Explained: How Franchise Culture is Killing Independent Cinema

Franchises seem to be the backbone of the box office, nowadays. The basic film franchise is not an inherently bad thing, but it does pose a threat to smaller independent films that are trying to find their success in the industry. Spider-Man: No Way Home made over $1 billion at the box office while Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza barely made $11 million, as of January 13.

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