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25 TV and Movie Guinness World Records Sure To Show Up At Some Point in Pub Trivia

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | November 26, 2013 | Comments ()


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I am sure I’ve mentioned before my obsession with pub trivia, which dates back to my high school obsession with Quiz Bowl, which I’m sure is very much part of the reason I’m in this profession. As an adult with children, it seems like a proper excuse to get wasted. I am typically lousy in all categories except pop culture, which is why my pub trivia team (which has won its annual tournament three years running) keeps me around. I’m not sure where the Quiz Masters at these pubs come up with their questions (Snapple lids?), but I can assure you that the Guinness Book of World Records is a rich and wonderful source for pop culture questions. As such, I went through the film and television categories, and pulled out 25 facts that seemed like something that would show up in a game of pub trivia.

Consider this research for your next outing.


1. Highest Annual Earnings for a Television Actor — Jerry Seinfeld, $267 million in 1998.

2. Highest Annual Earnings for a Television Actress in a Current Series — Katherine Heigl, $13 million, for Grey’s Anatomy

3. Highest Annual Earnings for a Movie Actor — Johnny Depp, $75 million from June 1998-99.

4. Most Screen Credits for a Living Actor: K. Brahmanandam (India) with 867.

5. Oldest Actress Ever: Jeanne Louise Calmen, 114, in Vincent and Me (1990). She played herself, the oldest person still alive thought to have known Vincent Van Gogh.

6. Highest Annual Earnings for an Actress: Sandra Bullock, $56 million, in 2010 (for The Blind Side and The Proposal)

7. First Actress to Win an Oscar for Depicting Another Oscar-Winning Actress: Cate Blanchett, for her supporting turn in Aviator and Katherine Hepburn (this one I’ve actually had asked in a pub trivia game before)

8. The Most Successful Sports Movie Franchise of All Time: Rocky, with $1.2 billion

9. Longest Timespan between the Release of a Movie and the Video Game Based Upon it: Fantasia, 51 years.

10. The First Director to Be Nominated for an Oscar for His First Three Films: Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader). He lost all three.

11. The First Movie to Gross Over $2 Billion — Avatar

12. The First 100 Percent Computerized, Photo-Realistic Character: The Stained Glass Knight in 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes, who had 10 seconds of screen time.

13. The Highest Body Count in a Slasher Film: The Summer of Massacre in 2011, with 155.

14. The Largest Attendance Ever for a Screening of a 3D Film: 6,819 for a screening of Men in Black 3 in Germany.

15. Most Successful Horror Film Franchise: Saw, with $733 million

16. The Fastest Marathon Ever Run by Someone Dressed as a Film Character: David Stone dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, in 2 hours 42 minutes and 52 seconds.

17. First Black and White Film Converted Completely Into Color: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

18. The First TV Series Ever Adapted Into a Movie: Dragnet (1954), based on a series that had been running on NBC for three years.

19. First Film Ever with a $100 Million Production Budget: True Lies (1994)

20. Most Expensive Film Ever Produced: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, $315 million (adjusted for inflation)

21. First Film Ever Based on an Advertisement: Hey Vern! It’s Ernest

22. Largest Battle Sequence Ever: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which featured a battle scene with over 200,000 fighting characters

23. Largest Audience at a Film Premiere: 10,000, for the UK premiere of Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Capsian

24. Most Product Placements Ever in a Single Film: Morgan Spurlock’s POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

25. First Film Remastered in 3D: Toy Story 3D







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  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    It only took me a second to realize I read it wrong, but am I the only one who read Jeanne Louise Calmen as Jenna Louise Coleman? I thought there was a Doctor Who joke I was somehow missing.

  • MissAmynae

    Nope, I did it too! first thought- "how did she buy an apartment 20 years before she was born? Must be a typo"

  • John W

    Which two actors have won an Academy Award for playing the same character in two separate movies?

  • ed newman

    Deniro and Brando--Vito Corleone

  • Ben

    Ya know the articles on gender discrimination of women in TV are kind of hurting for credibility when their directly followed by "LOOK DOWN SANDRA BULLOCKS TOP!" Header pictures in the very next article.

  • BlackRabbit

    In my weird mind, it looks like Brittany Murphy in the last post is doing just that.

  • e jerry powell

    There is that, yes. It does make the sentiment ring a bit hollow.

  • Arran

    How on earth did Johnny Depp make that much money in that period? Between 1998 and 2000 (let's assume part of his earnings for '98-'99 include films released later), he made:

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    The Ninth Gate
    The Astronaut's Wife
    Sleepy Hollow
    The Man Who Cried
    Before Night Falls
    Chocolat

    Of course, it's probably a typo and I've overthought this.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Tim Burton pays his pool boys a sh*t-ton, it seems.

  • e jerry powell

    I only play Jeopardy. Real people playing trivia games in real life hate my guts.

  • bastich

    I feel the same way about "Wheel of Fortune". I almost got into a bar fight during the pub quiz once because I kept asking for a vowel.

  • At last week's pub quiz the quiz master claimed that my team's answer to a particular question was wrong. I debated this, he told me to calm down and that he had the answers. I contested this for a while, then relented after everyone booed me. Then a quick Google search revealed that I was right and I ended up standing up and shouting at everyone to 'SUCK IT, MOTHERFUCKERS!' Nonetheless we lost in the end anyway so I threw someone's jacket out the window.
    You and I should never be in the same pub at the same time.

  • #12 came up in a pub trivia contest for me once. Luckily, I knew the answer. Man, I miss playing pub trivia!

  • What the hell did they spend $100 mil on in True Lies? Did they actually purchase and blow up a nuke?

  • Aaron Schulz

    i think the harrier thing shit cost a ton

  • rocky

    Didn't they sponsor a rocket or something, too? Plus, studio pictures get a metric shit tonne of overhead added to their production costs.

  • Robert

    These are the official records. I will point out that if you count last year's The Collection as a slasher film, there are far more victims in the opening night club scene than there are in the entirety of the record holder for body count in a slasher film. But that's splitting hairs on this kind of record. You would need to actually be in a position to contact Guinness World Records on behalf of the film in question and prove a body count. I'm sure the entire marketing campaign of The Summer of Massacre is that it's a Guinness World Record holder for body count.

  • BWeaves

    Jeanne Louise Calmen is the subject of my all time favorite lawyer story, (which has nothing to do with her meeting Van Gogh when she was 13).

    In 1965, aged 90 years and with no heirs, Calment signed a deal to sell her her apartment to lawyer André-François Raffray, on a contingency contract. She went to live in a nursing home. Raffray, then aged 47 years, agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs until she died. Raffray ended up paying Calment the equivalent of more than $180,000, which was more than double the apartment's value. After Raffray's death from cancer at the age of 77, in 1995, his widow continued the payments until Calment's death at the age of 122.

    Sometimes lawyers can be too smart for their own good.

  • Sirilicious

    I think this is more about people sometimes beating the statistics, by an awesomely large margin.

  • "1. Highest Annual Earnings for a Television Actor — Jerry Seinfeld, $267 million in 1998."

    What's the deal with interest? Its not interesting. You know what's interests me? The fact I made more than a quarter billion dollars in one year.

    Seriously, that's insane. $373 million in today's dollars. Supervillain money.

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