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Transcript of Hollywood Blockbuster
The Hollywood Blockbuster Era started in the late 1970's. It was the end of the New Hollywood era. This era was characterized by the introduction of 'high concept' films. Jaws
E.T. The Extra- Terrestrial
Raiders Of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Doom
The Great Gatsby FAMOUS HOLLYWOOD BLOCK
BUSTER FILMS Steven Spielberg
James Cameron FAMOUS DIRECTORS DURING HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER ERA STUDIOS AND BUDGETS CHARACTERISTICS High Budgets
High Concept Films
Economics, means putting famous actors and actress to success the films
Merchandising, sequels, and mostly "summer films" STUDIOS AND BUDGETS According to the MPAA, studios now regularly invest an average of $96.2 million for the production and marketing costs of a blockbuster movie but "megafilms" (such as the Avengers or Avatar) routinely cost more than $200 million. Titanic (1997), for example, had a budget of $250.2 million and brought in $2.3 billion from theaters around the world.
The bigger the potential for a franchise (or if the franchise already exists), the more studios are willing to risk on the movie -
"The Lord of the Rings" franchise cost $281 million to make and has grossed $2 billion worldwide.
The "Jurassic Park" cost $229 million to produce and grossed almost $2 billion worldwide.
"Shrek 2" (2004) had a budget $70 million for an already established franchise and grossed over $900 million worldwide.
"Avatar" (2009) had a budget of $237 million and is the highest grossing film in history with $2.7 billion dollars. How It Began In the 1960's, studios were in crisis as movie attendance dropped dramatically. Between 1969 and 1972, the major film companies lost $500 million; unemployment in Hollywood was above 40%. The late 1970’s was when the film industry began releasing big-budget films.
This era began when multinational corporations bought up many of the movie studios. Because of new blockbuster franchises, large-scale marketing campaigns, and more content aimed at children, the industry returned to its financial success. GEORGE LUCAS Born May 14, 1944
Industry's evolution from cinema to
spectacle during the late 1970's.
His film Star Wars(1977) introduced a modern
myth to a new generation.
This film revolutionized special effects.
Grossed over 2 billion
Star Wars (all series) and American
Graffiti STEVEN SPIELBERG Born December 18, 1946
One of history's most influential Hollywood film directors, as well as a producer and writer.
Concept of the blockbuster movie was begun and fueled by him.
Released a movie titled Jaws in 1975, which was the beginning of movie blockbusters in USA.
Grossed over 3 billion in Box Office
Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, The Color Purple, Jaws, A.I., Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and Minority Report TITANIC (1997) The TItanic is based on true tragic story that sink on maiden voyage. Titanic was at the time the most expensive movie ever made with a budget of $200 million. The best aspect of the movie is all the details that went with recreating the ship and its sinking on screen. Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $658,672,302
International Box Office $1,527,000,000
Worldwide Box Office $2,185,672,302 JAWS (1975) Part of why Jaws works so well is the sheer size of the film shark. During the movie, it is described as 25 feet long and weighing 3 tons. “Jaws” played in theaters for months and earned more than $470 million, thus becoming the first summer movie blockbuster, according to the book. BLOCKBUSTER ACTORS Robin Williams
Samuel L Jackson "The Godfather" (1971) had grossed over $285 million in rentals and TV airings alone by 1973.
"The Exorcist" (1973) grossed $288 million in rentals and TV airings its first year in release.
"American Graffiti" (1973) grossed $55 million which was virtually unheard of for such a small budget.
"Jaws" (1975) earned $130 million in US rentals alone. In the early 1970's studios were on the brink of bankruptcy... until they weren't. The studios each managed to commission what would become some of Hollywood's most notable and historic films and the very beginning of the blockbuster era. The real game changer though was George Lucas' "Star Wars" (1977) - it cost $11 million to make and brought in $190 million US rentals, $250 million worldwide rentals and a total ticket sale of $500+ million. And with the idea of a franchise created with his movie, studios began producing merchandise for consumers to buy as well. With the new success of these movies, studios became a little more daring with how much money they were willing to spend. As the movies grew more popular and the studios began to rebuild their financial health and the economy stabilized, they progressively spent more and more money on their blockbusters. Star Wars IV (1977): $11mil
Star Wars V (1980): $23mil
Star Wars VI (1983): $32.5mil Jurassic Park (1993): $63mil
The Lost World (1997): $73mil
Jurassic Park III (2001): $93mil So much! HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE CHRIS COLUMBUS Born September 10, 1958
Home Alone and Adventures in Babysitting
He became one of most known director
after the his best known films such as
Gremlins and Home Alone
Movies grossed over 1.5 billion
Rent, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, Nine
Months, Bicentennial Man, Harry Potter, TIM BURTON Born August 25, 1958
The success of the film led to a job directing the 1989 big-budget version of Batman; a darkly lavish, gothic production, the film proved to be a huge hit, securing Burton a place on the
blockbuster era director
Grossed over 1.2 billion
Sweeney Tod, Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory, Planet of the Apes, Sleepy
Hollow, Batman Returns, Edward