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 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.)

The Less-Than-1% Problem in the domain of Movies (Velikovsky 2014)

The Less-Than-1% Problem in the domain of Movies (Velikovsky 2014)

JT on Games and Evolution

JT Velikovsky – presenting comparative movie RoI research (2014)


 

Here are The Top 20 RoI Movies of the past 70 years.

The Top 20 RoI Films - StoryAlity Theory (Velikovsky 2013)

The Top 20 RoI Films – StoryAlity Theory (Velikovsky 2013) – Data courtesy of The-Numbers LLC.

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.

The Film RoI Bell Curve

The Film RoI Bell Curve

One of the main key elements are that: these movies reflect Human Nature on a grand scale…

Human nature - Gaussian `normal' distribution = bio-psycho-socio-cultural "norms"

Human Nature – a Gaussian `normal’ distribution = bio-psycho-socio-cultural “norms”

Leading to: the consilient, evolutionary perspective on: movie success.

For more, see:

StoryAlity Theory:

  1. StoryAlity #50 – The StoryAlity Screenplay Syntagm
  2. StoryAlity #51 – The Universal Story Structure – and Story Memes – of the Top 20 RoI Films
  3. StoryAlity #52 – The Golden Ratio / The Golden Spiral / The Fibonacci Sequence
  4. StoryAlity #53 – The StoryAlity High-RoI Film Story & Screenplay Checklist
  5. StoryAlity #54 – StoryAlity Screenwriting Guidelines – for any aspiring Writer of High-RoI Films
  6. StoryAlity #55 – Patterns In The Top 20 RoI (Return On Investment) Films: On Frequency
  7. StoryAlity #56 – Patterns in the Top 20 RoI Films: # of Scenes vs Film Duration/Screenplay Length – and: Elliot Waves
  8. StoryAlity #57 – What Are The Biggest-Money-Loser Movies (based on Return-On-Investment)… Doing Wrong?
  9. StoryAlity #58 – The StoryAlity Theory – applied to: some `Great Flicks
  10. StoryAlity #59 – Examining the Loglines of the Top 20 RoI Films
  11. StoryAlity #60 – On Character and Story – in the Top 20 RoI Films
  12. StoryAlity #61 – On The Storyality Probability Calculus – and the Principle of Induction
Plot Trajectories: Hero vs Villain - The Top 20 ROI Films (Velikovsky 2012)

Plot Trajectories: Hero vs Villain – The Top 20 ROI Films (Velikovsky 2012)

StoryAlity High-ROI-Story Criteria (Velikovsky 2012)

StoryAlity High-ROI-Story Criteria (Velikovsky 2012)

See also:

StoryAlity Theory - Comparing the Top and Bottom 20 RoI Films (Velikovsky 2014)

StoryAlity Theory – Comparing the Top and Bottom 20 RoI Films (Velikovsky 2014)

Another view of movie RoI:

Movie RoI (Velikovsky 2014)

Movie RoI (Velikovsky 2014)

 

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.

The Scientific Method

The Scientific Method

This also leads to: The Anna Karenina Principle (Diamond 1997, Ch 9).

JT -still talking about Movies and stuff

JT – still talking about Movies and stuff

– Comments, always welcome.

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JT Velikovsky

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/

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