The best movie of 2023 has lost money.
Recently, the American Film Critics Board announced the best categories of 2023, summarizing a year of ups and downs for the Hollywood market. Not beyond the audience’s expectations, the best movie of 2023 is Killers of the Flower Moon created by veteran director Martin Scorsese.
In addition to the Best Film category, Blood Moon also won awards for Director (Martin Scorsese), Female Lead (Lily Gladstone) and Best Cinematography.
Blood Moon is the best movie of 2023
Despite being honored for its quality and being the “strongest” competitor of this awards season, Blood Moon is one of the most loss-making movies this year. The project from Apple has a budget of 200 million USD (on par with recent superhero blockbusters or Disney animations), but only grossed 154 million globally. Not including media costs, the film clearly lost at least 46 million USD (nearly 1,200 billion VND), especially when faced with many box office “monsters” at that time, such as The Eras Tour of Taylor Swift.
The film is quality but too long for the mass audience
One of the things that makes mass audiences “hesitate” about Blood Moon is the topic and duration. The project is quite heavy on history and politics, and has a Scorsese style that is not for everyone. Furthermore, the film is 3 hours and 26 minutes long, longer than the previous “long-term” project Oppenheimer (3 hours and 1 minute).
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the male lead Ernest, who has a love affair with a tribal girl Mollie in the midst of chaos
On the other hand, actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting in the movie was highly praised. Thelma Schoonmaker – the editor of the movie Blood Moon and the indieWire website – also frankly praised DiCaprio for his best and most outstanding acting performance since he started acting up to now. Therefore, this is currently the top name for the Best Actor Oscar 2024.