How tremendously constructive.
Well, look at me, I'm still waiting for all that stellar output MGM was supposed to produce after becoming 'new and improved'. Didn't happen either...
I guess I'm still waiting for some evidence of SP being a disappointment to the people who made and distributed it...supposition (even educated supposition) is neat and all, but an actual comment or three would be nice (from someone other than Brosnan). Too much to ask?
But I digress. Okay then, let's see if we can approach the topic from a different direction. According to your - no doubt just as educated supposition - there should be a great number of smiling faces behind the works of SPECTRE; people drunken with bliss from counting their considerable profits and ready to sign blindly any contract MGM might offer them for the mere chance to have a similarly ecstatic experience three years from now.
Let's see those faces, okay? Can't be all that difficult to find them...
Blueman, we both know there will be no such thing since the people in the know keep mum about their exact figures. If for example pension fund XYZ turns up with actual returns only around 88 per cent of the projected sum, with no way of catching up on the missing 12 per cent till end of December (or afterwards) that result can be anything from a minor drawback to a real disaster. But you are hardly going to hear about it unless you are either managing that fund, one of its investors - or the tax officer responsible for it. People rarely feel the urge to brag about the things that went not according to plan.
Once more I have to wonder what happened to your knowledgeable grasp on the matter? Supposition, as you put it, is the most we have in this case. And you are perfectly aware of this, so I'm at a loss why you pretend to be ignorant of the fact.
But past experience, together with a number of better known examples, give a pretty good idea where a production stands in terms of break-even point, profit zone and so on; so it's indeed a pretty well educated supposition, thank you.
But since my supposition doesn't cut it for you - and yours not for me - we will have to continue to disagree. What other way would there be to support the argument either way?
Of course we could always wait till the proceedings for MGM's next distribution partner are under way. There is always a chance the odd spin doctor turns up and drops a line or two about how they want things presented. How funny that will be...
Just so nobody wonders, I put Mr Socks to rest. Anybody feeling the need for a puppet to voice his dissent is wrong here.
I hope that's okay with you, blueman?