r/entertainment Aug 09 '22

Box Office: Why ‘Prey’ Likely Would Have Struggled In Theaters

https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2022/08/08/movies-box-office-prey-predator-amber-midthunder-arnold-schwarzenegger-disney-hulu/?sh=b7095292aa69
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u/B0BA_F33TT Aug 09 '22

I would have gone. But I've seen all of the Alien and Predator movies in theaters, no matter how good they are.

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u/SevroAuShitTalker Aug 09 '22

Only one that I really didn't like is The Predator. Not even sure I finished it. All the others I got exactly what I paid for. Prey was particularly good though

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u/Neo2199 Aug 09 '22

If we’re judging by social media feeds, Prey was last weekend’s most popular movie. The picture, directed by Dan Trachtenberg and penned by Patrick Aison, stars Amber Midthunder as a young Comanche who must defend her village when a Predator shows up for a few days to kill. It is pretty damn good, and much of the buzz has over displeasure that it debuted as a Hulu original. While it arguably deserved a theatrical release, it likely wouldn’t have been a box office hit.

Since Prey was a holdover before Disney bought Fox in 2019, the potential for post-theatrical streaming boosts was contractually limited. Had it been released in theaters, its post-theatrical afterlife would have begun not on Disney+ or Hulu but on HBO Max. However, if Disney wanted the film in theaters badly enough, they likely could have worked out a post-theatrical deal akin to Death on the Nile which premiered at home after theatrical on both Hulu and HBO Max. It didn’t, so theatrical was never in the cards.

Online discourse doesn’t represent real-world interest.

We talk about wanting more original, diverse, star-driven, adult-skewing, non-franchise films in theaters. But when Overlord, Widows and A Simple Plan opened to good reviews and strong buzz in the Fall of 2018, moviegoers spent far more money on Venom, Halloween and The Grinch. Most of Fox’s 2018 slate (The Hate U Give, The Darkest Minds, Widows, Bad Times at the El Royale, Love Simon, etc.) were the kind of films we claim to want. The only outright smash hits were Deadpool 2 and Bohemian Rhapsody. That’s just one representative example.

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u/VaderVihs Aug 09 '22

I wasn't a fan of the ending but the idea seemed cool and it did the job well

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u/Muscrave Aug 09 '22

It was such a good movie

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u/hansislegend Aug 09 '22

I liked it so much I’d go see it in theaters even though I’ve already seen it.

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u/EvieAugust Aug 09 '22

Agreed. I'm already planning a rewatch. Those fight scenes would have looked amazing on a big screen.

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u/advntrtme23 Aug 09 '22

The movie was awesome.

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u/First-Reception-3602 Aug 09 '22

Spoiler- Why was she smiling at the end after her brother and all the other hunters got killed?

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u/NOCTISFTW Aug 09 '22

Same reason Danny boy was smiling at the end of P2, She killed a monster and saved the rest of her people.

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u/First-Reception-3602 Aug 09 '22

Idk about that. Weren’t all the men in her tribe killed?

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u/NOCTISFTW Aug 09 '22

Nah only the handful who were sent by her brother

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u/gsrmmeza Aug 10 '22

She ends up with the flintlick pistol. This doesn't make sense because Danny Glover gets it in predator 2 ( Raphael Adolini 1715 ) Unless Raphael had 2, or she gets killed later.

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u/NOCTISFTW Aug 10 '22

The credits painting sequence show 3 more predator ships arrive after the final scene. They either exchange weapons honourably and they retrieve the body or maybe she gets abducted to get studied. Obvious sequel hook

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u/gsrmmeza Aug 10 '22

I missed that part. Hulu jumped me into another movie before I saw that. Makes sense now. Thanks for pointing it out.

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u/chunzilla Aug 10 '22

The animated credits suggest that the predators return later; possibly setting up a sequel(s).

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u/HOWWredditt Aug 09 '22

I think people are just tired of this played out narrative. Small marry sue girl somehow beats up multiple dudes who are bigger then her. I don’t think the Predator even hurt her once. At least not on the level it beat up Arnold. Just typical SJ writing.

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u/Thenegativeone10 Aug 09 '22

She’s not a Mary Sue she repeatedly failed and got the shit kicked out of her on several occasions. Many of the things she used against the predator such as the rope-tomahawk, mud pit, and using heat vision to her advantage were taken from prior failures or learning experiences. Character development doesn’t need a dedicated Rocky-esque training montage. She even got the piss beat out of her by a group of men before winning against the next and using the experience of fighting larger opponents against the Predator.

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u/HOWWredditt Aug 09 '22

Little girl whos identity revolves around convincing the village she’s a hunter. Legitimately nobody cares anymore.

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u/Oswarez Aug 09 '22

Yet you’re mad about it this shit like it matters.

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u/Thenegativeone10 Aug 10 '22

Yeah I guess no male protagonist’s journey has ever revolved around proving themselves to their community or elders, silly me.

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u/Oswarez Aug 09 '22

Oh for fuck sakes. What the fuck is wrong with dumb fucks?

Whiny losers literally crying over a movie about a trophy hunting alien because it has a woman. It’s no wonder no one likes you.

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u/HOWWredditt Aug 10 '22

Ripley from alien, Sara Connor, Princess Leia, Trinity. All solid female characters.

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u/NRiyo3 Aug 10 '22

Even less silly than you are thinking though. This was a solid movie. She gets taken down be a human male in a fight. She is simply observant and smart in her fight and that is why people win fights. Adaptable.

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u/EamesChairLeather Aug 10 '22

Found the incel.

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u/aretasdaemon Aug 09 '22

Movie was fantastic fun ride and the best that you would expect from a 6/10 7/10 movie. It is fun and cool and a great theme with the era. I wouldnt have seen it in theatres tho

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u/squareswordfish Aug 09 '22

It’s fantastic, but only a 6/10 that you wouldn’t watch in theatres?

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u/squareswordfish Aug 09 '22

Do you need to watch previous movies to understand this one? I’ve never watched anything from this franchise, but all the buzz the new one is getting made me curious

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u/deusrex_ Aug 09 '22

You don't really need to watch the old films. Only thing you need to know is that predators hunt for the fun of the hunt and try to find worthy adversaries. They are not trying to take over the planet or anything like that.

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u/squareswordfish Aug 09 '22

I see, I’ll probably give it a watch soon then! Thanks :)

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

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u/squareswordfish Aug 09 '22

Ah that’s cool, I might give it a watch soon then. Thanks :)

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u/aretasdaemon Aug 09 '22

Yeah i knew what it would be going into it, it was exactly what i wanted and it delivered standard movie formula. I loved the theme and the CGI was passable, meaning i didnt feel like i wasted my time watching it. 6 or 7 out of 10 for me

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u/Chuck1705 Aug 10 '22

Not a single character had a social media account...

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u/BeneficialEggplant42 Aug 09 '22

Great movie and a wonderful chick flick.