14 of the highest grossing movies of 2017 filmed in Georgia pushing the Peach State’s film industry past California for major motion pictures.
According to a new study from FilmL.A., California needed to make changes to their Film and TV tax credit program to bring bigger productions to the state.
The report says only 10 of the top 100 highest grossing films of 2017 were filmed in California, compared to 15 for Georgia and 20 for Canada. That is the lowest total for California since the study started in 2013, which is down from 12 in 2016 and a peak of 21 in 2014.
California’s film industry has been under attack by other states and countries who have lured studios to take their productions elsewhere with tax incentives and luxurious studios. For instance, Pinewood Studios in Atlanta has become the main production home for many feature films including Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther.
Meanwhile, California has seen an increase in small-budget films including James Franco’s The Disaster Artist and Lady Bird.
But before the curtain closes on California’s film industry there is still hope. The study points out that California’s government has decided to open up the tax incentive program to films with $100 million-plus budgets. As a result, several major feature films have filmed in the state including the upcoming Transformers spinoff Bumblebee and Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Marvel has also returned to film in California for the first time since 2014 with the upcoming Captain Marvel, which received $20 million tax incentive to film in both the Bay Area and Southern California.
“In an age when film production is an established global enterprise, California remains a top international competitor,” FilmL.A. president Paul Audley wrote. “This report reinforces a fact that is increasingly well understood –that a skilled local workforce, robust infrastructure support, and a competitive film incentive are prerequisite for film project attraction at scale.”