Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Ebb and Flow of Movies

The New York Times made an interactive visualization of how movies did in the theaters from 1986 through 2008.

The height of the section for each movie shows the weekly revenue of the film over time, the width shows how long it stayed in theaters, and the area of the shape and the deepness of the color shows the total revenue of the film during its stay in theaters. Clicking on the slice that represents a movie brings up a short synopsis of the movie and a link to the New York Times movie overview.

Interestingly, even adjusted for inflation, the visualization shows that movies today are enjoying a wider audience and more sales than they did in the late 80's and early 90's. Also, there seems to be a continuing trend that much more money is spent in theaters in December and over the summer months than over the rest of the year, though occasionally there is a spike in November, or a certain movie that does especially well in spite of having been released in late winter or early spring.