Would You Pay $50 To See WORLD WAR Z?

world-war-z-pittBack when television was first starting to make an impact on how people consumed entertainment, movie studios responded to the sudden drop in theater attendance by coming up with ways to entice ticket buyers back such as widescreen, 3D and stereo. Now the industry is seeing a similar situation as people by pass the theatrical experience in exchange for staying at home and watching a film on their increasingly sophisticated home theater systems. But these days, studios have responded with 3D (again), IMAX and gimmicks like D-Box motion seating as offerings at the local cineplex not available to the average consumer at home.

Paramount has decided to try something a bit different, offering something that extends the experience a bit past the theatrical experience itself. The studio is calling it a “Mega Ticket” and next week’s zombie apocalypse movie World War Z will be the first film for which you can buy one. And for just $50 you get –

  • To see the film two days before its official release
  • An HD digital copy of the film when it becomes available
  • One small popcorn
  • A pair of custom RealD 3D glasses
  • An official full-size, limited-edition movie poster

Honestly, unless you are a super die hard zombie movie fan, I can’t see how this is much of a deal. An average 3D ticket runs anywhere between $12 and $15 dollars while a HD digital copy of the film will probably be included in the eventual blu-ray release, which will come in around $30. Factor in the price of the popcorn (and no soda), and about the only thing you are getting out of the deal is to see the film two days early and a limited edition poster.

Currently the studio is partnering with Regal theaters to test this in five cities – Orange County, Houston, San Diego, Atlanta and Philadelphia. If it is a success for the studio, I expect we’ll see more promotions of these types. If it doesn’t, I would hope that Paramount experiment or do some research into what kinds of packages people would actually want and feel are worth their money. It’s an interesting idea and one worth exploring in order to get the right combination of things.

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty years experience writing about film and pop culture.
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Shane Brennan
June 14, 2013 2:32 pm


Jeff Stolarcyk
June 14, 2013 2:34 pm

SyFy movies have taught me that anything prefixed with ‘MEGA-‘ is dangerous and wants to hurt me.

Cyanide Rush
June 14, 2013 2:36 pm

Probably not the film to try this with. No real zombie fan is even clamoring to see this.

Zachary Smith
June 14, 2013 2:44 pm

Its an interesting idea but I agree with the fellow above me, I’m going to see the movie but I don’t think I’m going to be happy about it.

JohnWayne Colwell
June 14, 2013 2:45 pm


Damon Casantini
June 14, 2013 2:52 pm

step one in killing what’s left of the movie industry…go from crazy to ludicrous pricing and watch how quickly profits melt away. I wonder if they’ll ever remember the old formula of making a bunch of cheaper pictures so if their tent pole movies flail they have a cushion…naw too easy.

Cyanide Rush
June 14, 2013 2:54 pm

Damon, they might get the hint from The Purge ($3m budget, $36m opening weekend), and certainly Hammer Studios is blazing that trail again with the successful Woman in Black, and the up coming Gaslight (both with modest budgets).

Caroline Sauers
June 14, 2013 2:58 pm

son and i read the book. i think i have the feeling we will both hate the movie. am i right? please tell me.

Michelle Sowden
June 14, 2013 3:10 pm

I would not go for free!

Stephen Silver
June 14, 2013 3:44 pm

So they’re charging people $50 to go to the press screening?

Nathan Jackloski
June 14, 2013 4:11 pm


William Gatevackes
June 14, 2013 8:22 pm

They have to make their money back in someway, don’t they?

Richard Zeszotarski
June 14, 2013 8:24 pm

Good grief, no!

Rich Drees
June 14, 2013 10:55 pm

Stephen- At least they’re getting free popcorn out of the deal.

Stephen Silver
June 17, 2013 10:57 am

I just don’t see how seeing the movie two days early is worth $50, popcorn notwithstanding