But the Devil whoops, as he whooped of old: It’s clever but is it art?
You can view the 6.5 billion people in the world as potential moviegoers, but very few filmmakers have expected to sell tickets to all of them—that is, until Jurassic Park pushed the boxoffice frontier further than ever before in 1993. It earned more than $750 million worldwide. You didn’t need to speak English or know anything about biology to enjoy this film. It had something for everyone who was old enough to watch it. Then, in 1998, Titanic racked up $1.7 billion worldwide. More recently, the three films of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, all of which were financed independently, earned more than $3 billion worldwide.
What does this mean ...