Spotlight Movie: A “Hard Sell” but $88m in Global Sales

Since premiering in the United States in late 2015, the movie Spotlight has earned US$88 million in revenue, split almost evenly between U.S. ($45 million) and international sales ($43 million). Along the way, the movie has earned two Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Screenplay) and given journalists around the world a needed boost. But winning Academy Awards didn’t lift Spotlight too high. The movie is the second lowest-grossing Best Picture winner in the last 38 years.

Spotlight Wins Oscars for Best Picture, Screenplay

The movie Spotlight, based on the Boston Globe’s investigative reporting into pedophilia inside the Catholic Church, won best picture and best screenplay at the 2016 Academy Awards late Sunday. “We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters,” declared producer Blye Pagon Faust as she accepted the award. “Not only do they effect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity of investigative journalism.”

Spotlight: 8 lecciones sobre periodismo de Investigación

“En primera plana” (Spotlight) es sin ninguna duda la película más convincente y profunda sobre periodismo de investigación desde Todos los hombres del Presidente (All the President’s Men), el clásico de 1975 sobre el escándalo Watergate. Con una excelente narración, el film se sumerge en el trabajo del equipo de investigación del Boston Globe sobre uno de los crímenes más notorios de nuestro tiempo: el encubrimiento y la tolerancia sistemática de miles de casos de pedofilia por parte de la Iglesia Católica. En momentos en que los periodistas de investigación están bajo fuego en todo el mundo, esta película funciona como un tutorial público sobre por qué este tipo de periodismo en profundidad es tan importante para la democracia y la rendición de cuentas.

8 Lessons on Investigative Journalism from “Spotlight”

Spotlight is without a doubt the most compelling, most insightful movie on investigative journalism since All the President’s Men, the 1975 classic on the Watergate Scandal. This is great story-telling that takes viewers inside the Spotlight investigative team at The Boston Globe as it dived into one of the more notorious crimes of our time – the systematic tolerance and cover-up of thousands of cases of pedophilia by the Catholic Church. At a time when investigative journalists are under fire around the world, here is a public tutorial on why in-depth, watchdog reporting is so important to social accountability and democracy.