Movies And TV Shows With Unexpected World Records

Blades of Glory

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You’d expect Marvel movies to gross the most Box Office moolah or some Michael Bay spectacle to hold the record for the most explosions on screen. Oh, wait, no, that honor actually belongs to the action franchise where some British agent wears incredibly expensive suits and also murders a lot of people while things blow up around him because everyone is missile-happy. Movies sure are wild. Here’s a list of interesting movies and TV shows that broke them some records ...

Most Retakes Of A Dialogue Scene On Record, The Shining

That scene where Dick Hallorann (played by the wonderful Scatman Crothers) explains to trike-enthusiast Danny Torrence what “the shining” is took a whopping 148 takes to get right in the eyes of perfectionist tyrannical Stanley Kubrick. That poor, poor kid, and also every other actor and crew member in this movie.

Most Explosives Detonated In A Single Take, No Time To Die

Daniel Craig’s James Bond sure went out with a bang, earning the Guinness World Record for the most high explosives to go kaboom in that extremely dramatic scene at the end. The equivalent of 136.4kg TNT was detonated in just one take and then superimposed into the movie (as explained in the short clip below).

Highest Grossing Olympics Movie, Blades Of Glory

Sure, it’s not like we get a dozen of these every other year, but it’s still quite funny that the most successful movie centering around some Olympic sport is the one where Jon Heder and Will Ferrell skate to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” It also boggles the mind, then, as to why we never got a sequel to this raging comedy about ice skating and, uh, friendship or whatever.

Most Popular TV Show Debut, Squid Game

The South Korean Netflix show — that’s reportedly being turned into a Reality show because people totally got it — holds the Guinness World Record for the most in-demand debut TV show of all time, with a global demand rating that’s 84.4 times higher than your average TV show rating. We bet the second season breaks that record, too.

Person Who Has Starred In The Most Movies As Themselves: Mexican Lucha Libre Wrestler El Santo

El Santo currently holds the record for appearing in more than 50 action and/or adventure films as himself. His career spanned from 1958, with his first film, Santo vs. the Evil Brain, to 1982, with his final title, Santo and the Fury of the Karate Experts.

Most Expensive Movie Prop, Pirates

The 1986 Roman Polanski film about swashbucklers and facial hair still holds the official record for the most expensive prop in the form of a Spanish Galleon replica that was meticulously recreated for $10,271,100 — which today would amount to a whopping $27,815,188.

Most Jump Scares In An Episode, The Midnight Club

Mike Flanagan’s latest Netflix show saw its opening episode break the Guinness World Record for most ‘Boo! Moments’ in a single scripted episode. Flanagan, who isn’t a fan of jump scares himself, explained the rationale: “I just hate them. For most of my career, people have come to me while we're working on scripts and said, ‘Add more jump scares.’ On this project, we thought we were just going to empty the missile silos, put as many jump scares as could ever fit into one scene so that hopefully by the end, they would be meaningless.”

Highest On-Screen Body Count, Guardians Of The Galaxy

Forget The Lord of the Rings or any title with the word “massacre” in it — the movie with the most on-screen fatalities is the one featuring a space pirate raccoon and also Chris Pratt. The 2014 Marvel movie tops the body count category with 83,871 deaths, largely thanks to the scene where around 80,000 Nova Corps pilots meet their demise.

Biggest Christmas Day Movie Release, Sherlock Holmes

While musicals seem to do really well on the day of the Claus, it was the Guy Ritchie movie — where Robert Downey Jr. sports some uncanny Wolverine locks — that took the coveted honor of becoming the biggest Christmas Day movie release. We bet it also holds the record for most hats worn in a Christmas Day opener ever.

Oscar-Nominated Film With The Longest Title, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Borat sequel holds the honor of this World Record for its full title — Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan — because why keep it short when you can just use entire sentences?

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