4 decades of box office champions tourney down to 16 films

The March movie madness tournament to crown the best of the all-time domestic box office winners from the last 40 years continues with the round of 16.

The film industry is Marvel's world and we're just living in it.

At least that's how it looks when you glance down the list of top-grossing movies at the all-time box office

Four of the top ten are Marvel based, led by the number two film, Avengers: Endgame. Immense popularity follows these films around, so much so that Captain Marvel, which made nearly 427 million dollars at the domestic box office, wasn't even one of the top-16 grossing films since 2010.

This film, starring Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, currently sits in 25th-place and barely missed out on joining this tournament. That's because 17 of the 25 highest-grossing films have all been released since 2010.

All told, there were six films from Marvel -- the Spider-Man movies from the 2000s were released by Sony and still owned by the company -- in this tournament. Four still remain among the final 16, a number that might have been greater had Black Panther not eliminated Age of Ultron and The Avengers.

Films from the Star Wars universe, with six films in the top-20 and eight in this tournament, have fared nearly as well as the Marvel movies. Three remain, with one guaranteed to advance to the final eight. Marvel will also be represented for sure in the next round as one match pits two Marvel films against one another.

The somewhat of the surprise winner here is Iron Man. As a 16th-seed, Robert Downey and company have taken down Avatar and, by one vote, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.


Which films will advance? Choose for yourself as voting continues on Thursday, March 19.

1980-1989 region

The number one seed in this region, E.T., fell to Back to the Future, which won handily with 64.7% of the vote. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd might have their work cut out for them as this film is the lowest seed remaining in the region.
  • (8) Back to the Future
  • (5) Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • (3) Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
  • (2) Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

1990-1999 region

If it weren't for Forrest Gump's win over Jurassic Park, the top-four seeds would all be around. Instead, seeds one thru three are present, including the only number one seed remaining, Titanic. As the fifth-seed Forrest Gump is the outlier of the group, but could still make waves to advance to the final eight.
  • (1) Titanic
  • (5) Forrest Gump
  • (3) The Lion King (animated)
  • (2) Beauty and the Beast (animated)

2000-2009 region

Along with the two animated films in the 1990-1999 region, animation has only one other shot to win it all. And that film is Shrek 2. The lovable ogre defeated it's sequel, Shrek the Third and had a comeback victory over Passion of the Christ to reach the round of 16. The road ahead is a tough one, however.
  • (16) Iron Man
  • (5) Spider-Man (2002)
  • (3) Shrek 2
  • (2) Dark Knight

2010-2019 region

The looming question over this region: Will Black Panther pick up its third-straight win against a fellow film from the Marvel universe? It might be a taller task this time around but I am definitely interested to see how this plays out.
  • (9) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • (4) Avengers: Infinity War
  • (3) Black Panther
  • (2) Avengers: Endgame
Voting will be on Twitter (@jasonrh_78). Facebook doesn't have the "polls" option anymore so feel free to leave comments on your favorite(s) if you don't have a Twitter.

I'll see you at the polls!

Part 1 ~ The March Movie Madness bracket
Part 2 ~ Star Wars and round of 32

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