New research presented the formula for box office success: Focus on mental health

A new study suggested that films that focus on mental health tend to get better reviews and tend to earn more at the box office.

Research that argues that the formula for box office success is focusing on mental health. It was conducted with the participation of researchers from Stanford University, Yale University and University of Connecticut.

In the research scenario published in medRxiv, examined 2 thousand 43 films that were released between 1977 and 2019, which contain stories about mental health. Revealed that such films achieved above-average box office success for at least 34 years of this period.

As for the criticism the films received, the researchers found that these films received 15.2 percent of their Oscar nominations within the specified period.

Although the article in question has not yet been refereed approved, the results of the researchers seem meaningful considering the Joker movie released last year. The Joker, who won Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar, had a great impact all over the world.

In fact, a fan theory recently suggested that the film essentially refers to the 5 stages of the Kübler-Ross mourning model.

Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s model tries to understand the complex process of grief. And this model includes the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, acceptance and acceptance.

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