Ethan Kranert and Kevin O’Leary – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Whether it be through film, music, or other forms of media, pop culture often becomes synonymous with the time period these products were released.

According to the Library of Congress, “Popular culture is defined here as popular written literature and broadcasting, popular music, popular dance and theater, certain decorative arts, sports and recreation, and other cultural aspects of social life distinguished by their broad-based presence across ethnic, social, and regional groupings.”

One of the largest companies to affect pop culture is Disney, and the many subsidiaries owned by Disney such as “Star Wars” and Marvel.

For example, the Disney channel show “Mickey Mouse & Friends” has grossed $75-billion dollars alone.

Marvel has grossed over $26.6 billion dollars whether through the box office or through comics.

With the success of Marvel, the spread of super hero entertainment has become widespread and has had a huge appeal to the public.

Spiderman, a Marvel character, has grossed over $27.078 billion dollars since 1962. The Spiderman video game, released in 2018, has been estimated to have made at least $198 million in sales in the four years since its release.

Other companies such as “Star Wars” and “Pokémon” are also a large part of pop culture.

“Star Wars” has made $65 billion dollars since 1977 and it is one of the most popular film franchises in cinematic history.

“Pokémon” has made $71 billion from its animated show, trading cards, and games. Pokémon was on the cover of Time magazine in 1999 and has had multiple appearances on many other shows and media.

However, pop culture isn’t just based on games and movies, it can also come from music and books.

For example, the South Korean music group BTS accumulated $120-150 million dollars in 2022, averaging $8 million a night last year.

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 According to a Bloomberg article, from only playing for four nights in Los Angeles, they made around $33 million in tickets.

For books, J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” franchise has made $7.8 billion, and is very popular. 

Junior Elena Hernandez said, “My favorite movie is Harry Potter as it represents my childhood memories as well as good times in my life, and I also love the community.”