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

  1. the probability seems quite high that Entertainment Media is the viewing public’s number one source of bias mapping
  2. 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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11 thoughts on “The Plot Thickens

  • June 29, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Those transitions are SO interesting!  I have to say, one of the more recent x-men movies, Logan, is my fav.  Wonder what it might say about this generation?  It definitely did well.  The production budget was $97 million (staggering thought for me) and domestically it made $226,264,245/foreign $389,652,107, with a total gross of 39.1%.

  • July 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    There’s no way James Bond was alone in the 60s. We need to at least add Clint Eastwood’s Spaghetti Westerns.

    And neither was Star Wars alone in the 70s.

    What about Charles Bronson’s Death Wish Vigilante?

    And Eastwood’s Dirty Harry Callahan!!!

    Ronald Reagan LOVED those movies.


  • July 2, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    1979, 1981 & 1985 Mad Max’s Mel Gibson

    1988, 1990, 1995 Die Hard’s Bruce Willis

  • July 3, 2017 at 10:23 am

    What!?!?!!! No Harry Potter?

  • July 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Clint Eastwood on “A Fistful of Dollars”

  • July 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    The Most Popular Movie Star in the World (1977)

  • July 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Wow. Wow. Wow. The plot most definitely thickens!

    …great, great address. lots of statistics that still stand. 🙁Reference

  • July 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    From Bias Networks

    In 1978, African American households in the United States earned 59 cents for every dollar of income European American males earned. In 2015, African American families still earn 59 cents for every dollar of income that European American families receive, and the racial gaps in wealth are even more stunning. For every dollar of wealth that European American males have, African American families have six pennies and Indigenous Americans have seven pennies.


  • July 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    He left out half the human race and I’d like to say it’s because it was 1963, but it could just as easily have been 2017. We need to overhaul the whole Constitution.
    Example 1. Section 1, Article 2.

    No Person shall be a Representative who shall not . . . be an Inhabitant of that State in which they shall be chosen.

    Wherever it says “he” it needs to say “they” – ad nauseam, through out the whole antique mess. Gender neutrality, that’s the ticket. Just so “himself” needs to be “themselves”.

    nor shall (any person) be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against themselves (5th amendment (clearly this document gets no respect whatsoever (could it be because we are not systematically teaching these principles in popular media?)))

    And while we’re at it, we need to make a few changes to the Declaration of Independence. For starters:

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary to . . . a decent respect to the opinions of humanity requires . . .
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all human beings are created equal, that we are endowed by Creation with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among peoples, etc etc etc

    • July 6, 2017 at 5:32 am

      How weird is it that he said “race has no place”?

  • July 4, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I wasn’t going to say anything, but if everyone is going to say something . . .

    It doesn’t make sense to talk about freeing “slaves”.

    If our textbooks are still propagating that slop, we need to go through with a search and replace and specify that the Civil War was fought to give African Americans human rights. It was African Americans that were freed, not “slaves”.



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