To achieve an idea of how much film noir takes in at the box office each year I am lookingat the figures for drama and thriller genres as the Box Office does not class noir as a genre – more of a mood. Drama
1980-PresentCrime dramas andthrillers that imitate orbear similarities to theFilm Noir movies ofthe 1940s and 1950s.
This table shows the US takings of the 5 mostprofitable noir titles.Brighton Rock – was actually produced in2010 which shows that it is a neo-noir title.By the statistics it was obviously verypopular and profitable. This because it wasa modern twist on a classic storyline. Whenwe made our film to ensure a good returnwe are going to plan carefully giving it theperfect styling of the era through the use oficonography and camera techniques. Alsotaking inspiration from classic noir filmssuch as the top 5 which can be seen 2 slidesahead.
Famous noir producers responsible for producing someclassic iconic noir films of the era include..• Warner Bros. – They Drive By Night (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941), High Sierra (1941), Mildred Pierce (1945), The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), Possessed (1947), Key Largo (1948).• Paramount – Among The Living (1941), This Gun For Hire (1942), Double Indemnity (1944), The Blue Dahlia (1946), Calcutta (1947), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Detective Story (1951).• 20th Century Fox – I Wake Up Screaming (1951), Laura (1944), Fallen Angel (1945), Panic In The Streets (1950).• RKO – Stranger On The Third Floor (1940), Murder My Sweet (1944), Cornered (1945), Deadline At Dawn (1946), Out Of The Past (1947).
• Noir has never really been classed as a genre, it is more popularly known as a thriller or action. The most popular thriller was released in 1997, Titanic. It sold a dramatically high number of copies that came to a cost of $1,016,477,150. One of the most common films that are known to be a film noir is Se7en. Within one year of it being released it sold copies that came up to a massive expense of $87,046,142.• Below shows a copy of the average number of tickets sold per year and the percentage of market share from 1995 to 2011 according to statistics from The Numbers website. http://www.the- numbers.com/market/Genres/Suspense.php
As we can see, the year that sold the most tickets was in 1998, this is the timewhere thrillers became quite popular and films such as Titanic, The Jackal and The Gingerbread man were released, these films of which are still popular and well known today, Titanic being the most popular and learned about in schools. There was about 180,000,000 tickets sold in that year; it is also the year that had the highest percentage of market share, at about 12%. 2003 shows the year that sold the least number of thriller tickets. This could be because at this time more modern technology and effects begun to be used, some of which spoilt many movies and made films seem unreal andgives less of an adrenaline rush when watching it, spoiling the movie. It is also the year that had the lowest market share, of about 4%.
• On boxofficemojo.com they class film noir as an individual genre and show that the most popular noir film is Sin City which was released on 1st April 2005. When being made its production budget was $40million. The film became so popular to viewers that its lifetime gross has came to a staggering cost of $74,103,820, in theatres it sold 3,230 tickets. Of all the 64 most popular noir films, the total lifetime gross comes to $586,250,421. Below shows the top 10 film noir films according to www.boxofficemojo. com As you can see from the image above of the top 10 most popular film noir movies, there is a range of some of the well known films such as L.A Confidential and Against All Odds. Also, studios such as Warner Brothers (WB) are one of the most common studios and so movies that they promote will then be shown more and become more popular and common to the human eye.
However as you cansee here with the 10least popular film noirfilms, none of the filmtitles are verypopular, and if youlook at the studio thatthese films arepromoted by, notmany of them are thatpopular and wellknown, for exampleRoxie don’t promotemany movies in thefilm noir genre sotherefore noir filmsthat are promoted byRoxie wont be aspopular as the morecommon films thatthey help promote.
After looking at the top 4 movie genres it has shown that from most popular to least popular thetop 4 movie genres are:• Horrors/Thrillers• Action Adventure• Drama, Romance and Comedies• DocumentriesEvery year this genre has a box office gross of around $161,830,890. The increase inpopularity of box office purchases lately since 2007 is because of the hit thrillermovies of the Paranormal Activity series’. The first of the 3 was made for $15,000. TheBlair Witch Project was the second most famous horror/thriller movie which brought20,591% return share to the studio. The least popular horror/thriller film was EvilDead, giving the studio a 3,820% return. Horror/thrillers are also the most popular filmgenres for bringing in 5* ratings
Its obvious documentaries aren’t going to be the best of film genres for thesimple fact that they don’t include any of the best actors, actresses, directorsor producers and an almost extinct minute amount of effects. To make adocumentary can cost as little as the tiniest fraction of what it would cost tomake a Hollywood film. An example of a documentary that is fairly popular isTarnation, pieced together from the clips the filmmaker had recordedthroughout his life and costing just $218. However that budget the filmmakerhad doesn’t effect the marketing, distributing and number of copies sold. Stillusing that amount as an estimate of what the film cost to create, it broughtback 266,416.97% of its ROI. Obviously because of the little popularity ofactors, budget of making the film and the insight of an unknown personslife, makes it obvious that documentaries such as these will be at the bottomof the most profitable genre list.