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Wes Anderson at Arthouse Box Office, Lesson in ‘Asteroid City’ – Cannes – Deadline

Art has not recovered quickly post-Covid, but one of the oases for the sector, even by pre-pandemic standards, has always been a Wes Anderson film.

This summer we have his latest all-star absurdist comedy, asteroid city, which just premiered at Cannes, which begins its limited run on June 16.

How big has Anderson been at the box office? In 2014 he hit a record high with his final multiple Oscar winner, The Grand Budapest Hotel which earned $59 million domestically and $173 million worldwide. Also in 2018, his animated film, Isle of Dogs, was strong enough for art houses with $32M and $64M WW. However, his French shipping, released in the fall, just as theaters were reopening in 2021, saw just $16 million US/Canada and $46 million worldwide.

Does the potential collapse of the art house sector keep Anderson up at night?

“It hasn’t, but it probably should,” he tells Deadline.

As for dealing with the problem, the filmmakers say there’s a lesson in its ending, which follows a myriad of people mostly stuck in a western desert town during a Stargazer youth convention.

“Part of the theme of our film is ‘Things Beyond Your Control,'” says the director, “You know part of what our film does is how you experience these things and just go ahead and let them in. and accept them. those.”

Like most mainstream filmmakers, Anderson doesn’t live in the past with his earnings, but “I’m in the next,” he says; meaning the next production to start.

“When you can’t do the next one, that’s…I think it’s going to come suddenly,” he continues.

Anderson told us that he never tests his films, but shows them to a small group of friends as well as at film festivals, all the while looking to gauge the clarity of the story and the characters in the picture.

As to why some films in his canon flopped at the box office, ie Grand Budapest Hotel, and why the others did not descend from the earth (Aquatic life With Steve Zisou was immediately ripped off by critics in 2004 with a rotten 57% and grossed $24 million domestically, but its cult appeal has grown over the years), Anderson admits that “you have no idea what’s going to happen happen” after a movie is shown. released.

“I feel like when I make a movie, the first thing people see is that I made it,” he says, “what I mean is, ‘Here’s our story and our cast.'”

A rich man’s problem: “My new film is in competition with all my other films,” notes Anderson.

Regarding the commercial potential of his prize, Anderson says: “You can get a strong feeling that maybe this is going to be good or not, but it’s completely unpredictable from the director. It’s hard to learn, you can’t simulate it.”

He adds, “you have to do it your way. And be lucky indeed.”

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