The success of Disney's "Frozen" earned it a place in this year record books.
As the global authority on records of all types, Guinness World Records of course keeps its eye on the world of celebrity and entertainment all year long.
But, with the Sept. 11 launch of the Guinness World Records 2015 book, now is the time to announce some of the celebrity records broken in the past year, to be featured in the definitive annual publication for anything superlative.
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Academy Award-winning starlet Jennifer Lawrence lands a spot on the film pages for Highest-grossing action movie heroine. The phenomenal success of the first two movies in The Hunger Games franchise - centered around Lawrence's protagonist Katniss Everdeen -have grossed more than $1.52 billion (£928 million) total internationally. TheHunger Games: Catching Fire was also the highest-grossing post-apocalypse movie, earning more than $420 million (£255 million) in the USA and $854 million (£519 million) worldwide.
Records also tumbled on televison. The hugely popular HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones makes its way into the 2015 book as the Most pirated TV program. "GoT" retained its spot atop Torrent Freak’s top 10 list of most pirated TV shows, with 5.9 million downloads per episode.
HBO and Warner Bros. executives have controversially stated that "receiving the title of the ‘most-pirated’ was better than an Emmy," creating a "much needed cultural buzz."
Coming off a controversial and highly buzzworthy year of her own, Miley Cyrus’s popularity peaked after she "twerked" with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, gaining her a place in the 2015 book as the Most searched-for pop star on the Internet. Also online, international superstar Shakira set a social media record when her 100 millionth fan clicked the “like” button on her Facebook page, making her the Most liked person on the platform and First to reach 1 million likes.
Other stand-out entertainment records to grace the pages of the Guinness World Records 2015 book include:
- Highest box office film gross for an animation: There's no letting go of this record for Frozen, as the wildly popular Disney princesses Elsa and Anna racked up an astounding $1.13 billion (£686 million) and counting at the international box office to date.
- Fastest-selling iTunes album: Beyoncé features in the new 2015 book for the release of her incredible eponymous video album, which sold 828,773 copies worldwide in the first three days of availability.
- Highest annual earnings for a film actor: This record is shared by Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. Cruise earned approximately $76.7 million (£46.6 million) between May 2011 and May 2012, but Downey made the same amount between June 2012 and June 2013, benefiting from the proceeds of both The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
- Most swearing in one film : The DiCaprio-Scorcese movie The Wolf of Wall Street featured a count of at least 687 expletives – an average of 3.81 swear words per minute.
- Most Twitter followers: Star singer Katy Perry boasts the most Twitter followers in the world, with a count of more than 56 million, sure to increase by the time you read this.
- Most “likes” on a Facebook item: This belongs to Vin Diesel for a Facebook photo of himself and the late Paul Walker after Walker's tragic death in November, at more than 6.8 million likes.
- Most words in a hit single: The single "Rap God" from Eminem packed a mouth-filling 1,560 words into its 6 min 4 sec runtime.
- Longest continuously running film franchise: Its latest installment in 2014 extended the Godzilla franchise over a total span of 60 years, and counting.
As the Guinness World Records 2015 book celebrates the 60th anniversary edition of the series, it includes a special throwback section looking at the past 60 years, examining how the film and music industry has changed. It also looks at how some records haven't, like how Gone With the Wind remains the Highest-grossing film ever when adjusting for inflation.
Guinness World Records 2015 is the 60 th anniversary edition of the world’s best-selling copyright book and is available worldwide in September.
It’s packed full of incredible feats, facts and achievements and also features new Augmented Reality technology that enables the reader to bring record-breakers to life in stunning 3D.
You can find out more about the book, and sign up to be notified when it becomes available in your region, by heading to www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2015
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