Why the Box Office Doesn't Define Success

Why the Box Office Doesn't Define Success

Box office flops have a way of bouncing back.

There's nothing quite like the movie theater experience. Even in an age when convenience is prized above all, it can still drive us to leave the comfort of home for a few hours.

Many films benefit greatly from the theater experience. It's not just the massive screen and the overpowering speakers, though that undoubtedly plays a factor. There's an element of community in sharing a room with an excited crowd, having waited months for what you're about to see.

Unfortunately, the box office has a way of burying some of the most interesting films of any given year. Audiences flock to theaters for spectacle, but may be wary of more original and ambitious stories. Some of the greatest films of all time have slipped through the cracks, only to be re-discovered after their theatrical releases.

It's a Wonderful Life may be regarded as a Christmas classic today, that wasn't always the case. Despite several nominations and a win at the Academy Awards in 1947, the movie was a commercial flop that bankrupted its production company. Director Frank Capra once claimed that the film's failure essentially ended his career in Hollywood. The FBI even regarded the film as Communist propaganda, due to its depiction of a villainous banker. In 1974, the rights holders allowed the film to lapse into public domain. Once television stations could air the film for free, it became a staple of Christmas entertainment.

Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott's sci-fi noir classic, also proved to be a disappointment upon release in 1982. After a negative test screening, the film was heavily altered for theatrical release, against the wishes of Scott and the film's star, Harrison Ford. For the next decade, two versions of the film were available: the Theatrical Cut, and the slightly more violent International Cut.

The film's reputation improved after the original cut was shown at several film festivals. In response to the film's growing popularity, the studio commissioned the vastly superior Director's Cut in 1992, released in theaters and widely seen on VHS. Scott later re-edited the film again to produce the Final Cut, which was released on DVD.

Video sales, while not as widely reported as box office figures, can be an important factor in a film's ultimate success. While it's now unthinkable that moviegoers could somehow resist going to a Batman movie, 2005's Batman Begins was only a modest success at the box office. The film's popularity was eventually proven by impressive DVD sales, paving the way for the incredibly successful sequel, The Dark Knight.

This all goes to show that a film's legacy is not defined by its box office performance, but the passion it inspires in those that see it. First impressions can be misleading, and sometimes audiences and critics simply aren't prepared for something new. Perhaps the box office flops of today will be studied in the film schools of tomorrow. Only time will tell.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.


For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols


5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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