Here is a total for all of the blockbuster movies and movies that have become sleeper hits for the Summer of 2007.
All totals as of Monday June 18 2007:
Spiderman 3 Worldwide: $873 million
Pirates Of The Caribbean 3 Worldwide: $821 million
Ocean's 13 Worldwide $137 million
Shrek 3 Worldwide (not in full release yet) $403 million
These four movies cost a total of almost $1 Billion combined to produce.
To date they have earned (combined): +/- $2.3 Billion
This equals a 200% +/- return to movie studios
Disturbia (In US release only) $79 million (cost $25 million)
Knocked Up( In US release only) $90 million (cost $30 million)
These two movies have earned $169 million combined.
The two of them cost $55 million which makes for 300% + return to movie studios
From my observance: there are 5 films that have only earned exactly their money to produce and one film that was a major box office flop: Grindhouse.
The irony is:
The two movies that have had the biggest return; Disturbia and Knocked Up and the movie that has lost the most money this year so far, Grindhouse are inarguably three of best films I have seen this year. None of the blockbuster sequels have been all that memorable (to me at least).
The box office take so far this year has been HUGE - especially if you count The 300 and Blades Of Glory.
We still have 3 major releases to go: Ratatouille, The Transformers & Harry Potter 5 (which will reach 1 billion + guaranteed)
If this happens, the movie industry is on track to have a 20%+ box office increase worldwide this year.
What will the MPAA say? What happened to piracy taking a toll on the movie industry? They've already said it. "The box office would be up 30% if their were no piracy" - which I honestly don't see how that would be possible - people only spend SO much on movies, and the year so far has already stretched budgets pretty thin ... especially with gas prices being high.
* data obtained from boxofficemojo.com
* Studios (on average) receive 55% of box office ticket revenue and receive an additional 2% in preview advertising + 5% in licensing
* Most movies make an additional 50% of the box office take in video sales and an additional 10% in revenue for television licensing/viewing
* A blockbuster is considered a movie that will gross $150 million or more - meaning that at least 1.5 million of the movie going population has seen a movie.