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BDog on the most successful Movie Franchise……

Franchise  = Everything made on the Movie…Box Office, Doll, Toys, Books (Ah, Ha! )….Comic Books , Clothing, etc……Everything

James Bond?…..Nope……

Star Wars?……..Nope…..

The answer is Harry Potter folks……

[ James Bond and Harry Potter characters….]

The most successful movie franchise of all time is the “Harry Potter” series, which recently edged out another famous Brit: James Bond.

According to Box Office Mojo, the first six adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s beloved books have earned a staggering $5.4 billion worldwide, not adjusted for inflation.

The 22 films considered part of the official Bond canon (the 1967 spoof “Casino Royale” and the 1983 out-of-continuity “Never Say Never Again” don’t count) have earned an estimated $5 billion globally. But even if the earnings of those two films were included, it still wouldn’t be enough to put 007 on top.

If only U.S. box-office totals are counted, then the six-film “Star Wars” saga would be the top draw, with $1.9 billion in receipts, compared to $1.7 billion for the “Harry Potter” movies and $1.6 billion for Bond films. (Worldwide, the “Star Wars” movies have earned $4.2 billion.)

But the box-office receipts may not tell the whole story. When other sources of money such as merchandising are included, then George Lucas’ Star Wars universe of Jedi, droids and Wookiees is Hollywood’s highest-grossing franchise. In 2005, Forbes estimated the Star Wars Empire had grossed $20 billion from movie tickets, books, games and anything else you could possibly license.

Still, Bond is certainly Hollywood’s greatest franchise in terms of endurance and longevity. Since the first Bond adventure, “Dr. No” in 1962, it has thrived for 48 years, although the 23rd Bond picture is reportedly on hold for now.

Bond may need to stick around awhile to have any chance of overtaking Potter.

The last of Rowling’s books, “The Deathly Hallows,” is being adapted into two films, the first of which is scheduled to arrive in November 2010. With millions of people still captivated by the Harry Potter phenomenon, the film series may pad its lead as the worldwide box-office leader.

It’s important to note these dollar amounts are not adjusted for inflation; otherwise, the Bond series and Star Wars would be well ahead of the boy wizard in terms of global box office earnings.

Meanwhile, Director James Cameron is reportedly working on two “Avatar” sequels…..


Note.…..Pictured above as James Bond is Daniel Craig……who IS actually British and  Harry Radcliffe who plays Potter….. and is also British……

May 15, 2010 Posted by | BDog @ PolitcalDog 101, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 3 Comments

From BDog……The upcoming Superhero movies/Sci-fi list is just craziness………

Who said the Movie Theatres where going to go out of business?

Not with all of this fine stuff coming at us!……

I’m waiting for the Avengers, Star Trek, Thor, Captain America and Transformers……

Whew…..and I’m going to see Iron Man this weekend…….

The Dog

BDog sends us this piece he found out there surfing the net’……..

It was announced last week that Warner Bros. Pictures had signed a new deal with IMAX to release 20 upcoming films over the next three years in the giant-sized format. That’s big news on its own, but that wasn’t the real bombshell: included on the lists of titles was “Batman 3,” with a release date set for July 20, 2012.

Christopher Nolan, director of “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” stated this past March that he was planning to finish his Bat-trilogy with a final movie. But this is the first time a release date has been established. After the last movie brought in just over $1 billion worldwide, anticipation for another movie has been sky high. Still, there are some other giant movies coming in the summer of 2012 to be plenty excited about as well.

More Comic Book Action
The summer ’12 movie season will kick off with “The Avengers,” the movie that will bring together Marvel Comics’ biggest heroes. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk will team up in a massive movie opening the first weekend of May. Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson are definitely on board for the flick, which will reportedly be directed by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon.

If that’s not enough comic book action for you, the Fourth of July weekend will bring Spider-Man back to the big screen. Directed by the appropriately named Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer“), the movie will be a franchise restart, sending Peter Parker back to high school. No casting announcements have been made for that movie yet, but it will be in 3D.

Of course, there will be sequels that summer, and leading the pack will be the next installment of “Star Trek.” With J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot having earned 2 1/2 times more money than any previous “Trek” movie, it was inevitable that his young Enterprise crew would return for another mission. Abrams hasn’t committed to directing yet, but the script is currently being written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman — who wrote the first movie — and “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof.

Next Year’s Blockbusters
None of this is to say that the summer of 2011 won’t have giant movies as well. It was just announced that the prequel “X-Men: First Class” will bring Marvel’s mutants back to theaters. Thor and Captain America will get their own solo movies before joining “The Avengers.” Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” A third “Transformers” movie is planned for the July 4th holiday. Animation can’t avoid sequels either, with Pixar’s “Cars” and DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda” getting second movies. And the last half of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will mark the boy wizard’s final big-screen adventure.


May 5, 2010 Posted by | BDog @ PolitcalDog 101, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments

Iron Man 2 Trailer……….

Tony Stark is back…….

Iron Man 2 Poster


After debuting a new trailer for ““, Paramount Pictures has provided other sneak peeks to the film by releasing a theaterstandee, two character posters and one still which highlight Tony Stark/Iron Man and his buddy Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine. Both characters are featured wearing their armors in all shots and captured individually in the one-sheets.

Iron Man 2″ will see Tony who is forced to share his technology with the military after the world is aware that he is the man behind the armored superhero Iron Man. Unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces with Pepper Potts and James at his side.

and  reprise their roles as Tony and Pepper respectively, while  is tapped to replace  as James. Additionally, the film will introduce new characters such as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff portrayed by and Whiplash/Ivan Vanko played by . Jon Favreau still directs this “” sequel which is slated to open wide in U.S. theaters on May 7.

The Dog loved the first movie…and is hoping the best for this sequel……

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Crime, Entertainment, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Space, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments