So, the Matrix is coming, and with that comes discussion of sex, violence and R-rated movies in Hollywood.
“If ‘Titantic’ had had an R rating, it would have cost them hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Reagen Sulewski, analyst with movie Web site Box Office Prophets, referring to the top-grossing film in history. “When you look at how it made that massive amount of money, it was 12- to 16-year-old girls going back to see it a dozen times. You’re definitely taking a risk with an R rating.”
True, Titantic did have that appeal to the young teen girl crowd. But, it’s important to remember that the 12 year olds of 1997 are now the 18 year olds of 2003. A whole generation of video-game, mall-ratting, movie-going teens has begun moving in to their early- to mid-20s, meaning they’re primed to gorge at the trough of adult-themed material. Just look at the success of the Grand Theft Auto line of video games.