Sex doesn’t sell…
In 2002, none of the movies in the top 20 grossing films was rated R. Eminem’s R-rated docudrama, 8 Mile, was the top R-rated film, coming in at number 21.
Source: MPAA, USA Today
…But popcorn sure does
Popcorn debuted in movie theaters in the 1930s as an affordable snack. Today, 59% of frequent U.S. moviegoers purchase popcorn. That’s about 5.1 billion quarts of popcorn each year, worth roughly $15 billion. Overall, movie-popcorn sales account for about 30% of all U.S. popcorn sales.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Popcorn Board
Hollywood on Hollywood
“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”
– Marilyn Monroe
“Whew, this movie business is tough. I might just have to go back to loan-sharking for a while to get some vacation.”
– Chili Palmer (John Travolta) in Get Shorty (1995)
“Some of the best movies are made by people working together who hate each other’s guts.”
– Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Have movies gotten that much tastier?
|Average price of a movie ticket in 2002||$5.81||Price of a Burger King Whopper in 2002||$0.99|
|Average price of a movie ticket in 1980||$2.69||Price of a Burger King Whopper in 1980||$1.40|
*Adjusted for inflation. Source: MPAA, the New York Times
Top-grossing U.S. movies of all time, by ratings (domestic box office only).
|G||The Lion King||$312.9||June 1994|
|PG||Star Wars||$461.0||May 1977|
|R||Beverly Hills Cop||$234.8||Dec. 1984|
*Figures not adjusted for inflation. Source: MPAA