Apple 'outstrips' all brands at box office
Apple may not sell the number-one personal computer, but it does lead in one important metric of consumer culture: movie product placement.
"Apple products appeared in 30% of all films that were number one at the US box office in 2010, outstripping product placements by any other single brand," the brand-trackers at Brandchannel reported on Tuesday in the tenth annual Brandcameo Product Placement Awards.
Brandchannel mentions only one number-one film that contained Apple products – the critically reamed Sex and the City 2, but it does call out a full fifty 2009-2010 films in which Apple kit appeared but which didn't make it to number one in the US, including such cinematic masterpieces as Dinner for Schmucks, Sorority Row, Vampires Suck, and Road Trip: Beer Pong.
Although Apple handily beat tied-for-second-place Nike, Chevrolet, and Ford in product
pimping placement, its lead is slipping. In 2009 it appeared in 44 per cent of number-one movies, and in 2008 it peaked at almost 50 per cent: 20 of 41 of that year's top flicks featured Apple products.
Other non-Apple product-placement news from Brandchannel:
- Iron Man 2 had the most branded products appearing onscreen – 64 – an achievement that Brandchannel called "a veritable brandstravaganza."
- Glock handguns appeared in a full 22 of 2010's number-one flicks, a stat that may say more about the American love affair with lead-spitters than it does about the savvy of Glock's marketing department.
- 2010 was a down year for product names appearing in movie titles, with the only two contenders being the misspelled I Love You, Phillip Morris and the somewhat questionably included Elektra Luxx. The Reg yearns for the greasy glory days of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
Apple's lead is understandable. Love the company's products or hate them, there's no denying that they're associated in moviegoers' minds with the hip and stylish – and with the meteoric rise of the photogenic iPad, The Reg predicts that Apple kit will fare even better in 2011's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards.
And – just possibly – some enterprising scriptwriter is at this very moment shopping a high-concept treatment around Hollywood entitled "Woz 3D". The mind reels. ®
So what? Just means Apples pays more in kind or money than others.
I like the way the actors type away and from observation it is quite meaningless gibberish. Also check out the keyboards, I've seen non-Apple keyboards with fruity screens.
I know one production that used a telephone from a certain company but in actuality the thing was empty with a few pictures illuminated by LEDS and power by wire from the actors sleeve.
I wonder is Jobs demands script supervision rights too?
It's not all product placement.
OK, maybe it is in Hollywood, but some authors and screenwriters help define their characters by choosing the stuff they use with care. That is why the decision to allow PP in TV drama in the UK is such a pain in the arse. Viewers will assume that everything is just paid-for placement.
Another victory for commerce over art. :-(
Another contributing factor is that Steve Jobs owns an influential share of Disney which in turn owns lots of film production companies. Hence pedaling Apple's wares.
Two films gave FOSS support this year, Tron Legacy (Ubuntu) and The Social Network (KDE 3.x)
It seems everyone in movies uses a Mac
...even working-class stiffs who can't afford them. it makes the filmmakers look like idiots...just as it does when a starlet plays a working-class woman with perfect pearly-white teeth.
"reasons to hate Star Trek 11"
Phew, I thought I was the only one who thought that movie was pants. Glad to see I'm not the only one. Everyone else seemed to rave on about how bloody awesome it was.
I walked out on it before it was half over.