“Nobody panics when things go according to plan. Even if the plan is horrifying. If tomorrow I tell the press that like a gang banger, will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all, part of the plan. But when I say that one, little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh and you know the thing about chaos, it’s fair.” – The Joker
After three weeks The Dark Knight continues to break box office revenues and is already posing a threat to the number one grossing movie of all time, Titanic. Worldwide Titanic‘s gross, beat out Lord of the Rings by over 700 million along with other notable franchises such as the Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter and Star Wars series. Curious thing about this hype is how Titanic attracted such high ticket attendance, for there should be no competition between this shipwreck and this joker – Titanic is simply a disaster waiting to happen.
1997 must have offered little in the realms of entertainment, even including the population growth since Star Wars, it is obvious viewers were still paying for multiple viewings. After following other top money busters of 1997 like Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Tomorrow Never Dies and The Fifth Element, it is clear that disaster and action are a sure thing to draw a crowd but what these opponents lack is Titanic‘s heartthrob, the Leo DiCaprio factor, and the classic Romeo and Juliet story making Titanic more than your typical date movie as we’re sure to see bodies afloat AND titty. But even with the Leo-mania and today’s A.D.D. youth Titanic still appeals to more than these other blockbusters…old farts! With a sure fire plot, seniors are sure to not get confused with the newest hollywood effects and action.
But now for the iceberg. Though we are made to believe that Titanic is number one in box office history, the truth is, after ticket price inflation, it reigns only at number six on the list. However, no worries, for our box office formula still holds true as Gone with the Wind, has held its place at number one since 1939. With movies being one of the few forms of CHEAP entertainment during The Depression, Gone with the Wind as well provided something for everyone in the general audiences, including rednecks.
So what will it take to knock Gone with the Wind from number one? Where did Titanic go wrong? For since then movie screens and worldwide releases have only increased. Perhaps Celine Dion and My Heart Will Go On is to blame?