Movies: How many Blockbusters?
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Movies: How many Blockbusters?

September 1, 1997
By Scott Lewis

(Note: At a time this article was originally published I thought about having a bi-weekly column. This was the first September 97 article.)

This summer seams to be the summer for blockbuster movies. A blockbuster movie is one that takes in at least $100 Million at the box office. Last year there were six summer blockbusters. This year the number is probably going to be twice that. That is amazing. Here are the blockbusters for the two years for you to compare.

Summer Blockbusters

1996

Independence Day
The Rock
Mission Impossible
A Time To Kill
Twister
Eraser

1997

Liar Liar
Jurassic Park 2 - The Lost World
Con-Air
Batman and Robin
Hercules
Face Off
Men in Black
My Best Friends Wedding
Contact
Air Force One
Conspiracy Theory
Copland

Before you start sending the e-mail, let me explain some of these. Liar Liar definitely hit blockbuster status, however, it is questionable whether it was a summer movie since it came out before the summer started. Contact was not at blockbuster status when I last checked, but it is close and looks like it should make it very soon. Conspiracy Theory will make it without a doubt. The summer movies are starting to fizzle, so Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts will have little trouble generating the ticket sales. I think Copland has a good chance. This is the first time Sly Stallone is not playing the classic action hero. I think a lot of people will want to see that, and the 40 lbs. he gained for the role. Throw in Robert De Niro and I think it will make blockbuster status.

This doesn't show some of the other movies that make this summer movie season really stand out. Movies like George of the Jungle for instance. My In-laws took my son to see it. They loved it, and said my son laughed louder than anyone, even at the adult humor. He is 2-1/2 years old. G.I. Jane might get close to blockbuster status, but Demi Moore is a hit or miss thing after Striptease. I know some people that want to see it more because it is about Navy Seals than because it is about a girl in the Navy Seals. My friend wants Spawn to reach blockbuster, but it is not the type of movie to normally go that far. Mimic would also fall into the too sci-fi kind of movie to make blockbuster. Starship Trooper and Event Horizon look like they are also for the die hard sci-fi fans, rather than the masses, and I don't think they are due out in time for summer.

Picture Perfect looks like a great chick-flick, and maybe Jennifer Aniston can draw a lot of sales. I think it will do very well at the box office, but not a blockbuster. Titanic is a big question. It will definitely go blockbuster, but I don't know if it will make it out in time to be considered a summer movie.

So how do you visit all these movies. I have a good friend that is determined to do just that. He has seen all the movies on the blockbuster list, and then some. O.K. he has not seen Copland or Conspiracy Theory yet, but he will. I normally go to about 2 movies a year. Last year was A Time To Kill & Mission Impossible. This year has been amazing. I have seen 101 Dalmatians, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, Jerry Maguire, Batman and Robin, Face Off, and Air Force One. The first five of those my son went with us. He loved the Star Wars movies, Batman and Robin, and Jerry Maguire. 101 Dalmatians didn't go over that well with him.

I hope that this is a trend. I was starting to think really good movies were dropping in numbers. This summer has revived my opinion of the ability for them to make a lot of quality, or at least very entertaining, movies. Keep up the good work.

What do you think? Send me an e-mail and maybe I will post the responses on this page.

Enjoy the popcorn.

Related Links

1997
Liar Liar
Jurassic Park 2 - The Lost World
Con-Air
Batman and Robin
Hercules
Face Off
Men in Black
My Best Friends Wedding
Contact
Air Force One
Conspiracy Theory

1996
Independence Day
Mission Impossible
A Time To Kill
Twister
Eraser

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