By David Zou
As F. Gary Gray’s Fast and Furious 8 passed the billion-dollar mark at the global box office, it became the thirtieth film to do so. This represents an opportunity to revisit the films that have reached this financial landmark, and question how many of them are deserving of such staggering takings.
A quick look at the titles will show that only two of the films are original features, all others are prequels, sequels or adaptations of some sort, whether that be of books, historical events, toys or theme park rides. In the eyes of the money men, this is reason enough for Hollywood to continue to churn out sequels and neglect original properties, as they are not as bankable and are deemed too risky.
Box office takings are accurate as of July 2017.
All film titles are UK release titles and therefore some films will be titled differently across the world.
30. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Worldwide box office: $1.124bn
Sitting through one of Michael Bay’s Transformers films would, to many, sound as appealing as experiencing A Clockwork Orange’s Ludovico Treatment, and that would not be an exaggeration. His work with on franchise has been likened to an attempt to suck the soul out of cinema, and while it is true that the Transformers films are reprehensible orgies of mechanical sounds, horrific objectification and incomprehensible fights, the films take a staggering amount of money.
Ultimately, Hollywood relies on the takings of its biggest blockbusters, and so long as people flock to the cinema to see films such as these, they will only continue to be made.
29. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
Worldwide box office: $1.104bn
It would appear that Michael Bay’s idea of rejuvenating a franchise would be to replace the two → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema