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