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What is the criterion for determining the "Yearly #1 Movie" at the Box Office?

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When people say that a movie was the #1 movie of the year in terms of box office, what do they mean? Is it the movie that was released during a particular year that has grossed the most? The movie released that year that grossed the most during that year? During its original theatrical run? Is there a standard definition that has been developed by this forum to answer this?


Examples:

 

1994 Domestic (USA): Forrest Gump made more money than the Lion King during 1994, but thanks to re-releases in later years, the Lion King now has made more money. So which is the "#1 movie of 1994"?

 

1997: Domestic: Men in Black made more money during 1997, but Titanic, which was released in December of that year, made more money with most of it was earned during 1998. So which is the "#1 movie of 1997", MIB, or does all that 1998 money that Titanic made count for 1997 as well because it was released that year?

 

The same issue would apply this year: Jurassic Park is the #1 movie right now, but what if Star Wars ends up grossing $700 million (domestic), with the bulk of it earned in early 2016? Which would be the domestic "#1 movie of 2015"?

 

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2 minutes ago, SteveJaros said:

The same issue would apply this year: Jurassic Park is the #1 movie right now, but what if Star Wars ends up grossing $700 million (domestic), with the bulk of it earned in early 2016? Which would be the domestic "#1 movie of 2015"?

 

 

Star Wars.

 

The only thing it matters is when the movie opened.

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39 minutes ago, SteveJaros said:

 

So which movie is #1 (domestic) for 1994, Lion King or Forrest Gump?

 

Well, in the year, both films were released....it's Forrest Gump with $330M...if you only count single releases.

 

But today...if you count re-releases as well...it's The Lion King with $422M.

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Similar thing could be applied to 1991.

 

There was Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves & Terminator 2. If you only count single releases and in the year they were released..."Beauty and the Beast" was #3, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" was #2 & "Terminator 2" was #1 with $204M.

 

But if you count re-releases as of today...Beauty and the Beast is #1 with $219M.

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1 hour ago, MrFanaticGuy34 said:

 

Well, in the year, both films were released....it's Forrest Gump with $330M...if you only count single releases.

 

But today...if you count re-releases as well...it's The Lion King with $422M.

 

Yes. But my question was is there a consensus among people who track box office numbers about which way you are supposed to count it?

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