Not too long ago we posted this story about the considerable lack of box office hits featuring lead LGBT characters in the past few years — especially when compared to the 1990s and 2000s. In the 1990s, 48 films with a lead LGBT character grossed over $1 million at the box office. In the 2000s, 20 did. So far in the 2010s, there are 12 examples.
Ira Sachs’ “Love is Strange,” Craig Johnson’s “The Skeleton Twins,” Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” and Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” joined the all-too-exclusive LGBT million dollar box office club last year, while Paul Weitz’s “Grandma” did so this past summer. Unfortunately, “Stonewall” and “Freeheld” both crashed and burned this fall, though all eyes are on “Carol” and “The Danish Girl” to push the number to 13.
Check out the chart below — which tracks the grosses of LGBT films since 2010. And before you take to the comments, we know you could arguably also include “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Beginners,” though in all four cases the LGBT characters (played by Ezra Miller, Jared Leto, Rosemarie DeWitt and Christopher Plummer, respectively) are supporting a heterosexual lead, so we’ve decided to keep to leads.