Top Movies of All Time And Their Small Biz Lessons

  • What Hollywood can teach your small business...

    The all-time top 10 grossing films in America can teach you a thing or two about how to improve and grow your small business. How can you turn your small business into a blockbuster, record smashing machine? Read on! Photo Credit: Getty Images
    #1: Titanic
  • #1: Titanic

    This 1997 monster hit may have dealt with hitting an iceberg, but the sales numbers were anything but disastrous... It raked in $600,779,824 domestically, making it the top grossing film of all time. BIZ LESSONS: It doesn’t matter how many people hate you, if enough people love you, then you’re a success. So don’t be afraid to be too cheesy or melodramatic as you pitch your product. If you know your message will connect with a core group – your critical mass – the strength of their devotion will save the day. Photo Credit: Amazon
    #2: The Dark Knight
  • #2: The Dark Knight

    Last year's Batman hit got a boost from the tragic death of Heath Ledger; it also had a lot of traditional media interest and received rave reviews. All told, it brought in $533,316,061 in the U.S. Numbers even Bruce Wayne would be pleased with. BIZ LESSONS: We’re not suggesting you kill off your COO in order to invite sympathetic media attention. Far from it. All we’re saying is that if he or she does happen to die, don’t grieve alone. Invite all your clients to the wake, get them drunk, and sell, sell, sell. Seriously, however unwelcome, sometimes tragedy can mean opportunity. Don’t ignore it. Photo Credit: Amazon
    #3: Star Wars
  • #3: Star Wars

    The original Star Wars from 1977 grossed $460,935,665 domestically. The Force was strong with that one. BIZ LESSONS: Blow people's minds. Star Wars went considerably above and beyond the typical sci-fi flick of its day. George Lucas created an alternate universe, a rich and diverse world for his characters filled with intrigue, backstory, and (Imperial) politics. And it was all visually stunning. How can your business make people sit up and take notice? Photo Credit: Amazon
    #4: Shrek 2
  • #4: Shrek 2

    There's nothin' ugly about this film's $436,471,036 domestic take at the box office. BIZ LESSONS: Promote an anti-hero. Your business doesn't need a celebrity or model as a spokesperson. It may just need someone who's funny with a cause worth rooting for. Photo Credit: Amazon
    #5: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
  • #5: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

    This one took in an otherworldly $434,949,459 at the box office. It also launched Drew Barrymore's career, which makes the film something of a public service. BIZ LESSONS: Appeal to the child in all of us. Sounds corny but it really works. Even if your small business sells an unusual product or provides a strange service, if you can make it appeal to one’s sense of youthful possibility, people are more likely to throw in. (I mean, to this day I still want a flying dirt bike.) Photo Credit: Amazon
    #6: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • #6: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    $431,065,444. Yeah, George Lucas probably doesn't need to worry too much about retirement. BIZ LESSONS: If you had a hit before, build on it. Don't abandon what already works and what your customers are begging you for. Keep the story alive -- just leave Jar Jar Binks out of it. Photo Credit: Amazon
    #7: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • #7: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    $423,032,628 -- sounds like serious pirate treasure to us. BIZ LESSONS: A success in one medium (i.e. an amusement park ride) can be adapted to another (i.e. a major motion picture). So get creative and take a look at your assets and imagine how they might evolve into something even more successful. That and don’t be afraid to wear eye make-up, even if you’re a guy. Photo Credit: Amazon
    #8: Spider-Man
  • #8: Spider-Man

    It doesn't take Spidey sense to see that $403,706,375 can make a few careers in Hollywood. BIZ LESSONS: Clark Kent and Superman. Peter Parker and the Spider-Man. Beneath your nerdy small business shell is a tough marketing vigilante yearning to be unleashed on the world. Don’t be afraid to go for it, but remember, with great power comes great responsibility. Photo Credit: Amazon
    #9: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • #9: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    Director Michael Bay transformed this unidimensional teen action premise into a mammoth franchise: $402,076,689 at the box office domestically. BIZ LESSONS: Not to get all new agey on you, but transformation is a phenomenon that people are drawn to. We like to do it and we like to watch it. Invite the world to watch you grow and evolve into something more powerful by engaging social networking opportunities. Or just invent a car that turns into a robot. That would be good, too. Photo Credit: Amazon
    #10: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • #10: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    $380,262,555. Three Star Wars films in the all-time top ten: George Lucas must be a Sith lord. BIZ LESSONS: Finish what you started. This film rounded out the six-part saga Lucas originally envisioned. Fans thanked him with their wallets. Box office numbers used in this story courtesy of IMDB. Photo Credit: Amazon
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