This has already been a record breaking year for box office numbers, with titanic blockbusters Furious 7, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), and now Jurassic World taking movie theaters across the globe by storm, leaving previous records in their wake. Something you notice in common between all three? Franchises. Healthy big-budget ones that probably aren't going anywhere any time soon.
Jurassic World came out a while ago, and yet, it's still dominating the box office. It just broke the record previously held for total gross by Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check out the numbers from this amazing year for movies below. Universal is feeling especially good right about now...
It's sitting pretty at #4 of all-time domestic gross... in some pretty decent company, I'd say:
They also appeared in the top 5 all-time worldwide at a nutty $1.385B!
The crazy thing is, these three films might get jumped by [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) and anchored by those four 2015 films (Furious 7, Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Star Wars Episode VII), this will just further prove that the movie experience is going to last for years to come.
There have been people who've said the movie theater experience might become less popular as we enter this digital age, but that argument loses validity when you take a look at these whopping numbers. Are the movies that much better, or are we just in an entertainment heatwave?
I think it's fair to say these three films (and Star Wars too) are the types of movies much better experienced in a theater. So, perhaps our demand for these mega movie blockbuster events could incentivize more big movies and less "passion projects" in our theaters. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.
I envision a model where those more low-budget films still have an outlet, digitally. The big blockbusters will own the theater market and the digital side of things might be more typically where you'll be able to find indie or non-action films. We'll see, though. That's just my opinion. There are certain movies I'd rather watch in the comfort of my own home and others that I want to experience in IMAX as part of an audience experience.
I think this is showing us that people are also going and seeing movies like the ones mentioned above more than once. There is logically no way that these are all just being watched by droves of different people. Some of us are going to see these movies again and again, and that's the interesting part. I can't wait to see how some of these Marvel and DC movies in the coming years do.
If you haven't seen Jurassic World, which at this point seems unlikely given these numbers, you should. It surprised me with how good it was, and I think I'm not the only one. It has exceeded expectations tremendously, and I think it's nowhere near done. Can't wait to go see it again!