The average length of a movie has grown longer than it was 80 years ago, from 90 minutes in 1930 to a little over 120 minutes circa 2010. Length is influenced by various factors, primarily budget. Contrary to popular belief, a longer movie doesn’t imply a high budget, like with Quantum of Solace. Part of the James Bond series, this movie ran for 1 hour and 46 minutes and cost $230 million to produce. At $2.16 per minute, it’s one of the most expensive blockbuster movies per minute, according to Teen Movie Guru.
It even bested movies that were more successful in the box office, such as Spider-Man 3 ($1.85 per minute) and X-Men 3: The Last Stand ($2.01 per minute). However, not even the costliest movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($2.76 per minute) could best movies like Hansel & Gretel, a 90-minute movie made with a $135,000 budget ($1,500 per minute).
In the end, length is moot when it comes to movie quality. Eventually, some movies will find their way into websites that allow users to watch movies online for free. Through such streaming platforms, viewers can appreciate how much work filmmakers put into creating movies and, with any luck, realise that every cent spent was worth it.