None of us, here at The V, have any idea about Hollywood Blockbusters. We’re pretty much strictly Independent Cinema, which means mostly international. But this Davis Equity Index has us hooked and we were particularly intrigued by the mysterious Worldwide Box Office success of Captain America. How did that make sense?
So we grabbed all the Superpower Hits from the All Time Worldwide Box Office table and expanded the franchise titles to include all the films released in each series. Then we grabbed the franchises that seemed like they ought to be on the All Time list but weren’t. We’ll figure out why they didn’t make it to the big list later. That will be good information.
And then we did some strange things that maybe some people might not agree with.
We included the James Bond Franchise, as that seemed to arguably represent an early prototype of the Superhero genre. We did not include the Furious films, although we were tempted, but decided against it since that was more from the glorified bad guy genre, as opposed the glorified good guy genre.
But it did seem to include Indiana Jones, Sergeant Ripley, Neo etc . . .
There were a total of 96 films, going back to 1963 — although the only franchise in the first 14 years was the James Bond Franchise.
That changed in 1977 with the arrival the Star Wars Franchise.
That is, I think we can agree, an astonishing transformation. Clearly, a lot can happen to the zeitgeist in 13 years. How do they look in the context of the Real World? What does The Other 1963 and The Other 1977 look like?
The Other 1963
The Other 1977
No sense in closing without a sneak preview and a chance to influence the vector of the project. Here’s the list of Franchises on the table, with the year they hit the ground running. They did, indeed, pick up speed – from one in the 60s, to two in the 70s, three in both the 80s and the 90s. Two showed up in 1999 alone and then three showed up in 2002.
Here’s the list of Franchises at the-numbers. Let me know if it seems like we left some serious players out.
The comic book seems like it might be need to be spun off into it’s own space, with just one placeholder in the Great Morphing table. That’s a gut feeling. I’m not sure how we would explain it in the context of our hypothesis. Which we haven’t stated yet. Have we?
The Davis Equity Index specifically prioritizes Gender Equity with a pit stop for Age Equity. But the original researcher has expanded that scope to include race and, since we are after all talking about a Global Market and
- the probability seems quite high that Entertainment Media is the viewing public’s number one source of bias mapping
- the United States is responsible for 80% of what the entire world consumes.
That’s a lot of response ability. We should see if we can’t get a better handle on it.
In closing, some thought time capsules:
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