I love a good film session. There is nothing better than closing the curtains, grabbing a duvet and some snacks, and having a good old flick-binge. With so many ways to watch films these days, cinema, Netflix, downloads, streaming etc, its easy to get what we what, when we want it.
Movies generate income from several revenue streams, including theatrical exhibition (cinema), video/DVD, television broadcast rights and merchandising. However, theatrical box office earnings are the primary way in which to judge the success of a film. More importantly, if its going to be a BLOCKBUSTER.
FAITH IN THE FRANCHISE
In the good old days, traditionally, war films, musicals and historical dramas have been the most popular genres, but franchise films have been among the best performers in the 21st century.
These franchises have dominated the box office blockbuster list for years. Seven Harry Potter films (Grossing $7.7 billion worldwide) and all six films from Peter Jackson ‘s Middle-earth series (grossing $5.8 billion) are included in the supersonic earnings chart, while the Jurassic Park, Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises feature prominently.
Alongside wizardry and “wand-law”, the world has gone superhero crazy, with some of the biggest box offices dosh, coming from Batman and Superman (DC Comics) and films based on the Marvel Comics brand, such as Spider-Man, X-Men and films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which tops the bill at number 1. Wait for it… Worldwide Gross: $9,060,537,598!
A FEW STATS
Here is the top 5 highest grossing films of ALL TIME. Shocking amounts of money if I may say so.
1. Avatar (2009) $2.7 billion
2. Titanic (1997) $2.1 billion
3. Star Wars – The Force Awakens (2015) $2 billion
4. Jurassic World (2015) $1.6 billion
5. The Avengers (2012) $1.5 billion
Amusingly, if you adjust these blockbuster earnings for inflation, some surprising classics enter the money race. Hits including Jaws, The Sound Of Music and E.T make an appearance, and top of the bill… Gone With The Wind. Adjusted for inflation as of 2014, this 1939 classic scoops $3.4 billion in takings!
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Ed Sheeran is still dominating the UK Singles Charts this week, however there are some newcomers pushing the redhead off the top spots.
Top 5 singles this week.
1. Shape Of You
2. Galway Girl
3. Castle On The Hill
5. Something Just Like This
Chainsmokers & Coldplay