2015 at the movies: a great year for bears savagely attacking A-list actors, but also a great year for human women and rich people!
That, at any rate, is what can be gleaned from a couple of quite interesting statistics from some of the whiz kids crunching all the year-end box office data to tell us just what we all went through at the nation's cineramas over the past 12 months.
First off: the movies made more money than they've ever made before in all of history. Credit 3-D and other price-boosting tricks, and also Hollywood's love of basically only making blockbuster sequels for 8 months out of the year.
Thanks to monster hits such as “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — all four of which will end up among the top seven highest-grossing films — ticket sales soared to record levels. For the first time in history, the domestic box office will hit $11 billion[.]
That's the top seven highest-grossing films of all time, mind you. Vin Diesel's eighth home is very pleased about this.
Also pleased: anybody who hopes that Hollywood would make movies that even got close to passing the Bechdel Test. In 2015, a large crop of women-centered features stormed the box office, as NPR's Bob Mondello pointed out:
Now, ten out of 25 is less than half, but Hollywood is so lame when it comes to female representation that this counts as some kind of progress. Maybe in 2016 there will be (gasp!) even more improvement?