A recent comment tried to say I was obviously wrong about my Indiana Jones IV review because of the revenue the movie has taken in and it's ratings by critics.
Since I really enjoy over analyzing movies ...
First, I wanted to stress how tightly intertwined the critics are with large draw movie productions and with big draw stars - if they continually gave movies the ratings they deserve - the studios would seek out reviewers elsewhere that would give the movie a positive rating ... the critics would lose their jobs.
Also ... take into account that movie ticket prices are up 5% in just the last 6 months and up 20% total over the last 3 years. I'll do some math after showing you this..
Here are the Indiana Jones movies revenue totals if adjusted for inflation.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981 release)
Production budget: $18 million
Inflation adjusted budget: $50 million
Inflation adjusted box office take: $606,416,000
Actual box office take:$242,374,454
Domestic revenue: 13X Production budget
Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom (1984 release)
Production budget: $28 million
Inflation adjusted budget: $65 million
Inflation adjusted box office take: $368,305,800
Actual box office take: $179,870,271
Domestic revenue: 6X Production budget
Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (1989 release)
Production budget: $48 million
Inflation adjusted budget: $85 million
Inflation adjusted box office take: $339,985,500
Actual box office take:$197,171,806
Domestic revenue: 4X Production budget
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
(released international May 22,2008)
Production budget: $185 million
Domestic Total as of Jun. 6, 2008: $236,761,000
Requires $370 million to make back money.
* Would require $740 million domestically just to make back the lowest production budget multiplier as figured above. It is very doubtful that this fourth installment will make $740 million internationally. All figures above include domestic box office only.
This $370 million dollar total does not include promotional costs which I think would be pretty high for this movie.
I estimate that the fourth Indiana Jones movie draws in $40 more million domestically in its box office run - making for a loss financially in it's domestic USA release and for a mild box office success once international receipts are counted.
* Box office revenue & inflation adjustment from BOXOFFICEMOJO.COM
* Take into account that these are actual numbers, not estimates for inflation
This movie has a weak script, a weak premise, and now even has an Urban Dictionary entry related to its outlandish plot:
nuke the fridge
A colloquialism used to delineate the precise moment at which a cinematic franchise has crossed over from remote plausibility to self parodying absurdity, usually indicating a low point in the series from which it is unlikely to recover. A reference to one of the opening scenes of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which the titular hero manages to avoid death by nuclear explosion by hiding inside a kitchen refrigerator. The film is widely recognised by fans as a major departure from the rest of the series both in terms of content and quality.
Guy 1: "Wow. Did you see the new Indy movie? What the hell was that? It was like I was having some kind of flu induced absurdist nightmare."
Guy 2: "Yep... did or did not that series permanently Nuke the Fridge?"
Guy 1: "Oh, totally Nuked the Fridge! But I guess Spielberg is happy as long as he has the money of the people who trusted him."
Guy 2: "Guess so..."