Hollywood is now believed to be convinced of the formula of ‘pre-sold’ films, which are based on a story in a book. The experts on Hollywood say that once people have become familiar with a particular setting, or certain characters, they are more than happy to spend time in a cinema eating popcorn for 90 minutes, as their favourite characters come to life.
Following on after the first couple of films, Hollywood experts’ belief is that this formula is the way to stop a movie franchise from fizzling out.
The Harry Potter saga, released in cinemas on July 15th, is said to become the second largest money spinner of all time, when measured by box-office revenue. However, this publicity is questionable.
Lord of the Rings which was released as three films, based on the JRR Tolkien’s trilogy, earned $971.3 million per film, or $2.9 billion overall.
A non book story based movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, netted $3.6 billion, or $922 million per film.
Based on J. K. Rowling’s books, Harry Potter’s 7 films made $6.3 billion, or $909.9 million per film.
The comic based character of Spiderman, which has 3 movies, took a total of $2.4 billion, or $832 million per film.
The cartoon character Shrek, with 4 films, produced $268.9 billion, or $734.9 million per movie.
Jurassic Park, with three films, produced $2 billion, which is $691.8 million per movie.
Ice Age, which was not book-based, or comic strips, produced $1.9 billion, or $640.7 million per film.
Star Wars, made popular through the TV series, but not based on a story book, produced $4.5 billion, with 8 films, or 551.3 million per film.
Again not story based and with 4 films, Indiana Jones netted $1.9 billion, which is $495 million per movie.
Toy Story, a cartoon character only, has 4 films which have netted $1.9 billion, or $486.7 million per film.
Batman, a comic based character, with 8 films, made $2.6 billion, or $330.6 million per film.
The dashing James Bond, originally based on Ian Flemming’s writings, then John Gardner’s work, now has 23 films that have made 5 billion, or $220.6 million per film.
The comic character Superman with 5 films, had taken only $870.438 million, or $174m per movie.
Star Trek, again a non story based series, has 11 films, earning $1.4 billion, or $133 million per film.
The Pink Panther, a cartoon character, averaged only 37.8 million per movie, with 11 films frequently starring the actor Peter Sellers, netted $378 million.