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What Makes a Blockbuster? Economic Analysis of Film Success in the United Kingdom

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  • Collins, A.
  • Hand, C.
  • Snell, M.C.

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In this paper we attempt to evaluate whether a film's commercial performance can be forecast. The statistical distribution of film revenues in the UK is examined and found to have unbounded variance.

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  • Collins, A. & Hand, C. & Snell, M.C., 2001. "What Makes a Blockbuster? Economic Analysis of Film Success in the United Kingdom," Papers 137, Portsmouth University - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:portec:137
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    Keywords

    DISTRIBUTION ; INCOME ; FILM INDUSTRY;
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    JEL classification:

    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature

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