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:
Flickcharters have been busily ranking over the past months – both the old and the new – and we have up-to-the-minute results on which movies in 2011 have climbed the charts to sit atop the list as the best of the summer. Read below for statistics of some of the summer’s best ranked films, along with some thoughts on each of them from several of our regular contributors here at the blog. Read the rest of this entry »
|Movie||Weekend $||Total $||$/Theater||Add to Flickchart|
|Rise of the Planet of the Apes||$27.5 Mil||$105 Mil||$7,451|
|The Help||$25.5 Mil||$35 Mil||$10,073|
|Final Destination 5||$18.4 Mil||$18 Mil||$5,832|
|The Smurfs||$13.5 Mil||$102 Mil||$3,939|
|30 Minutes or Less||$13 Mil||$13 Mil||$4,501|
|Cowboys & Aliens||$7.6 Mil||$82 Mil||$2,300|
|Captain America: The First Avenger||$7.1 Mil||$157 Mil||$2,513|
|Crazy, Stupid, Love.||$6.9 Mil||$55 Mil||$2,630|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2||$6.9 Mil||$357 Mil||$2,848|
|The Change-Up||$6.2 Mil||$26 Mil||$2,135|
Source: Box Office Mojo
They’ve created the most successful chapter in one of the most successful movie franchises (and already the third-highest grossing movie of all time). Now, the writer and director of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are close to establishing a deal to create another multi-film adaptation of a famous book.
Writer Steve Kloves and director David Yates will be adapting Stephen King’s The Stand for the big screen, in two or, possibly, three films. The post-apocalyptic book – one of author King’s most ambitious and best-selling works – details the events following the outbreak of a virus that kills 99% of the people on Earth, and would be decidedly darker and more adult material for Kloves and Yates to tackle. The Stand was adapted into a TV mini-series in the 1990s, but putting it up on the big screen would allow for a darker adaptation, free from television restrictions.
Deals are apparently coming together quickly, as this appears to be a priority project for Warner Bros. and Vertigo Pictures.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final installment in the decade-long, eight-picture franchise, is still playing in theaters. It is the highest-ranked Harry Potter film on Flickchart and has grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide.
|Movie||Weekend $||Total $||Times Ranked||Add to Flickchart|
|Rise of the Planet of the Apes||$54.0 Mil||$54 Mil||394|
|The Smurfs||$21.0 Mil||$76 Mil||166|
|Cowboys & Aliens||$15.8 Mil||$67 Mil||1434|
|The Change-Up||$13.5 Mil||$14 Mil||42|
|Captain America: The First Avenger||$13.0 Mil||$143 Mil||5119|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2||$12.2 Mil||$343 Mil||8071|
|Crazy, Stupid, Love.||$12.1 Mil||$42 Mil||613|
|Friends with Benefits||$4.7 Mil||$49 Mil||562|
|Horrible Bosses||$4.6 Mil||$105 Mil||2919|
|Transformers: Dark of the Moon||$3.0 Mil||$344 Mil||3973|
Source: Box Office Mojo