SAN DIEGO–Guinness World Records®, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, descended on Comic-Con International 2010, to honor the best of the best in television, film, comics, video games and toys. During the four-day pop-culture extravaganza, Guinness World Records presented records for Star Wars, Rocky, Saw and even to the record breaking convention itself for being the largest of its kind! The book’s Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday traveled from the London headquarters to present these achievements in advance of the Guinness World Records 2011 release on September 15.
“Comic-Con remains the premier destination for pop-culture enthusiasts and is host to all of the biggest names in entertainment. That’s exactly the kind of place that Guinness World Records wants to be,” said Glenday.
Guinness World Records presented the following records at Comic-Con:
Most Successful Horror Movie Series – SAW – Producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg accepted the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Successful Horror Movie Series’ with $732 million total global box office sales.
Most Successful Sports Movie Franchise – Rocky – Stars of the upcoming theatrical release The Expendables and co-stars of Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren, accepted the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Successful Sports Movie Franchise for Rocky’, grossing $1,251,372,491 throughout its six installments, running from Rocky (November, 21 1976) to Rocky Balboa (December 20, 2006).
Largest Comic Book Convention – Comic-Con International in San Diego, garners over 125,000 attendees, making it the largest comic book convention in the world. David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Publicity for Comic-Con, accepted the record.
Highest Rated Animated Sci-Fi Television Series – Airing on Cartoon Network, the popular CGI series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, received the record for the ‘Highest Rated Sci-Fi Animation Show on TV’ averaging a viewership of 4 million at its launch. On hand to accept the award were Supervising Director Dave Filoni, CG Supervisor Joel Aron and Lead Designer Kilian Plunkett.
Most Ultimate Fighting Championships Heavyweight Championship Bouts Won – With seven wins between 1997 and 2008, Randy Couture accepted the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight Championship Bouts Won’.
Most WWE Royal Rumble Championships Won – ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin was presented with the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Wins of the World Wrestling Entertainment Royal Rumble’ with three wins in 1997, 1998, and 2001.
Most Chocolate Bars Eaten in One Minute – The record-breaking bonanza continued with THQ setting the record for the Most Chocolate Bars Eaten in One Minute. The record of 3 Milky Ways was set jointly by Pat Bernaletti and Joey Chestnut to highlight the release of THQs Red Faction: Armageddon.
Highest Rated Animated Series (Current) – Futurama – With a favorable 80% rating on Metacritic.com, FUTURAMA creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen accepted the award for the highest rated animated series currently on television.
Most Eisner Awards in One Category – Todd Klein accepted the record for the most Eisner Comic Award wins in one category. Klein received 15 wins in the Best Letterer/Lettering category from 1993 to 2008.
Tallest Structure Built With Interlocking Bricks – LEGO – Julie Stern, Brand Relations Manager for LEGO, accepted the award for the tallest structure built with interlocking plastic bricks. The structure was 99 ft 1 in high and was constructed by children and adults at an event organized by Lego Norway in Oslo, Norway, on April 24, 2010.
This world renowned and celebrated annual, Guinness World Records 2011, contains the most comprehensive collection of the greatest and most amazing accomplishments from around the world and beyond. A “must-have” for both knowledge-seekers and aspiring record-breakers of all ages, Guinness World Records 2011 is available September 15th for the suggested retail price of $28.95. New to this year’s book launch Guinness World Records will also introduce an iPad and iPhone version that will be available for a full interactive experience. .