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Universal Just Had Its Best Year, Without Franchises

Interesting article over at the Dissolve about how Universal Studios just had its most successful year in its history without a single tentpole movie in play (the sole exceptions being the Purge sequel, and Dracula Unbound, the first movie in an as-yet-vaguely-realized shared universe).

Instead of focusing on a handful of gigantic, expensive event movies, the studio produced a large number of mid-budget comedies and thrillers such as Non-Stop, Neighbors, Lucy, and A Walk Among The Tombstones, none of them huge blockbusters, but collectively enough to turn a sizable profit. That's not to say that Universal has given up on the franchise; Furious 7 will be one of the next year's biggest releases, and the "Monsterverse" is still a go. But it does suggest an alternative to the "all franchises, all the time" approach that's become common in the last few years.

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