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The Top 50 Modern Box Office Blockbusters, Compared

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The movie Titanic was a gigantic box office hit. Before Titanic, Disney’s The Lion King had the most box office revenue when it came out in 1994 grossing 1.1 billion worldwide. A few years later in 1997 Titanic was released by Paramount Studios and grossed a record breaking $2.20 billion in worldwide box office sales. This sweet visualization from Visual Capitalist shows the Top 50 Modern Box Office Blockbusters from 1993 to 2021.

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It includes 8 studios: Dreamworks, New Line Cinema, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Sony, Warner Brothers, Universal and Disney. The top spot is claimed by Avatar which grossed a whopping 2.84 billion dollars in the box office worldwide since 2009. It is estimated to have cost between $280 to $310 million to make. Its director, James Cameron, was able to break his own record held by Titanic in 1997. Disney holds the most box office records with 26 films on the list. They come in 2nd with 2019’s release of Avengers Endgame which grossed $2.80 billion worldwide. The 3rd spot on the list holds strong with the first record breaking film of all time, the aforementioned 1997 hit Titanic. The 4th and 5th blockbuster films which grossed the most worldwide are Star Wars and Avengers Infinity War at $2.07 and $2.05 billion respectively. Jurassic World, released by Universal ranked 6th on the list grossing $1.67 billion. Universal has 8 films on this list of 50 and they do it with only three powerhouse franchises, Jurassic Park, Fast and the Furious, and Despicable Me.

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The Nature Timespiral Reveals the History of Earth From the Big Bang Until Today

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In the grand scheme of time and space, the existence of humanity is a mere drip in the ocean of reality. Or is it? Either way, this utterly breathtaking visualization by Pablo Carlos Budassi shows us how we are just a tiny thread in a colossal tapestry of stardust:

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It is no easy task to visualize the entire history of the planet in a gorgeous, mesmerizing way, but illustrator Budassi has achieved it. When I first saw this visualization, I literally gasped and immediately investigated if it is available for purchase because I would love to see it on my wall everyday (and I would be honored to support such a talented artist). It somehow remains minimalist while capturing an incredible wealth of information and detail. The colors convey the timeline of cataclysmic events that have created the lush, diverse world we call home today.

I also love beautiful things that I can learn from while admiring them. For example, I had no idea what the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) was. Around 4 billion years ago (the Earth and moon formed 4.5 billion years ago, for context), LUCA existed. It is believed that this microbe was the beginning of life on Earth, making it the first ancestor of all living creatures. There is evidence that it lived a somewhat alien lifestyle, thriving deep underground in iron-sulfur hydrothermal events. It did not breathe air and was capable of producing its own food using the dark, metal-rich environment surrounding it. Gotta love a strong, independent microbe!

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Who Owns Your Favorite Perfume?

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When it comes to certain industries it seems like there are only a handful of corporations that own a majority of the brands that make up that industry. The fragrance and beauty industry is no different and the research team at FragranceX is here to prove it. They analyzed some of the world’s biggest beauty companies to see just how many fragrance brands each of them own.

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Just eleven beauty companies were found to own over 170 of the most popular perfume brands in the world. Which of these eleven companies can claim ownership over the most perfume brands? Coty has the honor of being the largest fragrance manufacturer and owns or licenses twenty-seven different fragrance brands, including popular ones like Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss. If you’re wondering what the other ten beauty brands are that own a majority of perfume brands, they are: Parlux, LVMH, L’Oreal, Revlon, Puig, Estee Lauder, Maurer & Wirtz House of Perfumes, Designer Parfumes, Shiseido, and Interparfumes. Even if you don’t recognize some of these giant beauty brands, you’ll certainly recognize the names of the perfumes they own! An interesting detail you may notice as you look over the many fragrance brands is that even celebrity perfume brands are owned by these companies, rather than by the celebrity themselves. Did you know that many of these celebrities just lend their name and image to the fragrance company in exchange for a large sum of money, without actually claiming any ownership over “their” perfume brand. Which of these major beauty companies owns your favorite brand of perfume to wear?

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This Chart Visualizes the Largest Pharmaceutical Companies by Continent

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought pharmaceutical companies into the spotlight. Many have played an integral role in getting lifesaving vaccines to the public while at the same time making an incredible amount of money in the process. In the year 2020 the 50 largest drug companies made a combined revenue of more than $850 billion dollars. The biggest leader at the moment is Johnson and Johnson with a value of $428.66 billion dollars. This visualization made with data from Companies Market Cap shows the largest pharmaceutical companies ranked by market capitalization in the world.

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Separated by continents, the company’s wealth is represented by a graphic bubble where you can clearly see the standout giant J&J like the great red spot on Jupiter.  The 2nd largest on the list is the Swiss pharmaceutical company, Roche. According to the graphic they have a market cap value of $320.41 billion. North America accounts for more than 45% of the global pharmaceutical market with 6 of the top 10 largest.

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