Boots and all

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - BARRY KOLT­NOW Puss in Boots Opens Vil­lage Cine­mas on Thurs­day

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.

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