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:
Taste is subjective, and the Flickchart community is reminded of this every time we’re confronted by our choices. There are, however, some films almost universally damned and have been since they were released. In fact, some of them have been unpopular since before they were released. We’ve known for ages that a trusted critic’s star-rating or blurb review in the local paper can sway moviegoers, but what about the films who were condemned before anyone ever saw them?
Ah, the ’80s. A time when people wanting an opinion on a new movie had to seek out critic reviews in print and on television, rather than simply consulting Twitter, or Rotten Tomatoes, or the Highest Ranked Films of All-Time on Flickchart.
As hard as it might be to believe now (what with them occupying three slots in Flickchart’s Top 10 of all time), not everybody loved the original Star Wars trilogy even when the movies first came out. There were always people ready to jump to their defense however, including critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel of At the Movies. Here, the dynamic duo face off against their fellow critic, John Simon, on Ted Koppel’s Nightline, as Simon claims the Star Wars films are making kids even more stupid than they already are.
Check out this amusing clip after the jump.
While it is just a small sample of the collection of 60+ short films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival from January 17-27 in Park City, Utah, the festival’s programmers have made 12 of these shorts available on YouTube for everyone to watch. This is good news for anyone unable to attend the festival; they can get a glimpse of some works that would otherwise be unavailable for months, or possibly even years.
Everybody knows the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The premise of the forthcoming film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, co-written and directed by Tommy Wirkola, is simple: Years have passed since that fateful day at the gingerbread house, and a grown-up Hansel and Gretel are now bounty hunters who kill witches for money all over the world.