ALBANY -- How much in public tax breaks has gone to films and television shows across the nation?
The USA Today Network in New York spent months canvassing all 34 states that have film-incentive programs, finding that they allocate $1.3 billion breaks to productions.
Of the states with programs -- and about 10 have dropped them in recent years because of concerns about their economic value -- 29 states responded to our requests for how much each film and show received over the past five years.
The review found the states with programs gave out $6 billion in incentives for more than 5,000 projects over the past five years.
Five states refused to disclose data related to their programs, saying the information is proprietary: Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, New Mexico, and West Virginia.
Sixteen states have discontinued or otherwise do not have an incentive program: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Twenty-three movies and shows got more than $20 million each in breaks. The top five were:
- Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice: It received $35 million in Michigan in 2016.
- Terminator Genisys: It received $32.7 million in Louisiana in 2014.
- GI Joe II - Cobra Strikes: It received $30 million in Louisiana in 2011.
- The new Ghostbusters: It received $26.7 million in Massachusetts in 2016.
- R.I.P.D: It received $26.6 million in Massachusetts in 2012.
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