Case Study

Feature Films based on true stories top grossing :

Hotel Mumbai (2018) Drama/Thriller ‧ 2h 3m

The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.


Anthony Maras
Directed by Anthony Maras. With Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher. The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai.
Terror strikes in the heart of Mumbai, India, as members of Lashkar-e-Taiba storm the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in a series of coordinated attacks throughout the city. Amid the gunfire and mayhem, a brave chef and kitchen worker decide to risk their own lives to try and protect the frightened guests. As the militants continue their assault on the hotel, a desperate couple must do whatever they can to protect their newborn baby.

Release date: March 22, 2019 (USA)

Based on: Surviving Mumbai; by Victoria Midwinter Pitt

Financial analysis of Hotel Mumbai (2019) including budget, domestic and international box office gross, DVD and Blu-ray sales reports, total earnings and …

Worldwide Box Office‎: ‎$13,683,827
International Box Office‎: ‎$4,177,901
Domestic Box Office‎: ‎$9,505,926

Bohemian Rhapsody

2018 Gross Box office: $817M Budget: $52M

The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).
PG-13 || Biography, Drama, Music | 2018 (USA)
Director: Bryan Singer 
Bohemian Rhapsody grossed $216.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $686.8 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $903.2 million, against a production budget of about $52 million.

Green Book  

2018 Gross box office 317.6 million USD  Budget  $23 M

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

DirectorPeter Farrell ScreenplayPeter FarrellyNick VallelongaBrian Currie

Executive Producer


2018 Gross box office 75M  Budget 60M  

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.


Adam McKay


Adam McKay


Christian BaleAmy AdamsSteve Carell

First Man

Gross: 100 m  | Biography, Drama, History

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler


(2018)  Gross box office: $47.83M R | 135 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime Ron Stall-worth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier,Topher Grace

White Boy Rick

2018 Gross: $21 R | 111 min | Crime, Drama The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley,Jennifer Jason Leigh

7 Days in Entebbe

(2018) -Box office 8 M Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

Director: José Padilha

Writer: Gregory Burke (screenplay by)

Stars: Batsheva Dance CompanyZina ZinchenkoBen Schnetzer 

Producers: Participant Media  Jeff Skool Jo Burn … executive producer. Liza Chasin … executive producer … Jean-Claude Darmon … executive producer … Jonathan King … executive producer … Michelle Wright … producer …

Operation Finale

2018 Gross: $17.45M| Biography, Drama, History A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz 

Executive Producers: Matt Charman and Ron Schmidt

12 Strong

2018 Gross: $45.50M R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. Director: Nicolai Fuglsig | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña,Navid Negahban

The Greatest Showman (2017)  | Gross: $174.34M | Biography, Drama, Musical

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Molly’s Game (2017) Gross: $28.78M R | Biography, Crime, DramaThe true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Dunkirk (2017) Gross: $188.37M  | Action, Drama, History

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance,Tom Hardy

All the Money in the World (2017) Gross: $25.11M| Biography, Crime, Drama

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Gettyto pay the ransom.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg,Romain Duris

Darkest Hour (2017) Gross: $56.44M Biography, Drama, History

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn

The Disaster Artist (2017) Gross: $21.12M

R | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen

The Post (2017) Gross: $81.90M

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

I, Tonya (2017) Gross: $30.01M

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney,Julianne Nicholson

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gross: $67.21M R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

War Dogs (2016) Gross: $43.02M R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

13 Hours (2016) Gross: $52.85M R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos. Director: Michael Bay | Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale,David Denman

Straight Outta Compton 2015 201.6 million | Biography, Drama,

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. Director: Gary Gray Writers: Jonathan Herman (screenplay), Andrea Berloff (screenplay) | 3 more credits Stars: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music. Director: Jim Sheridan Writer: Terence Winter

Stars:50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje |

The Wolf of Wall Street Gross: $392.90M R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

American Sniper (2014)  Gross: $350.13M R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

The Revenant (2015) Gross: $183.64M R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

The Big Short (2015) Gross: $70.26M R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

In 2006-7 a group of investors bets against the US mortgage market. In their research, they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Unbroken (I) (2014) Gross: $115.64M PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O’Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

12 Years a Slave (2013) Gross: $56.67M R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

American Hustle (2013) Gross: $150.12M R | 138 min | Crime, Dram A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper,Jennifer Lawrence

The Social Network (2010) 225M USD budget 50 million USD

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book) Stars:

Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake

The Blind Side (2009) Gross box office: $255M

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Blow  2001 ‧ Gross 83.3 million USD Drama/Crime

In the turbulence of the 1970s, the international drug trade underwent a fast, violent and lucrative revolution – and one ordinary American was at its center. But in just a few short years, George Jung (Johnny Depp), a high-school football star single-handedly became the world’s premiere importer Release date: March 29, 2001 (USA) Director: Ted Demme Adapted from Blow Screenplay: Nick Cassavetes, David McKenna

Producers: Ted Demme, Denis Leary, Joel Stillerman, Tomás Krejcí

Pearl Harbor (2001) Gross: $198.54M

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

A Beautiful Mind (2001) Gross: $170.74M PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Saving Private Ryan (1998) Gross: $216.54M R | 169 min | Drama, War Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Braveheart (1995) Gross: $75.60M R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Apollo 13 (I) (1995) Gross: $173.84M PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Schindler’s List (1993) R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Goodfellas (1990)  Gross: $46.84M R | 146 min | Crime, Drama The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Scarface 1983 ‧ Crime/Thriller ‧ 3h 25m  Box office: 65.9 million After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine. Release date: December 9, 1983 (USA) Director: Brian De Palma