Production on the 20th Century Fox film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul was responsible for a major boost to Georgia’s local economy, according to new figures from the studio. The production spent over 200 days filming in Georgia, generating more than $14 million in local economic activity.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul production employed nearly 2,000 local workers, who took home more than $7.3 million in wages. A significant portion of the production’s investment also supported a wide array of in-state vendors, including numerous small businesses, such as:
- Over $4 million on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies.
- More than $1 million on catering, bakery goods and other food items.
- Over $500,000 on hardware and lumber supplies, and equipment.
- More than $700,000 on transportation, including truck and car rentals.
MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd said: “Georgia continues to shine as a hub for film and television production. With Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul we see the impact such films have on local businesses, individuals, and families. I am proud of the work being done in Georgia, and look forward to continued success.”
Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film Office Lee Thomas said: “The production of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul not only hired hundreds of local crew and worked with numerous support companies, but it will soon spur new tourism opportunities as fans come to see the Georgia locations that were used as the backdrop for the film. Key locations include the Kiwanis fairgrounds in Griffin, the Georgia International Convention Center and Stone Mountain – all of which not only saw the immediate impact from the film but will soon see a bump in tourism dollars.”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul brings the popular children’s book series of the same title to life. The film, which follows three others in the series (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), chronicles the adventures of a young boy, Greg Heffley, as he attempts to become famous. Catch Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul in theaters May 19.