>>110852050>Also, Disney has been known to bully movie theater chains into giving their blockbusters more screens
Disney has negotiating power with theaters, no doubt, as their extremely popular shows are keeping a lot of them on life support. But let's look at facts:
Joker opened on 4,374 screens, and it's a low budget R-rated film
Infinity War open on 4,474 screens and it was a colossally expensive PG film
Fox's Deadpool 2 opened on 4,349 screens.
There's really not that much variance unless you are seen as "limited appeal", which is largely read by pre-sales and audience interest.
Disney has some vertical influence, (like all the big studios), but no monopolistic control anywhere.>And that's on top of IP's--they own a large chunk of American culture
They own a significant slice of Nerd Culture. Scorcese would weep if he heard you proclaiming them the stewards of American Culture, and tell you to get some actual culture, you fat fuck.
The biggest influential IPs of the last decade for nerds are arguably Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Disney doesn't own either.
If they can beat a few more nickels out of Aliens, I wish them luck.