"Original Movies Aimed At Adults" That Made The Year’s Box Office Top 10…And Came Out In The First Half
Mark Harris noted on twitter that so far there are ZERO movies that are not “remakes, sequels, or adaptations of material for children” in the 2014 US box office top 10. And that before 2000, half a Top 10 would be “originals aimed at adults.” While I won’t remotely deny that blockbusters are totally youth and franchise oriented, I would just like to add two things:
- It’s July.
- These are the “originals aimed at adults” in the US Box Office Top Ten from 1980 to today that came out in the first half of the year.
(I’m being harsh and getting rid of any PG-13 or PG movie where the lead is underage - g’bye Back To The Future, Blue Lagoon, ET, WarGames, Karate Kid. I’ll keep adaptations of novels even though they’re NOT truly “originals”).
1980: Airplane!, Coal Miner’s Daughter
1981: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Stripes, The Cannonball Run, The Four Seasons
1982: Porky’s, Poltergeist
1983: Flashdance, Trading Places
1984: Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Police Academy, Romancing The Stone, Splash (big first-half-of-year for grown ups!)
1985: Cocoon, Witness
1986: Top Gun, Back To School, Ruthless People
1987: The Secret Of My Success, Lethal Weapon, The Witches Of Eastwick
1988: Coming To America, Big, Beetlejuice
1989: Dead Poets Society
1990: Pretty Woman, The Hunt For Red October, Total Recall
1991: The Silence Of The Lambs, City Slickers, Sleeping With The Enemy
1992: Sister Act, Basic Instinct
1993: Jurassic Park (More scientists than kids, I’ll allow it), Sleepless In Seattle, Indecent Proposal, In The Line Of Fire, Cliffhanger
1995: Apollo 13
1996: Twister, The Rock, The Birdcage
1997: Liar Liar, My Best Friend’s Wedding
1998: Deep Impact
1999: The Matrix, Big Daddy
2000: Gladiator, The Perfect Storm
2001: Pearl Harbor
2002: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
2003: Bruce Almighty
2004: The Passion Of The Christ, The Day After Tomorrow
2005: Mr & Mrs. Smith
2006: The DaVinci Code
2007: 300 (yeah, it’s a graphic novel, but rated R)
2009: The Hangover
2014:…already guaranteed none!
So yeah, you can still see a decline, and there’s no reason to assume this Oscar season is gonna push Superhero Squad 8 off anyway. But I still think this gives the descent of cinema over the last 30 or so years a little context.