As of last Friday, Iron Man 3 has become the latest film to gross more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It has become only the 16th film in history to do so (at least, not adjusted for ticket price inflation), and did so in only 22 days. Now, Shane Black has become the most unlikely of candidates to have directed a billion-dollar flick.
It’s a club that’s becoming slightly less prestigious with every passing year. Foreign markets are becoming even bigger box office draws to the studios than the domestic one, and greater advertising pushes, bigger and more bloated sequels, and effects-heavy action (not to mention rising ticket prices) are leading to bigger and more top-heavy opening weekends. And it’s becoming more common: Four of these films (a full quarter of the list) were released in 2012.
Here are the 16 films that make up the Billion-Dollar Club, from the lowest- to highest-ranked on Flickchart:
A (not so) long time ago, in a galaxy (not so) far, far away…
It is a period of intergalactically-themed humor. A group of friends, striking at George Lucas‘s fortified base, have launched an attempt to steal a copy of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace before its 1999 release date.
Meanwhile, two British nerds, fresh from attending their first ComicCon, attempt to help a drug-addled alien with the voice of Seth Rogen escape our planet.
They are loving and raucous odes to science fiction fandom, locked in deadly combat. Two films will enter, one will leave. Even now, the first bell rings, and the epic battle of Paul vs. Fanboys is under way… Read the rest of this entry »
LucasFilm intends to re-release Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in February 2012 after giving it a 3D conversion, with the intention then being to convert the other five films in the saga, releasing one per year.
The problem is, there’s been a bit of a backlash against 3D lately. Recently, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sold more tickets in 2D than in 3D, and audiences are growing wary of bad 2D-to-3D conversions. Perhaps an even bigger problem is that – while the podrace sequence might be pretty cool in 3D – The Phantom Menace is not exactly a film that audiences have been clamoring to have re-released. It’s a money grab, of course.
Recently, Star Wars producer Rick McCallum has stated that if The Phantom Menace under-performs, they won’t bother with the rest, so fans who might have wanted to save their cash to see the Mos Eisley Cantina, the Cloud City of Bespin or the Battle of Endor in 3D might have a problem. “One a year, if they work,” McCallum stated. “If they don’t, there will just be one.”
In other words, shell out your cash for the prequels, or the original trilogy 3D conversion will never happen.
(via Czech Position)