Here is a fantastic bit of Sunday morning chart porn, and just in time for the Oscars: The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts.
A few interesting things: Search box up top; thumb tab on the bottom — it slides all the way back to 1986. Mouse over any movie, and you get the full name; click the name, and a short description pops up, including a link to the NYT overrview. That includes cast, reader ratings, trailer and clips, and link to the full NYT review.
My only criticisms: The exact dollar amount of box office should show in the pop up; and Earth tones? No one could think of a more vibrant color set for movies? (yecch)
I’d like to see the same method of info display used for other items: stock and sector performance comes to mind, as do auto sales, Television viewership, Video game sales, Music, etc.
And who created this?
Hey NYT editors, you might want to give props Nice work by Mathew Bloch, Shan Carter and Amanda Cox creating this little beastie. Its terrific . . .
The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 – 2007
Baseline StudioSystems; Box Office Mojo
NYT, February 23, 2008