If you haven’t been to a movie theater at some point this weekend, then shame on you. Marvel’s The Avengers released this weekend and it was not a movie to be missed. Now on to my blog.
Chances are, once you begin reading this you’ll shout out, “Hey, I’m not a nerd/geek and I like some of these things.” But the truth is, in pop-culture’s eyes, we (I’m in included in this category for sure) are considered as such. Here are a few definitions from Urban Dictionary before I begin explaining the meat of the post:
There are four types of people based solely on technical AND social skills, they are as follows:
1. Normie - someone who possesses no technical skills, but a lot of social skills.
2. Geek - someone who possesses a large amount of technical and social skills.
3. Nerd - someone who possesses a large amount of technical skills, but no social.
4. Dork - someone who lacks both technical skills and social skills both.
Geeks are actually considered the best combination of technical and social skills in this case, so we’re a lot better off than one may think!
Now on to the real point of this blog. The Avengers, Marvel’s newest movie that brings together Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, opened this weekend. The movie has been on a very large advertising campaign over the past little while, hyping the movie for comic book geeks and movie fans alike. If you’ve been following the pre-movie hype or the hype of the last few days you may have heard that The Avengers has “smashed” the box-office. According to E! Online, it jumped into first place today with $200.8 million, setting the record for largest opening weekend of a movie EVER. It topped each of the individual Marvel films’ opening weekends and the film that previously held the #1 position, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
BoxOfficeMojo.com’s list of the top 10 grossing movies on opening weekend are as follows:
1. The Avengers - $200.8 million
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 - $169.2 million
3. The Dark Knight - $158.4 million
4. The Hunger Games - $152.5 million
5. Spider-Man 3 - $151.1 million
6. The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $142.8 million
7. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 - $138.1 million
8. Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest - $135.6 million
9. Iron Man 2 - $128.1 million
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - $125 million
The interesting thing here is that 4 of the top 10 are directly based on comic books and 5 of the remaining 6 are based on novels of the Potter-verse, Twilight, and The Hunger Games.
What does this show us? What I believe it shows is that not only does the “nerd/geek” fanbase of comic books and novels play a large part in the culture of today’s youth, but ultimately owns the the movie industry. So next time you get picked on for being a nerd/geek or someone tries to tell you it’s not cool, just remember that we have one of the largest fanbases of today’s culture. Be proud!