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Titanic sits at just north of $2.187 billion worldwide, but it's about to hit a lion shaped iceberg! Here's my analysis of why The Lion King will beat it. 1) The Lion King is the ultimate Disney nostalgia film. In 1994, the Lion King made $763 million worldwide. That was more than DOUBLE what Beauty and the Beast did just 3 years prior. TLK consistently ranks as peoples favorite Disney film overall, and it's iconography is second to none. In North America, Europe and Australia; it will command the a huge wave of viewers from all quadrants just based on the nostalgia factor alone. People from the age of 50-25 who grew up on the movie will want to see it, and they will want to take their children and grandchildren to experience it as well. 2) In 2017, the BATB remake made over $1.26 billion worldwide, during a time of year when most kids and young adults are in school. A year earlier, The Jungle Book was able to nab nearly a billion despite not being nearly as popular as the "Golden Age" films of BATB, Aladdin, and TLK; and being the first major CGI Disney remake blockbuster. The Lion King will be out during the summer, with little relevant competition for over a month. The summer timeframe bodes well for legs on blockbuster family movies, even with huge opening weekends (ex. Incredibles 2 - 3.3x, Finding Dory - 3.6x). Where as films like Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory had a bit over a decade of build up, The Lion King has had 25 years and it has only grown more popular over the decades. 3) The story and visuals of TLK will translate exceptionally well across almost all cultures. There will be no "strictly Western" or "strictly Eastern" themes that would hurt it, unlike many other films. In countries that are less susceptible to the nostalgia, the international buzz and easy cultural assimilation will help it tremendously (ex. Gavin Feng has already said he can see it doing upwards of $300m in China.) 4) Jon Favreau is at the helm, and his previous outing in the same style/genre (The Jungle Book) was highly acclaimed across the board. This is important because it provides subconscious faith that you don't have to really worry about the film being bad. WOM should be high, right from the jump So the question is.... Are you in, or are you out? 😎
As we all know that in overseas box office grosses, exchange rates are a major variable that can affect the overall gross of a film considerably. In an attempt to remove this variable and see closer to the actual image, I am compiling the local currency grosses of four 2 Billion dollar films, Avatar, Titanic (including 3D), Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and converting them to dollars at current exchange rates of the respective countries. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EeD1sXigLMJpYL4lCufDkuGM_zcI5jDH77io-GykQrE/ The sheet is still work in progress, and I would like help from you all. You can contribute, by sending the local currency gross or correct dollar gross (Since these figures are from Mojo they will be bit incorrect) of your country or countries you track. You can send your entries by commenting here or mail me. Thanks and let's hope we get the objective done soon.
So I've seen Titanic for what must the billionth time again.Now I'm talking about the scene after Rose saves Jack from being locked up tot he pole int he master at arms' quarters thingy. (as rose refuses to get into a lifeboat once & the 2nd time she jumps off)So I'm sure you all remember the scene, it's one of the most emotional in cinematc history imo.So Cal & Jack kinda force roe to get into a lifeboat...but of course once the lifeboat is halfway down Rose jumps out of it and back on to the Titanic and says "you jump I jump" to Jack.If Rose had stayed in the lifeboat I think Jack may have actually survived the sinking...on his own he would have had more of a chance. And had he found that wooden thingy in the ocean later that only one person could float on he'd be on it instead of Rose.On the other hand maybe on his own he wouldn't have as much of a moativation to stay alive as he would've had while he had to protect Rose too. Of course his motivation could still be just as high as he knew Rose would be waiting for him.