'American Sniper' Tops 'Mockingjay' At The Box Office, But How Many Non-Franchise Films Have Done The Same Since 1975?
In 1975, the business and experience of cinema were turned on their heads by what we now identify as the very first big screen blockbuster: Jaws. Topping the annual box office and spawning a collection of follow-up films, Jaws was in so many ways a precursor to the movie world of the present.
Nowadays, it's an anomaly when a movie free of franchise implications can win a year's box office. Such a phenomenon occurred in the form of the true story of Iraq War solider and sniper Chris Kyle: American Sniper recently became the highest grossing film released in 2014.
Going back through the past 40 years (since Steven Spielberg's benchmark shark attack picture), how many other non-franchise top grossers can we find?
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