Using the All Time 50 Top Box Office Movies to Market Your Film

Using the All Time 50 Top Box Office Movies to Market Your Film-

If you wanted to create a film, but wanted to know what genres are the most popular movie genres, you could start by analyzing the top box office movies of all time.

Similarly, if you completed your film and want to successfully promote it, you might see from the list of the top 50 box office movies below that your film might not fit into the most popular movie genres using this research below. For example, since comedy is one of the most popular genres, you could decide to add a cutscene(s) of a humorous conversation between two people if the movie can accommodate it in terms of plot. That way, when you go to a distributor, you could find “yet” another way to market your film!

There are many variations you could come up with, you just have to be creative and find new ways to market your film! A chart is below of the top 50 Top Box Office Movies, their top grosses, what genre(s) they are and out of the top 50 films, how popular is their genre(s).
Please let me know if you had any creative thoughts and still want to explore them by posting a comment and/or emailing me, Jonathan at movies@privateislandparty.com.

The results from the graph below show the top 50 box office gross hit movies of all time. They are separated into multi genre movies with information from IMDB.com categorizing them into genres. The top movie genres are Drama, Romance, Action, Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy, Crime, Family & Thriller. Other genres did not make the list. The results are not out of 100%, rather 50 x the number of genres.)The movies are with their respective genres the highest in obviously Action- 52% (26 out of the top 50 movies had the action genre in the film) of the 50 movies and even higher in Adventure- at 66% (33 out of the top 50 movies had adventure.) This is of course obvious that people go to see action and adventure the most.

Lets concentrate on the other most popular genres below :

Sci Fi, Comedy, Fantasy and Romance are the most popular. 16 Sci Fi movies have made over 200 million box office receipts, the same as comedy. Following this Fantasy and Romance share the same split, 20% each of the top 50 movies.

What to learn from this research?
To add as many genres to your film as possible to market it!

Top Box Office Movies Total Box Office Film Gross (In Millions) Genre(s) Total Movies % out of 50 movies – genre popularity
#1 Titanic $600,788 Drama, Romance Drama-8/50=16%Romance-10/50 =20%
#2 Star Wars : Episode III Revenge of the Sith $460,998 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi Action-26/50= 52%, Adventure-33/50=66% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#3 Shrek 2 $437,212 Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Romance Animation-7/50=16%Adventure-33/50=66%Comedy-16/50=32%
#4 E.T: the Extra Terrestrial $434,974 Adventure, Drama, Sci Fi Adventure-33/50=66%Drama-8/50=16%Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#5 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $431,088 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#6 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $423,416 Action, Adventure, Comedy Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66%
Comedy-16/50=32%
#7 Spider Man $407,681 Action, Crime. Romance, Sci-Fi Action-26/50= 52%Crime-4/50=8%Drama-8/50=16%Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#8 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $380,270 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#9 Lord of the Rings : Return of the King $377,192 Action, Adventure, Fantasy Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66%
Fantasy-10/50=20%
#10 Spider-Man 2 $373,377 Action, Crime, Romance, Sci-Fi Action-26/50= 52%Crime-4/50=8%Romance-10/50=20%Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#11 The Passion Of Christ $370,773 Drama Drama-8/50=16%
#12 Jurassic Park $357,067 Action, Adventure, SciFi Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#13 The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers $341,748 Action, Adventure, Fantasy Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66%
Fantasy-10/50=20%
#14 Finding Nemo $339,714 Action, Adventure, Comedy Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66%Comedy-16/50=32%
#15 Spider Man 3 $336,530 Action, Crime, Romance, Sci-Fi Action-26/50= 52%Crime-4/50=8%Romance-10/50=20%Sci-Fi-16/50=32%
#16 Forrest Gump $329,693 Comedy, Drama, Romance Comedy-16/50=32%Drama-8/50=16%Romance-10/50=20%
#17 The Lion King $328,538 Animation, Adventure, Drama Animation-7/60=14%Adventure-33/50=66%Drama-8/50=16%
#18 Shrek the Third $320,706 Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Romance Animation-7/60=14%Adventure-33/50=66%Comedy-16/50=32%Romance-10/50=20%
#19 Transformers $319,222 Action, Adventure, SciFi Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#20 Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone $317,575 Family, Adventure, Fanatsy Family-8/50=165
Adventure-33/50=66%
Fantasy-10/50=20%
#21 The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring $314,163 Action, Adventure, Fantasy Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66%
Fantasy-10/50=20%
#22 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones $310,676 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#23 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $309,302 Action, Adventure, Comedy Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66%
Comedy-16/50=32%
#24 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi $309,206 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#25 Independence Day $306,169 Action, Sci Fi Action-26/50= 52% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#26 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black
Pearl
$305,411 Action, Adventure, Comedy Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66%
Comedy-16/50=32%
#27 The Sixth Sense $293,506 Drama, Thriller Drama-8/50=16%Thriller-3/50=6%
#28 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,000 Family, Adventure, Fantasy Family-8/50=16%Adventure-33/50=66%Fantasy-10/50=20%
#29 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and
the Wardrobe
$291,709 Action, Adventure, Fanatsy Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66%
Fantasy-10/50=20%
#30 Iron Man $290,601 Action, Adventure. Drama Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66%
Drama-8/50=16%
#31 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back $209,272 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#32 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013 Family, Adventure, Fantasy Family-8/50=165Adventure-33/50=66%Fantasy-10/50=20%
#33 Home Alone $285,761 Family, Comedy, Crime Family-8/50=16%Comedy-16/50=32%Crime-4/50=8%
#34 The Matrix Reloaded $281,538 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi Action-26/50= 52% Adventure-33/50=66% Sci Fi-16/50=32%
#35 Meet the Fouckers $279,167 Comedy, Romance Comedy-8/50=16%Romance-10/50=20%
#36 Shrek $267,665 Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Romance Animation-7/50=14%Adventure-33/50=66%Comedy-8/50=16%Romance-10/50=20%
#37 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $261,979 Family, Adventure, Fantasy Family-8/50=16%Adventure-33/50=66%Fantasy-10/50=20%
#38 The Incredibles $261,435 Animation, Adventure, Action Animation-7/50=14%Adventure-33/50=66%Action-26/50= 52%
#39 Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Christmas $260,031 Comedy, Family Comedy-8/50=16%Family-8/50=32%
#40 Jaws $260,000 Adventure, Thriller Adventure-33/50=66%Thriller-3/50=6%
#41 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Scull $257,620 Adventure/Action Adventure-33/50=66%Action-26/50= 52%
#42 I Am Legend $256,386 Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller Drama-8/50=16%Sci-Fi-16/50=32%Thriller-3/50=6%
#43 Monsters Inc. $255,870 Animation, Comedy, Family, Animation-7/50=14%Adventure-33/50=66%Thriller-3/50=6%
#44 Batman (Original, 1989) $251,190 Action, Crime, Sci-Fi Action-26/50=32%Crime-4/50=8%Sci-Fi-16/50=32%
#45 Night At the Museum $250,863 Adventure, Family, Comedy Adventure-33/50=66%Comedy-8/50=16%Family-8/50=16%
#46 Men In Black $250,156 Action, Comedy, Sci-fi Action-26/50= 52%Comedy-8/50=16%Sci-Fi-16/50=32%
#47 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $249,538 Family, Adventure, Fantasy Family-8/50=16%Adventure-33/50=66%Fantasy-8/50=16%
#48 Toy Story 2 $245,852 Animation, Adventure, Family Animation-7/50=14%Adventure-33/50=66%Family-8/50=16%
#49 Cars $244,082 Family, Animation, Comedy Family-8/50=16%Animation-7/50=14%Comedy-8/50=16%
#50 Bruce Almighty $242,704 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance Comedy-8/50=16%Fantasy-8/50=16%Romance-10/50=20%

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