Blockbuster movies are those which are very popular or successful in terms of reception in the market. It even works for films which are made on very low budget. They too may eventually succeed and exceed the expectation of the producer and the public. For example, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Rugrats Movie, The Blair Witch Project, Crouching Tiger, and Hidden Dragon.
The period from 1975 to 1985 was a period of blockbuster hits and major publicity campaign with new technologies and special effects. Jaws (1975) by Steven Spielberg was a concrete example of the new type of filmmaking. Star Wars (1977) was a mega hit, which used all the elements of traditional and modern movies. It was also an important phase in American film history.
Hollywood blockbusters were successful mainly because of the technique of the film. It is not the three-act-type-of-structure that people want to see. This does not at all mean that a weak story can make a good film. One of the most important techniques that make a Hollywood hit is the double track line. That means, it has a story line and an action line, which, in simple terms, has a personal story and a case to be solved. A character line is where we see a character developing or growing. Whereas, a case or an action line is what the plot develops into a complete story.
Blockbusters usually are round about stories. The simplest rule for a blockbuster is that it should have stakes or consequences. It is the consequence which has a lot of involvement of the protagonist. So is the case with Hollywood movies too. We can see such technicalities in the films like The Lion King, Forrest Gump, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the like.
One secret of Hollywood blockbuster movies is that they use Linux to produce their movies. The three reasons for using this operating system, other than Windows or Mackintosh, is that it is faster, cheaper and better. Even the big budget production houses, like Disney Pixar or Sony, use Linux to create their visual effect or animation. The all time studio, Rhythm and Hues that brought out Scooby Doo, was touched up by the Linux system. Other blockbuster movies like, The Matrix, Titanic, Gladiator, Superman Returns, Shrek, Men in Black, and Hollow Man were created by Linux software.
The Hollywood blockbuster movies began their journey from the initial period of the Hollywood film industry. The trick for making blockbuster movies is hidden deep in the creation of good work along with analyzing mass psychology. However, many directors and producers often confess that there are no hard and fast rules for making such movies. The result for art works is very unpredictable. But, the good work returns good profit most of the time. The very high record of films like Titanic or Jurassic Park is the real example of Hollywood blockbuster movies.