Georgia won big thanks to the production of New Line Cinema’s new action comedy, Game Night. According to figures from the studio, the film, which follows a group of friends as their regular game night suddenly turns into a real murder mystery, generated $14.7 million to the state’s economy. In total, the production paid over $6.1 million in wages to the more than 300 local workers hired to bring Game Night to life.
“These numbers are proof that wherever film and television production goes, economic benefits follow,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles H. Rivkin, “Georgia’s place as one of the most prolific production centers in the country means continued opportunities for local workers and businesses. Our thanks to Governor Deal and the State Legislature for their work to help our industry – and the state – thrive.”
As the couples in Game Night set out to solve the case, the clues lead to a dramatic conclusion – both on screen and in the Peach State. The production spent more than 40 days shooting in Georgia, largely in the Atlanta area. It supported a wide array of in-state vendors, including numerous small businesses, such as:
- More than $3.7 million spent on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies.
- More than $1.3 million spent on transportation, including truck and car rentals.
- More than $490,000 spent on lodging.
- More than $450,000 on hardware and lumber supplies.
- More than $410,000 spent on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew.
Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film Office Lee Thomas said, “We were excited to welcome back seasoned Georgia filmmakers Jason Bateman, Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley for their action-comedy Game Night. This film had a significant impact in Georgia by employing hundreds of Georgians and supporting local businesses – creating a significant boost to our state’s economy.”
Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chair Representative Doug Collins (GA-9) said, “Georgia has distinguished itself as a place where moviemakers come to tell their stories. Our state is home to stunning landscapes and no shortage of professionals to support a variety of productions. Georgians have invested in this creative industry, and I’ve had the privilege of championing policies that support filmmaking as a vibrant sector of our state and nation’s economies. I look forward to the continued economic growth that this industry will bring our state.”