Boots and all
DON’T look now, but Hollywood is releasing another franchise film.
This week Puss in Boots arrives, a prequel for a minor character in the Shrek series.
Last week it was all about the first part of the last book of Twilight. Even the Police Academy movies had to end some time.
It doesn’t matter that the studio has made $ 1.8 billion at the box office and sold 25 million DVDS for the first three Twilight movies. It always hurts when it ends.
Film franchises play a critical role in the business of making movies. And it’s not just about the money. Well, it really is about the money, but people in Hollywood are fond of pointing out that, from an artistic standpoint, franchises help to finance the ‘‘ small’’ movies that win Oscars.
Here are the most profitable film franchises in history, in order of US box office grosses: 1. Harry Potter: The eight films were to the movie business what the seven books were to the publishing industry, with 116 million copies sold in 50 countries. 2. Star Wars: It is hard to believe there was a time when the Force wasn’t part of our world, but if you want to put a date on it, it would be May 24, 1977. That’s the day before the first movie opened in theatres. 3. James Bond: In 1962, Dr No said yes to a franchise that would stretch over five decades and nearly two dozen films. Everyone has their favourite 007, and the people who don’t think it is Sean Connery are wrong. 4. Batman: This franchise is so strong it survived Batman & Robin. 5. Shrek: Let’s put it this way, Puss in Boots, a spin- off movie based on a relatively minor character, has grossed more than $ 100 million in three weeks. 6. Pirates of the Caribbean: After five movies and countless close- up shots of Johnny Depp’s cheekbones, it is easy to forget this was based on a ride at Disneyland. 7. Spider- Man: Sometimes a studio suffers from serious separation anxiety and refuses to let go. That may explain why they’re making another movie. 8. Transformers: This trilogy was so successful even the second film, which the filmmakers and stars conceded was a mess, made a billion dollars. 9. The Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit, being filmed in New Zealand, continues the franchise that has not only included a best picture Oscar- winner, but has made enough money to create a real Middle Earth. 10. Star Trek: This franchise has gone where no other franchise has gone before – making the successful transition from one set of characters to another.