Marketing campaign costs of most Hollywood blockbusters have always been a mystery for me.
- “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” spent $100 mln on it ($217 mln budget)
- “Avatar” – $150 mln ($237 mln budget was acknowledged)
- “Waterworld” – roughly $70 mln ($172 mln budget)
- “Mars Attacks!” – $20 mln ($80 mln budget)
What the fuck do they do with all that money?
Well, TV surely eats a huge amount of it:
A rule of thumb would be that marketing and promoting costs are 30-50% compared to the films official budget, but – attention! – these costs are not included in the actual budget, so when you check Wiki or Mojo for how much some recent blockbuster did cost, remember to add roughly 40%, just to get the idea.
“In 1980, the average cost of marketing a studio movie in the U.S. was $4.3 million ($12.4 million in today’s dollars). By 2007, it had shot up to nearly $36 million,” as is stated here.
I know that most people reading this blog are from the USA and maybe you, guys, think these things are obvious, but here in Europe things are slightly different (and in average the USA have the highest TV consumption per person in the world). There are other things to take into consideration too, but it wasn’t my intention to discuss it here.
So when going out today I was literally shocked by seeing this…
Ok, cool, you’ll say, right, but you don’t really get the context, I suppose. Same telephone booth, another angle:
Yep, that’s one of the most visited places in Europe, Milan’s delicious Duomo. But that’s not just it. If you go down in the local subway, it’s literally all covered with “Stranger Things” promotions, it is always crowded so I took photos only of these…
…but there is much, much more, and the posters are very creative. There are even upside down posters!
Now I see there they spend the money. Just buying a place like that right in the center of Milan costs a lot, and Italy rarely allows something that may damage the cultural image of the buildings (for example, most shops are forced to use the signboard of similar colour to the building if it is a historical one, and bright colours are not allowed in a historical center of any city).
Well done, Netflix! Now people like me do a free promotion of your show.
How are “Stranger Things 2” promoted in your town? I’ll like to know it too!