When a movie becomes a worldwide box-office hit, we naturally consider the earnings it has made on release worldwide while trying to rank them. Other factors that must be taken into consideration and a crucial one is that, a box-office hit and a film of critical acclaim are different from each other.
We first should understand what really makes a great movie and a box-office hit. We also always deliberate what is good and what it must have. To elaborate the discussion the following factors should be considered-
• The movie should have entertainment value.
• Have meaningful dialogue to gain attention.
• The Plot should be able to carry you on forward.
• The pace of the movie gives it the character, as fast or slow or otherwise.
• Acting and actors make their contribution. Even bad acting can be used to make lot of fun.
• Special Effects can enhance or kill a movie, so planning and the team behind is critical.
• Believability or make believe adds to the character of the movie and purpose.
• The continuity factor is built into today’s movies, where sequels and prequels are abundant.
An interesting Quote by Stanley Kubrick (famous film director, film producer, film editor, screenwriter & cinematographer) can give us a better picture.
“A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”
A film may gross high earnings but other factors have to be taken into consideration to conclude whether it is really lucrative. The dollar rate is not consistent over the years and inflation is a factor that can play with the figures over the years, when a comparison has to be made.
Distribution and the media of viewing feature films or movies have changed over time as newer technologies, changing lifestyles and trends come into vogue. Nowadays a lot of related merchandise, co-branding and copyright factors play a role in the revenue haul. Films make their way into television channels too beside DVD sales and rentals. We may not be able to pin down the exact viewership the movies have gained, which is also a factor to be in consideration.
It would be relevant to mention the film Series Franchises that have influenced film-making and the box-office. One of the greatest examples in filmology is the Star Wars Triology and Prequels which make up the multi-picture story that made many a multi-million dollar story too. Another strange fact is that some of these movies have transformed into popular video games too.
However we based on some reliable facts we can rank the most successful movies made. A list here points to the highest grossing box-office earners or rather the most lucrative films up to 2011-
1.Avatar – released in 2009, 2.Titanic – released in 1997, 3.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part-2 – released in 2011, 4.The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – released in 2003, 5.Transformers: Dark of the Moon – released in 2011, 6.Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – released in 2006, 7.Toy Story 3 – released in 2010, 8.Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – released in 2011, 9.Alice in Wonderland – released in 2010, 10.The Dark Knight – released in 2008.
So now let’s start from the bottom to the top of box-office hits:
10. The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight is part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman film series and a sequel to Batman Begins. This super-hero film, based on DC Comics’ character Batman, was co-written by Nohan with David S. Goyer, produced and directed by Nolan. The comic book criminal character, “the Joker”, is the inspiration behind the story of this film. Released in July 2008, the film received critical acclaim and made record earnings.
It is the 10th highest grossing film as it made $1,001,921,825 at the Box-Office. The film also received 8 Academy Award nominations and won for Best Sound Editing and the Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger as the “Joker”.
9. Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland released in March 2010 was in 3D with lots of visual effects and is inspired by the fantasy novel by Lewis Caroll called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the sequel Through the Looking Glass.
The film was written by Linda Woolverton, directed by Tim Burton, released by Walt Disney Pictures and went on to win Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design at the 83rd Academy Awards. It grossed $1,024,299,904 to become as of now the 9th highest grossing film.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
This movie is the fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. It is inspired by the historical fantasy novel On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers. Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot wrote the movie version. The film was directed by Rob Marhall.
The producer was Jerry Bruckheimer. It got mixed reviews but did very well at the box-office to haul in $1,038,768,411. It was shot also in 3D and had lots of visual effects. It was released by May 18th, by Walt Disney Pictures in formats like Digital Disney 3-D, IMAX 3D and also the conventional 2D and IMAX formats. It stands today as the 8th highest grossing film so far in the world.
7. Toy-Story 3
This 3D computer animated movie was released in June 2010, in IMAX 3D, Real D and Disney Digital 3D. This CG created comedy adventure movie is the 3rd in the Toy Story series, produced by Pixar, directed by Lee Unkrich, with 7.1 surround sound and released by Walt Disney Pictures, to gross $1,063,171,911.
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6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was released on 7th July 2006 in the USA and it set several records at the box-office. It is the 6th highest grossing film as on October 2011 and the highest of Walt Disney Pictures. It has bagged $1,066,179,725.
This movie is the second in the series. Written by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, it was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer with Gore Verbinski as director. The film was nominated at the Academy Awards for Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Best Art Direction. It won the award for Visual Effects.
5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Third in the series of Transformers movies, this one the Dark of the Moon is an American science-fiction based action movie, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Stephan Spielberg.
The filming was done with both the 35mm film-cameras as well as special with 3D cameras. The film was rendered specifically for 3D. Released in 2011, the film grossed $1,106,450,000.
4. The Lord of the Rings- The Return of the King
The Return of the King is based on the 3rd novel in the triology of the Lord of the Rings series. The movies are based on the books written by J.R.R. Tolkien, an English poet, writer, university professor and philologist.
The movie is an epic fantasy-drama directed by Peter Jackson. Released on 17th of December, 2003 the movie received rave reviews and considered one of the best made. It won all 11 of the Academy Awards it was nominated for. At the box-office it garnered a worldwide $1,119,110,941.
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part-2
This film is based on the novel by J.K. Rowling bearing the same name- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part-2. The movie, acclaimed and awarded, is the second of the two directed by David Yates, and grossed $1,327,678,231.
It is the eighth film in the Harry Porter film series and the final one. It was produced by David Barron, David Heyman and the author J.K Rowling. The movie version was written by Steve Kloves. The Harry Potter series contains seven movies.
Titanic is an epic romance and disaster movie written, directed and produced by again James Cameron. It fetched a worldwide gross of $1,843,201,268. It remained the highest grossing for twelve years until Avatar usurped it.
It was not only a commercial success, but won much acclaim and also won eleven Oscars, besides getting 14 Academy Nominations. It was released on 19th December, 1997. The movie is a fictional disaster story based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage. A re-release in 3D is being planned.
Avatar is reported to have grossed $2,782,275,172 after its release in 2009. This Science Fiction film has made landmarks. Having been nominated for 9 Academy Awards, it had won 3 Oscars- for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects & Best Art Direction. Avatar is also the first planned Triology as the director James Cameron has signed up to produce 2 sequels with 20th Century Fox. The concept of the movie was formed by James Cameron earlier but was held back as he felt that the technologies needed for the visual effects for his imagery were not developed fully. Later he wrote, directed and produced it.
The movie is a visual treat in 3D, has unique concepts and messages. The Stereoscopic filming and production is considered ground-breaking. Cameron also worked on a culture for the film’s aliens- the Na’vi and their language created by linguist Dr. Paul Frommer. The film was released for conventional viewing and in different 3D formats like the XpanD 3D, RealD-3D, Dolby 3D and IMAX 3D formats.
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