Dethroned: Georgia no longer tops for movie production

Dethroned: Georgia no longer tops for movie production
(Source: FilmL.A.)
(Source: FilmL.A.)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A nonprofit film office in Los Angeles, FilmL.A., released a new report that shows Georgia is no longer the top filming location worldwide.

But the Peach State wasn't bested by any other state; it was topped by a nation.

The study analyzes the 100 highest-performing U.S. feature films released theatrically during 2017. It also examined how much money it took to make each film and how much of that money was spent in the filming location.

The study shows Canada beat out Georgia, serving as the location for 20 films. It's not all bad news for the Peach State though. Georgia beat out every other state in the US.

In 2016, FilmL.A. ranked Georgia as the number one location. In 2015, Georgia was in third place.

Movies filmed in Georgia that were released in 2017 include:

  • A Bad Moms Christmas
  • All Eyez on Me
  • American Made
  • Baby Driver
  • Baywatch
  • Fist Fight
  • Gifted
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • I, Tonya
  • Logan Lucky
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

The 100 movies surveyed had a combined budget of $7.55 billion. The film industry in Georgia is responsible for more than 92,000 jobs and more than $2 billion in wages, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

In July 2017, Governor Nathan Deal announced that during Fiscal Year 2017, Georgia-based film and television productions generated an economic impact of $9.5 billion.

"Georgia's film industry supports thousands of jobs, boosts small business growth and expands offerings for tourists," said Deal. "As one of the top places in the world for film, Georgia hosted a remarkable 320 film and television productions during the last fiscal year. These productions mean new economic opportunities and real investments in local communities. We are committed to further establishing Georgia as a top film destination and introducing film companies to the Camera Ready backdrops available across Georgia."

Georgia was also the filming location for several other major movies throughout the years such as Passengers, Captain America: Civil War, Magic Mike: XXL, Selma, Dirty Grandpa, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Founder, Office Christmas PartyMadea Goes to Jail, and Courageous.

Movies released in 2018 that were shot in Georgia include Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Georgia offers qualifying productions a 20 percent tax credit, plus an additional tax credit of 10 percent for productions that embed a Georgia promotional logo in the film's title or credits.

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