Trailers of the Top 20 RoI (Return on Investment) Movies
In my doctoral research study, I examine the top 20 RoI movies. (And also, the Bottom 20 RoI movies. Just to compare.)
In my research, I’m addressing a problem that I call `The Less-Than-1% Problem in Movies and Screenwriting‘. Namely, that less than one percent of movie screenplays presented to producers, then become a movie, that breaks even… (This is a serious real-world problem, if you’re a film creative.)
And, there are a number of interesting things about this dataset. One of them is that: a Top 20 RoI Movie comes along every 2.05 years, on average…
And so – in case you haven’t seen them, here are the trailers for the Top 20 RoI Movies:
(*Warning: Watching these 20 x Trailers all in a row can be somewhat emotionally-intense, but, then again, that’s kind of what they’re all designed to do, I guess…)
#1 – Paranormal Activity (2009)
#2 – Mad Max (1980)
#3 – The Blair Witch Project (1999)
#4 – El Mariachi (1993)
#5 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)
#6 – Rocky (1976)
#7 – Halloween (1978)
#8 – American Graffiti (1973)
#9 Clerks (1994)
#10 – Once (2007)
#11 – Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
#12 Open Water (2004)
#13 – Friday the 13th (1983)
#14 – Saw (2004)
#15 – Primer (2004)
#16 – The Evil Dead (1983)
#17 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
#18 – The Full Monty (1997)
#19 – Star Wars (1977)
#20 – My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
And then, in 2013, as predicted by common elements in the above movies, a new top 20 RoI movie emerged:
#14 – The Devil Inside (2013)
The StoryAlity study reveals: there are many common elements in the Top 20 RoI Movies.
One of the main key elements are that: these movies reflect Human Nature on a grand scale…
Leading to: the consilient, evolutionary perspective on: movie success.
For more, see:
- StoryAlity #50 – The StoryAlity Screenplay Syntagm
- StoryAlity #51 – The Universal Story Structure – and Story Memes – of the Top 20 RoI Films
- StoryAlity #52 – The Golden Ratio / The Golden Spiral / The Fibonacci Sequence
- StoryAlity #53 – The StoryAlity High-RoI Film Story & Screenplay Checklist
- StoryAlity #54 – StoryAlity Screenwriting Guidelines – for any aspiring Writer of High-RoI Films
- StoryAlity #55 – Patterns In The Top 20 RoI (Return On Investment) Films: On Frequency
- StoryAlity #56 – Patterns in the Top 20 RoI Films: # of Scenes vs Film Duration/Screenplay Length – and: Elliot Waves
- StoryAlity #57 – What Are The Biggest-Money-Loser Movies (based on Return-On-Investment)… Doing Wrong?
- StoryAlity #58 – The StoryAlity Theory – applied to: some `Great Flicks‘
- StoryAlity #59 – Examining the Loglines of the Top 20 RoI Films
- StoryAlity #60 – On Character and Story – in the Top 20 RoI Films
- StoryAlity #61 – On The Storyality Probability Calculus – and the Principle of Induction
Another view of movie RoI:
One key to examining the Top 20 RoI Movies is not to look at what they all do differently – but rather, look at what that all the do the same.
This also leads to: The Anna Karenina Principle (Diamond 1997, Ch 9).
By the way, in 2016, IBM’s Watson cut a movie trailer for the horror film `Morgan’:
I also created a computer program (as a result of my PhD research on the top 20 RoI Movies), that comes up with (and also judges) creative movie ideas. Check it out…
See: The Robo-Raconteur Top 20 RoI Movie-Creator Program (Velikovsky 2017).
– Comments, always welcome.
High-RoI Story/Screenplay/Movie and Transmedia Researcher
The above is (mostly) an adapted excerpt, from my doctoral thesis: “Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema”. It is presented here for the benefit of fellow screenwriting, filmmaking and creativity researchers. For more, see https://aftrs.academia.edu/JTVelikovsky
JT Velikovsky is also a produced feature film screenwriter and million-selling transmedia writer-director-producer. He has been a professional story analyst for major film studios, film funding organizations, and for the national writer’s guild. For more see: http://on-writering.blogspot.com/