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Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 03:18 AM Reply

How come you never hear about a documentary film making millions of dollars?

There was March of the Penguins, but nothing else.

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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 03:21 AM Reply

Because people are that fucking stupid that they loathe to learn - even though most documentaries that are popular are based on the flimsiest of evidence.


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 03:25 AM Reply

Planet Earth, An Inconvenient Truth, Fahrenheit 9/11, Justin Bieber : Never Say Never (shamefully), Chimpanzee, Earth... Want me to go on or did you have enough? I can keep rubbing your nose in your own lack of research for a whole paragraph if you want.


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 03:27 AM Reply

because for the most part they're for a niche audience that is interested in that topic


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 03:37 AM Reply

Because people like shit things. If you follow stuff by popularity then you will have a bad time.


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 03:48 AM Reply

At 4/26/13 03:37 AM, TheColourAwesome wrote: Because people like shit things. If you follow stuff by popularity then you will have a bad time.

mad cuz no one likes "the trivial solitude of flannel capricorns" or whatever this hipster watches


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 03:52 AM Reply

At 4/26/13 03:48 AM, BasedBubbus wrote: mad cuz no one likes "the trivial solitude of flannel capricorns" or whatever this hipster watches

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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 11:54 AM Reply

There are many documentaries that make a lot of money but I have to say that a lot of great documentaries don't get the attention or pay off they deserve

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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 12:11 PM Reply

Top Grossing Documentaries

If you put the worldwide gross up against the budgets, you'll find that the top documentaries are some of the most (financially) successful blockbusters in the history of cinema.


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 12:28 PM Reply

Because they don't link historical events to extraterrestrial lifeforms.


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 12:41 PM Reply

I think it has much to do with documentaries not generally being viewed as cinematic. They're usually not renown for the cinematography or sound design, which makes a cinema viewing much less essential. I'll be the first to admit there's been documentaries I've passed on thinking "I'll wait for the blu-ray" in order to see a narrative picture instead.


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 01:02 PM Reply

I have found the best documentaries are the smaller ones like TPB: AFK and Reformat The Planet, it's a documentary, it shouldn't be a blockbuster


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 02:25 PM Reply

At 4/26/13 03:25 AM, triplenoob wrote: Planet Earth, An Inconvenient Truth, Fahrenheit 9/11, Justin Bieber : Never Say Never (shamefully), Chimpanzee, Earth... Want me to go on or did you have enough? I can keep rubbing your nose in your own lack of research for a whole paragraph if you want.

None of these made hundreds of millions of dollars, which is blockbuster territory.

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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 27th, 2013 @ 05:41 PM Reply

At 4/26/13 02:25 PM, ChloBro wrote: None of these made hundreds of millions of dollars, which is blockbuster territory.

Well, I'm pretty sure Farenheit 9/11 did.


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 27th, 2013 @ 06:12 PM Reply

At 4/27/13 05:41 PM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 4/26/13 02:25 PM, ChloBro wrote: None of these made hundreds of millions of dollars, which is blockbuster territory.
Well, I'm pretty sure Farenheit 9/11 did.

yep, it made $222,446,882 worldwide

that's blockbuster territory


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Response to Blockbuster documentaries? Apr. 28th, 2013 @ 10:35 PM Reply

At 4/26/13 02:25 PM, ChloBro wrote:
At 4/26/13 03:25 AM, triplenoob wrote: Planet Earth, An Inconvenient Truth, Fahrenheit 9/11, Justin Bieber : Never Say Never (shamefully), Chimpanzee, Earth... Want me to go on or did you have enough? I can keep rubbing your nose in your own lack of research for a whole paragraph if you want.
None of these made hundreds of millions of dollars, which is blockbuster territory.

You originally just said millions, not hundreds of millions. Anyway, I don't really know why they're not as popular as fictional feature films. When it comes to them generally being for niche audiences and not being as cinematic, which others have mentioned, those could be reasons. It may all depend on the doc, though. If a doc like The Imposter got a wide release and got the same amount of advertising as, say, Oblivion, who knows how well it would do? (Of course, it also depends on how well it's advertised.)


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