100 Million

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the number of films we’ve collectively watched as a community, you’ll know we’re about to reach a pretty significant milestone: our hundred-millionth film will be marked watched within the next fortnight.

When it happens, we’ll know the member and the film and we’re planning to celebrate by sending that lucky, as-yet-unknown Letterboxd member a cool prize. It’s kind of like the lottery, except instead of throwing money away on tickets for a jackpot only one person can win, you’re watching movies, so everyone wins.

So make sure over the next few days you keep marking films you’ve seen as watched, because it could be you. (When you log a film to your diary, we add it to your watched films, so this action counts to the total as well.)

While the counter ticks along, we’ll leave you with some film-related facts.

The first film with a $100 million production budget

True Lies (1994). What, you didn’t think it would be a James Cameron film? Fools. Fun fact: When True Lies came out, it briefly bumped Forrest Gump from the top spot at the box office, but Gump was back at number one a week later. This was the same summer as Speed was released, but Arnie ended up besting Keanu at the box office. Might have been the power of Jamie Lee Curtis and her wardrobe.

Films directed solely by a woman with a $100 million budget

Kathryn Bigelow was the first, with 2002’s K-19: The Widowmaker, followed a decade later by Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who also co-directed Kung Fu Panda 3), Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending (both directed by the Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lilly).

It’s a woefully short list, but one that will almost double within the next two years with the release of Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins), Mulan (Niki Caro) and A Wrinkle in Time (Ava Du Vernay).

Fastest films to make $100 million at the box office

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Jurassic World
  3. The Avengers (2012)
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  5. Captain America: Civil War
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  8. Iron Man 3
  9. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

It took Star Wars: The Force Awakens just one day to make $100 million; the rest of the films on the top ten made theirs within two days. Only seven films have so far made $500 million at the box office; read more stats at Box Office Mojo. (This slow-burn list of films that took their time getting to number one is also quite illuminating—and also features Jamie Lee in the top spot.)

First debut feature by an African-American writer/director to make $100 million

Jordan Peele’s Get Out, which took 16 days to pass the nine-digit mark for domestic gross. The film cost just $4 million to produce. F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton was the last film by a black director to pass the $100 million mark, but it wasn’t his debut film.

10 most expensive films over $100 million

Here’s the list unadjusted for inflation:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($375.5 million)
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($300 million)
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($279.9 million)
  4. John Carter (263.7 million)
  5. Tangled ($260 million)
  6. Spider-Man 3 (258 million)
  7. = (all with budgets of $250 million)
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    Captain America: Civil War
    The Fate of the Furious

When the top ten is adjusted for inflation, Titanic enters the list tied at third-equal with Spider-Man 3, and Waterworld makes an entry at number nine. Source: Wikipedia.

Films with “100 million” in the title

100 Million B.C.—about which you have had this to say: “I think I could draw better dinosaurs than the ones in this film” (Jack); “It gets its solitary star simply for featuring dinosaurs” (Adam Cook).

Last Run: 100 Million Yen Worth of Love and Betrayal—which has had only seven views and three reviews at the time of writing. “An artless blunder from one of the great genre directors of our time. However, the end credits sequence is something of a marvel with an overwrought arena rock song about dreams with a Hiroshi Tanahashi guitar solo in the middle set to two old f*cks on swingsets on the beach. A+ scene.” (Willow Catelyn)


Congratulations to weizee who logged our hundred-millionth film on May 14.

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