MPAA: ‘Independence Day’ generated $44M for New Mexico

independence day movie, krqe.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The Motion Picture Association of America says the movie “Independence Day: Resurgence” generated more than $44 million for New Mexico, where the alien sequel was filmed.

Numbers released by Twentieth Century Fox on Friday show the movie hired over 5,750 New Mexico workers and paid them around $19.4 million in wages.

The film spent 158 days on location in New Mexico.

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis says the “Independence Day” numbers demonstrate the effect the film and television industry has on the state’s economy.

The industry in recent years has stepped up productions in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The popular AMC-TV series “Breaking Bad” was filmed in Albuquerque and has generated a number of “Breaking Bad” related tours.

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