Like 2007 we saw 2008 being carried forward by big releases. The most popular releases last year were Spiderman 3, Shrek the Third and Transformers, which together sold tickets for almost 1 billion dollars.
Beside these three another 25 releases made it to past the 100 million mark at the box office. The interesting part is that many of them were sequels. 11 of the 28 movies were sequels to former big releases both older and new. Apart from the three big ones there were Bourne Ultimatum, Rush Hour 3, Die Hard 4, Harry Potter 5 and Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End.
As 2008 progressed we saw releases like The Dark Knight, who grossed huge. But also titles such as Ironman and Indiana Jones and the kingdom of crystal skulls made a good appearance.
It looks like 2008 was a year with more original films being released. Top sellers were Hancock, Wall-E, Kung Fu Panda, Wanted and Get Smart.
We also saw sequels making a big appearance with High School Musical 3, Saw V, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Transporter 3 and not least the new James Bond film Quantum of Solace.
With all these big releases 2008 ended as one of the best years at the box office as a clear contrast to the years before. In 2006 there were only 15 movies that reached the 100 million mark and the number drops, when you look at the years before.
So it seems that the big releases has paid off the last two years to pull people to cinemas, and this is good news, since film studios will probably be more likely to bet on the big releases in the coming years. So hopefully we will all get a lot of chances to visit the cinemas in the next years to see some masterpieces.