06/30/2011 12:25 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Not only is Paramount Pictures’ Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon a huge hit at the box office, grossing $13.5 million on opening night; it is also a big money-maker for the state in which it was filmed: Illinois.
The filming of Transformers 3 brought Illinois a whopping $24 million in spending to the state and created upwards of 400 jobs during production, noted the Associated Press in an article today. This significantly contributed to the record-breaking $161 million in spending and the 8,000 jobs the film industry brought to the state in 2010.
In order to further spark their local economy and generate new job opportunities, the state of Illinois offers great production incentives to filmmakers, making it a popular destination to shoot movies.
As Director Warren Ribley from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity put it, “The impact of Transformers 3 extends far beyond its 30 days of production in Illinois by providing millions of dollars in economic activity in the state, creating additional employment for Illinois crew, and, once-again, putting Illinois on the map. As we continue our economic recovery, the film industry will continue to be an important part of our efforts to create jobs and spur economic growth.”
It is great to see what a big part the film industry has in continuously creating new job opportunities and supporting local economies around the United States.