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Number Crunching Shows Old Movies Are More Creative Than New Ones

3 Movies That Could Break Avatar’s Box Office Record

Despite this, both recognize the growing threat of Virgin Media’s Netflix offering, which is why the pair have teamed up to offer Sky Movies via BT’s subscription TV packages. From October 26th, customers can subscribe to 11 Sky Movies channels in SD as well as on-demand content for an additional fee. It’ll all be done via existing Vision+ and YouView hardware, so there’s no need to buy any more gear, although HD-enthusiasts might just have to bite the bullet and sign up with Rupert directly. Show full PR text BT and Sky reach agreement to add Sky Movies to BT TV BT and Sky have signed a multi-year contract which will see Sky Movies made available through BT TV. BT will offer Sky Movies for a monthly subscription that customers can add to their existing BT TV package from October 26. The agreement means that BT will be able to offer its TV customers the option to bolt-on Sky Movies whether they are customers with the YouView box or the latest Vision + box. For Sky, the deal supports Sky’s growing wholesale content business. BT TV customers will be able to enjoy the latest movies across 11 Sky Movies channels, in standard definition, both as streamed live channels and on-demand for those with BT Infinity fibre broadband. For customers with regular BT broadband Sky Movies is only available on-demand. Sky Movies is the UK’s most popular subscription movies service giving access to over 700 different movies on demand including brand new exclusive premieres every week from major Hollywood studios such as Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., and Universal. Sky Movies subscribers can choose from more of the latest and biggest movies first, at least 12 months before any online subscription service.

Sky Movies comes to BT TV, hell braces itself for cold snap

Sky Movies comes to BT TV, hell braces itself for cold snap

That’s impressive, but nowhere near the all-time opening day record. Across its first weekAvatarended up bringing in $137 million in domestic box office, just the 28th largest opening week. Yet, what was incredible about Avatar was how the film’s momentum continued togrowacross its run. Most blockbusters lose 50% of their box office gross in the second weekend and continue dwindling each and every week until they leave theaters. Avatarlost just 1.8% in its second weekend, its third weekend brought in $68.5 million, a drop of just 11% from its opening weekend. It set the box office record for largest third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh weekends. In multiple weekends, it actually grew from the prior week. It stayed at number one at the box office fora mind-boggling8 consecutive weeks. Add it all up, andAvatarended up breaking the domestic record for largest total box office with a lifetime gross of $761 million. In international markets it brought in more than $2 billion at the box office, bringing its worldwide total to nearly $2.8 billion, another box office record. Only one other recent movie had a comparable run –Titanicstayed at number one at the box office for an astounding 17 consecutive weeks. It’s second all-time at the box office with a worldwide lifetime gross just south of $2.2 billion. Adjusted for inflation,Titanicwould be closer to $4 billion in global box office. Clearly, breaking the box office record won’t be easy. BothAvatarandTitanicfall in the “maybe once every decade” cultural sensation category. Each film was “must see” in theaters, and both rode a wave of buzz and word of mouth. Yet, records are made to be broken, andAvatar’s box office record is no different. Let’s take a look at three movies that have an outside shot at beating its record. Star Wars: Episode VII In spite of being widely panned by both audiences and critics,Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menacebrought in over a billion in box office receipts across the globe. That figure is even more impressive when you consider the movie came out in 1999, meaning that its adjusted-for-inflation figure would put it around $700 million domestically, in the same ballpark asAvatar. The Phantom Menace’s box office haul shows the enduring popularity of Star Wars as a franchise.

You use familiar elements broadly, and then combine them in novel ways. Sreenivasans analysis shows trends within particular genres as well. Action movies are essentially redefined in 1962 with the release of the first James Bond movie. Science-fiction films, on the other hand, show no similar creative uptick during the same period. According to the analysis, novelty in sci-fi has declined essentially since the genre first made it into movies. Its possible that this has to do with early science-fiction films codifying the major tropes seen in these movies. Another part of the analysis seem to correspond to theories put forth by social scientists about how much we enjoy novelty in creative works, said Sreenivasan. In general, humans enjoy new things. More specifically, theres a tendency for people to look at and like things that are new but not too new. If its way out there, its hard to palate, said Sreenivasan. And if its too familiar, then it seems boring. A model known as the Wundt-Berlyne curve illustrates this result. The amount of pleasure someone derives from a creative piece goes up as its novelty increases. But at a certain point, there is a maximum of enjoyment. After that, something becomes too unfamiliar to stomach anymore.

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