Taking over HollywoodIn the world of movies, there was a point where sci-fi started to become a genre that was respected. That point would have to be the premier of ‘Star Wars’ in 1977. After that, Science Fiction became a serious movie genre. The flood of science fiction and fantasy movies in recent years,has been completely dominating Hollywood.

Consider some of the biggest movie franchises in the past decade. Movies like Twilight, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have created franchises, series and spinoffs. ‘Twilight’ was a surprise smash hit series, while the wildly popular book series of ‘Harry Potter’ meant the movies were easy money for Hollywood.

Of course, we can’t forget ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, which grossed nearly 3 billion dollars! Also in the past decade, the ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy was released, which naturally drew in audiences of the original trilogy. The ‘Star Wars’ franchise has made billions over its multi-decade run. Still humming, the entire ‘Star Wars’ franchise was recently purchased by Disney for $4 billion dollars. There seems to be no limit to where the series can go.

One of the biggest trends seems to be in the comic book movie genre, which to the non-comic book reader is just science fiction or fantasy. Movies like ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘Thor: The Dark Lord’, and ‘The Wolverine’ are pegged to be big releases this year. It will be hard for movie producers to top the two big movies of last summer: ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ were huge money makers and smashed long standing recorders around the world.

Some people might not realize how many of the popular movies coming out are based on comic book in the first place. ‘Oblivion’, starring Tom Cruise, is based on Joseph Kosinski’s graphic novel. The movie and sequel ‘Red’ and ‘Red 2’ are based on a Wildstorm comic miniseries. Comic books have become a great resource for all kinds of science fiction and fantasy films.

2013 is no exception for huge science fiction and fantasy movies. ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ was the number one movie on its opening weekend, along with ‘Iron Man 3’. ‘Elysium’, starring Matt Damon, looks like it is going to dominate the box office on its opening weekend in August while ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ will rule the Holiday season in its December release.

Looking at the top grossing movies of all time is a really good indicator that science fiction and fantasy rule Hollywood. Nine out of the top ten grossing movies ever are either science fiction or fantasy. The other movie in the top ten is (no surprise) ‘Titanic’. There is no argument that Science Fiction and Fantasy is the biggest movie category by far.

Why are people seeing so many science fiction movies? One theory might be that many stories that aren’t science fiction just seem to be the same story line regurgitated over and over with different, or sometimes same, actors). We all know the main male character is going to win over the girl in the end, blah, blah, blah. Science Fiction gives people a chance to escape into a world that they cannot predict. It can be terrifying and enlightening, but most importantly, it is engaging and entertaining.

Some people consider movies to be the premier art form. It’s become so often that people say ‘That should be made into a movie! It would be awesome!’ We’ve reached a time where technology has caught up with our creative ideas and now we can recreate, visually, what our minds only imagine in books. Computer generated special effects have matured to the point that even low budget movies and even television shows have more special effects in them. The boom in science fiction may not last forever, but audiences will certainly enjoy it while it’s here.