Ln X wrote:
It would make half the money, but if you halved the budget then Paramount would still be getting the same proportion of returns from its investment. You half the budget by trimming down the special effects, being far more careful and measured with the action scenes and cutting down on a bloated advertisement and promotion budget.
Nope. Doesn't work that way, sorry.
You've proposed a recipe for getting slaughtered at the box office. Go big or go home.