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 week of quality over quantity. If for some reason none of the new movies stremaing this week catch your eye, the Ken Burns doc on Baseball is also available, and is a good watch if you need to fall asleep on the couch at the end of a long work day.
Toy Story 3 (PG | 2010)
Flickchart Ranking: #30
Directed By: Lee Unkrich
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Flickchart Ranking: #625
Released on Friday the 17th
|How would you rank it amongst the best action movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #1249
What do your fellow Flickcharters have to say?
willhunting – “Aren’t these pretty much the same movie? Either way, The A-Team was actually damn fun. Just turn off your brain and enjoy. I was afraid of how Rampage was going to do but I thought he did great. Every character, even the bad guys are enjoyable in some way. ”
Avenger7 – “The A-Team is what The Losers was trying to be but failed. The Hannibal character said it best with one line of dialogue, “Overkill is underrated” and in this case, it’s probably true.”
(From The A-Team vs. The Losers discussion)