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The $1 Billion Plus Movie Club
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Thursday, 28 January 2010 08:14

So AVATAR has recently joined the $1 Billion Plus Club making headlines worldwide, smashing box office records and leaving its competition in the dust with its new wave of mesmerising 3D film-making. At this point in time, it has yet to cross the $2 billion mark in gross earnings at the box office, but what about its peers? Which other films have crossed the $1 billion threshold? Well, it's surprising to learn that three of the Top 5 grossing films of all-time are in fact sequels?!


The Dark Knight Movie Poster

Then THE DARK KNIGHT (RANK: 5th) wrangled its way over the $1 billion mark with a brilliant sequel to follow Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. The Warner Bros. sequel received loads of publicity on the back of The Joker's casting and Heath Ledger's death in the build-up to the film.

This gave The Dark Knight another dimension as audiences watched a posthumous Oscar-winning supporting performance good enough to rattle Jack Nicholson's cage in action. Nolan's crime epic was welcomed by critics and fans alike, ranking in the top 5 of films ever made on IMDB and receiving an extended box office run with repeat waves of interest.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Movie PosterPIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (RANK: 4th) cruised in on the tidal wave created by Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Disney's theme park ride adaptation starring Johnny Depp. The first 2 1/2 hour film captured everyone's imagination with pirates becoming the in-thing and both kids and adults getting a taste for adventure.

The blockbuster set the scene for a sequel, one which received significant exposure as a new pirate ship, more money and more stars were thrown into the mix. Everyone was poised to see how Disney were going to follow-up on part one. The result was only disappointing since the film ended on a To Be Continued... and it didn't have the magnitude of a J.R.R. Tolkien story to steer its course.


The Lord of the Rings - Return of the King Movie PosterTHE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (RANK: 3rd) marked the culmination in a three part trilogy of films by Peter Jackson, crowning the New Line Cinema series with a 4-hour adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King, part Ttree of the epic fantasy novel.

This film was ushered in by two critically-acclaimed parts to the trilogy in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, building up to a grand finale to rule them all. The success of the previous films helped gather enough momentum and public interest to make the completion of the film cycle a must on everyone's film calendars. A defining moment in film history.


Titanic Movie Poster

TITANIC (RANK: 2nd) smashed all records in 1997 with its epic romance and dazzling CGI disaster effects, capturing the famous last moments of the Titanic. The Paramount/20th Century Fox movie was a big hit at awards ceremonies with numerous accolades and nominations and many people watched it 3 or 4 times... despite its 3 hour run time.

Just like Spielberg's Jurassic Park, Titanic was a cutting edge marvel and a demonstration of CGI's impressive capabilities in film at its time led by two rising stars in Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. James Cameron's T2, Aliens and True Lies gave Titanic blockbuster credibility and gave it the impetus to override all previous box office takings... a record that would last 12 years.


Avatar Movie Poster

Then AVATAR (RANK: 1st) rocked the box office (as it continues to do so at the time of this article) with its electrifying display of 3D visuals and its epic saga borrowing narratives from some of Cameron's favourite films over the last decade.

The $500 million tag blockbuster had a long lead time, but in quickly gathered momentum after its worldwide December release through 20th Century Fox. Cameron silenced his critics by capturing the world's imagination all over again - making it his second film to gross in excess of $1 billion!


So the $1 billion plus movie club of top grossing films of all time gets a slight reshuffle... but which of these films truly deserves its prolific money-making spot in the Top 5? Which is your favourite?

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2010 10:05