• Bruno S. FreyEmail author
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The success of a film is impossible to predict. A few of them are financially successful, while most of them are not. Actors are crucial to a film’s success. As in other parts of the performing arts, a few superstars are greatly admired and highly compensated in a winner-take-all market while most of the other actors earn little. Consumers have many direct substitutes on which to spend their time and money: television, home video, DVD, internet, computer games, musical performances, and popular sport events such as football. Those with lower income and fewer time constraints tend to view mass films, while high-quality movies are mostly viewed by well-educated young city-dwellers.


Superstars Winner-take-all market Predictability Financial success Flops Substitutes Most successful films American best films Revenue European critics Actors Film festivals Movie awards 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CREW - Center for Research in Economics and Well-BeingUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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