Utah Video Production Blog 66: 10 of the Highest Grossing Robin Williams Films

Robin Williams entertained, moved, and inspired many. With his loss many are remembering and watching his films. Today, we want to share his highest grossing films that turned him into a legend. These numbers are box office numbers for when the film was in theaters. 


Night at the Museum: $575 million

Wicked effects and a great cast were enough to drive kids everywhere to the cinema for this one. Mixed reviews hardly stopped them from falling in love, and the film managed to pull in nearly $575 million! It’s whopping commercial success was enough to inspire the high grossing sequel, and a third installment set to hit theatres during the Christmas season this year. That will make it one of the last films released to star the amazing actor. With a full and star-studded cast, the series also gave many of his admiring colleagues a chance to get to work with him, which is surely greatly appreciated and fondly remembered.


Aladdin: $500 million

Today’s kids may know Robin Williams as a rendering of Roosevelt, but for many of us, he will always be Genie. The Disney hit is part of a film era known as the Disney Renaissance. At a time when princesses dominated the big screen, Genie’s role became very precious. As a sidekick to the love-struck peasant, Aladdin, Genie was sympathetic, amusing and bigger than life. Let’s face it, he stole the show. It was the most successful film of 1992, grossing over 500 million dollars at the box office.


Mrs. Doubtfire: $441 million

Although comedy derived from men in drag seems tired today, there was a time when it was a modern-groundbreaker, thanks to Robin Williams. While drag had been a source of comedy in the early years of cinema, this was the first time it was used to incite both laughs and tears, in one of the most memorable dramadies of the decade. The story followed Daniel, a newly divorced father struggling to make ends meet while battling a difficult custody arrangement. Deciding not to let the courts take his children from him, he takes up a female persona and lands a job as their Nanny. As he attempts to bring his family back together, viewers can’t help but fall in love. The film even won 3 awards, Best Make-Up, Best Picture and Best Actor to Williams, after pulling in an impressive $441 million.


Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: $415 million

Sequel to the huge 2006 success, Night at the Museum, this wacky adventure film had Robin Williams star as Teddy Roosevelt. The plot has Ben Stiller reprise his role as Larry, as he decides to make a long-overdue visit to his museum pals. Excessive visual effects had viewers arriving at the cinemas in hoards, and the film grossed nearly 415 million dollars. The series will undoubtedly be one by which the younger generation remember Williams, despite its mixed reviews.


Happy Feet: $385 million

Robin Williams and voice-work is a match made in heaven. Viewers everywhere recognize his enthused voice and tone in an instant, and his insertion of himself into CG or Animated characters is always something to look forward to. During the early 2000s craze for new CGA, this award-winning number was released. The film incorporates motion-capture technology and centred on socially relevant environmental issues. Robin Williams leant his voice to both Ramon, and Lovelace, giving them both some extra funk. The movie brought in a total of nearly $385 million at the box office.


Hook: $300 million

The classic tale of Peter Pan was given a twist, as this live-action version stars Williams as a grown Peter Pan who, having forgotten all about his magical childhood, finds his life turned upside down when Hook kidnaps his children and takes them to Neverland. Despite luke-warm reviews, the film was a commercial success, grossing 300 million dollars. The Speilberg picture was made on a somewhat tight-budget, which left Speilberg, Williams and co-star, Hoffman without salaries for the work. Speilberg maintains that a lack of technology was the film’s biggest shortcoming. And yet, this remains a key picture of the 90s that many of us recall being excited about, at some point or another.


Jumangi: $263 million

As much as we love heart-warming Robin Williams characters, we still can never get enough of his family comedy. This Fantasy-Adventure took us through a great cinematic experience, as the characters are faced with the impossible, when a board-game reveals itself as magical. Williams plays Alan, a man who has been trapped in the game-world since he was 12 years old, and now, he must team up with a set of youngens to finish the game and undo its destruction. The fun never stops in this one. It grossed more than $263 million at the box office.


Dead Poets Society: $235 million

In yet another motivational role that melts our hearts, Williams portrayed an English teacher working to inspire his students through the art of poetry. Although Williams is known for his wild, energetic style, this time around, he was praised by the Washington Post for delivering a “nicely restrained acting performance.” It has come to be known as one of his best performances, for which he received a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars. The film brought in over $235 million.


Good Will Hunting: $230 million

This Drama, directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, is truly a classic. The story follows a troubled genius, Will (Damon), as he undergoes therapy with Dr. Maguire (Williams) and begins to re-evaluate his life and all of the relationships in it. The low-budget film received worldwide critical acclaim, and Williams was given the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It grossed nearly 230 million dollars at the box office.


Patch Adams: $200 million

Loosely based on real-life doctor, Hunter Adams, this drama garnered Williams much praise. His superior acting skills really shone as he portrayed a distraught mental patient, who quickly learns that humor is the key to everything, even death. His journey takes him to medical school, where he pursues his dream to make good on the old saying, “laughter is the best medicine”. The role was touching, and seemed rather personal for the comedian who had faced his own challenges in life. The film grossed over 200 million dollars.




Utah Video Production Blog 65: The True Story Behind the New Movie ‘When the Game Stands Tall’

In this clip, ET goes behind the scenes of When the Game Stands Tall; a true story about a California high school football team that goes from tragedy to triumph. 


Utah Video Production Blog 64: TV Advertising is Effective

Here is a clip from Comcast about TV advertising. At Rescue 1 Studios we are here to help your business create an effective video that your target audience will see and act on! Give us a call at 435-760-5936 to find out more! 


Utah Video Production Blog 63: Guardians of the Galaxy Still Performing Well at the Box Office

In its third weekend at the box office Guardians of the Galaxy is still a big hit! Marvel is now becoming a trusted product line as it has recently released some big films including Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  According to Greg Foster, chairman and president of Imax Entertainment, “Marvel just has a magic touch…to introduce five new characters, each of whom are now able to carry their own movie, is a master stroke.” We look forward to future Marvel films!



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Utah Video Production Blog 62: Highest Grossing Box Office Football Movies of All-Time

With football season right around the corner we thought it would be cool to share with you some of the highest grossing football movies of all-time. These numbers are based on domestic box office totals for when the movie was in theaters. I cannot believe that Rudy didn’t make the list!


The Blind Side: $256 million

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.


The Waterboy: $161.5 million

A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team. 


The Longest Yard: $158.1 million

Prison inmates for a football team to challenge the prison guards.


Remember the Titans: $115.7 million

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.


Any Given Sunday: $75.5 million

A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them. 


Friday Night Lights: $61.3 million

Based on H.G. Bissinger’s book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.


Invincible: $57.8 million

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Varsity Blues: $52.9 million

In small-town Texas, high school football is religion. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer tries to lead his team to their 23rd division title. 


Radio: $52.3 million

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man whom he took under his wing.

The Replacements: $44.7 million

During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.


Utah Video Production Blog 61: The Expendables 3 Behind the Scenes

Check out this behind the scenes clip of Expendables 3. Expendables 3 features an all-star cast including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, and Harrison Ford. This film is rated PG-13 and will be released to theaters this Friday and is sure to be intense!


Utah Video Production Blog 60: Comedy Central Releases Statement on Robin Williams’ Passing

Comedy Central released the following statement:

“Robin Williams was a true force of nature whose remarkable body of work touched untold millions. He was sincere and generous and one of the most brilliant comedic minds ever to grace the planet. Very few achieve his exalted status. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, and to the entire comedy community for losing one of our own.” 

ABC News will celebrate the life of Robin Williams with a special edition of “20/20” Tuesday August 12 at 10 PM ET on ABC. Other tributes to Robin Williams are sure to follow in the near future.

Utah Video Production Blog 59: Box Office Stats August 8-10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the leader at the box office this last weekend. Also, Guardians of the Galaxy did great in its second weekend in theaters! 



Utah Video Production Blog 58: Significant ‘Star Wars’ Presence Planned for Disney Theme Parks

The Walt Disney Co. plans for “a far greater ‘Star Wars’ presence” in its theme parks, company chief Bob Iger said Tuesday.

The first look at new attractions based on the sci-fi franchise, beyond “Star Tours” that currently operates at several of its parks, will be revealed next year, Iger said during a conference call with analysts to discuss Disney’s record third quarter results.

The move comes as Disney is readying to release a new “Star Wars” film in theaters starting Dec. 18, 2015, that J.J. Abrams is currently directing.

Lucasfilm and Disney also will host Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim on April 16-19, while “Star Wars” is expected to have a major presence at the D23 Expo, Aug. 14-16, again from the Anaheim Convention Center.

Disney opted not to inject more “Star Wars” into its parks until its $4 billion acquisition of the company was complete. Deal also gives it the Indiana Jones franchise, already represented by a ride and stunt show at Disney’s resorts.

During the call, Iger said when Disney now decides to build new attractions, “the likelihood of their success is greater” when they’re branded. “When we grow ‘Star Wars” presence, which we will do significantly, you will see better bets being made that will pay off for us than were made in the past,” adding that leveraging the collection of popular franchises and properties that the company owns for rides and experiences will deliver “better returns than we saw in the past.”

Disney has enjoyed a considerable uptick in attendance after the introduction of new rides and themed lands designed around its popular film properties. The “Cars”-themed land at California Adventure, which was part of a $1 billion overhaul of that park, has been a major draw to that park since it opened; an expansion of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom is now complete and has guests lining up for hours to ride the “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” ride in Orlando.

“Toy Story” themed lands are now also attracting guests at Disney resorts in Hong Kong and Paris, while “Avatar” rides are being built inside Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, also in Orlando.

“These are attractions that pull people from I’m going to go to a Disney park someday to I want to go this year,” said Disney chief financial officer Jay Rasulo, during the call.

Although ESPN is a major moneymaker for Disney overall, the company has a limited presence inside the company’s parks. It does operate several ESPN Zone restaurants at its Downtown Disney entertainment complexes.

“In general, the experience people want is more of a storytelling experience, not necessarily a sports experience,” Iger said. “The presence (of ESPN at the parks) doesn’t seem to be that obvious.”

When asked if Disney was looking to broker new licensing deals with other franchise owners for attractions the way it did with James Cameron’s “Avatar,” Iger dismissed the notion, citing properties owned by Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm,

“We don’t have to license from third parties,” he said. “We own them all.”



Utah Video Production Blog 57: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Behind the Scenes

The cast and crew take you behind the scenes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This film will be released to theaters this Friday and should be an action-packed and humorous film!