Journal of Cultural Economics

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 249–270 | Cite as

Movie Stars and the Distribution of Financially Successful Films in the Motion Picture Industry

  • Steven Albert


Audiences choose to see films using information from previous films. A stochastic consumer choice process based on this assumption generates a particular distribution of financially successful films among film types. Movie stars can be used to mark these successful film types. Thus, their star power originates not only from “box-office appeal” but also from “marking power”. Evidence of 960 top 20 films released in the United States and Canada between 1940–1955 and 1960–1995 is consistent with this model.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Albert
    • 1
  1. 1.The Open University Business School, Walton HallMilton KeynesU.K

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