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There is not much agreement about what makes an idea innovative, and what makes an innovative idea valuable. For example, discussions on whether the internet is a better invention than the wheel are more likely to reveal personal preferences than logical argumentation. Likewise, experts disagree on the type and level of innovation that is most beneficial for organizations. Somestudiessuggest that radical innovation (which does sound sexy) confers sustainable competitive advantages, butothersshow that “mild” innovation – think iPhone 5 rather than the original iPhone – is generally more effective, not least because it reduces market uncertainty. There is also inconclusive evidence on whether we should pay attention to consumers’ views, with somestudiesshowing that a customer focus is detrimental for innovation because it equates to playing catch-up, butothersarguing for it. Even Henry Ford’s famous quote on the subject – “if I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said fast…

The 15 biggest box-office hits ever

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In just 20 days, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has become the highest-grossing film of all time in North America. The film has earned more than $760 million domestically, and it's showing no signs of slowing down.
While 2009's "Avatar" is still the highest-grossing movie worldwide earning $2.78 billion, "Star Wars" could soon overtake James Cameron's sci-fi flick as box-office king. After all, it's already brought in over $1.5 billion worldwide.
Surpassing "Avatar' will depend on how well the film does in China, the second-largest movie market, when it premieres January 9.
To find out where "The Force Awakens" ranks worldwide, keep reading to see the 15 highest-grossest movies of all time.

15. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (2014): $1.104 billion

15. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (2014): $1.104 billion
Paramount Pictures
Source: Box Office Mojo

14. "Skyfall" (2012): $1.108 billion

14. "Skyfall" (2012): $1.108 billion
AP
Source: Box Office Mojo

13. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003): $1.11 billion

13. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003): $1.11 billion
New Line
Source: Box Office Mojo

12. "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon" (2011): $1.12 billion

12. "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon" (2011): $1.12 billion
Paramount Pictures
Source: Box Office Mojo

11. "Minions" (2015) $1.15 billion

11. "Minions" (2015) $1.15 billion
Universal Pictures/"Minions"
Source: Box Office Mojo

10. "Iron Man 3" (2013): $1.2 billion

Source: Box Office Mojo

9. "Frozen" (2013): $1.27 billion

8. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" (2011): $1.34 billion

8. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" (2011): $1.34 billion
Warner Bros.
Source: Box Office Mojo

7. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015): $1.4 billion

6. "Furious 7" (2015): $1.51 billion

6. "Furious 7" (2015): $1.51 billion
Universal Pictures
Source: Box Office Mojo

5. "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012): $1.52 billion

4. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015): $1.55 billion

4. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015): $1.55 billion
Lucasfilm
Source: Box Office Mojo

3. "Jurassic World" (2015): $1.66 billion

3. "Jurassic World" (2015): $1.66 billion
Universal
Source: Box Office Mojo

2. "Titanic" (1997): $2.18 billion

2. "Titanic" (1997): $2.18 billion
20th Century Fox/Paramount Pictures
Source: Box Office Mojo

1. "Avatar" (2009): $2.78 billion

1. "Avatar" (2009): $2.78 billion
20th Century Fox
Source: Box Office Mojo

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