Movie box office charts
Click any picture to get a really big detailed breakdown for the
I had an idea for displaying box office data graphically and here
are the results. It's inspired
graphs and the works of
Each page displays trends in the top 25 movies at the box office
for each weekend in a year. The color is based on the movie's debut
week. Because of that, long-running movies will gradually start to
stand out from newer movies with different colors.
The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and The Dark
Knight Rises, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Park 2
have huge opening weekends.
The Hangover hung around forever.
Paranormal Activity had an impressive run-up from almost nothing to the #1 movie.
Twilight opened huge, but fell off pretty quickly.
Avatar had an amazing two-week run to finish the year.
No Country for Old Men gets an interesting trajectory from
its Oscar run-up and win. The Dark Knight was the first movie to
stay at #1 for four weeks.
2008 (United Kingdom)
This chart shows the top 15 movies each week for the UK box office for 2008. It is scaled differently from the US box office charts, and the figures are in UK pounds. Data is from the UK Film Council.
Night at the Museum runs from January to May,
and Transformers is unsurprisingly huge. But was Wild
Hogs really that popular? Wow.
Pirates of the Caribbean has a long run, and even reappears
in the top 25 late in the year.
1998 (top ten)
1988 (top ten)
A Fish Called Wanda took a record six weeks to reach #1 on
an otherwise-dead September weekend. It did beat out Die Hard,
When these charts were first published on July 30th, 2008, the
pattern of links over the next few days was pretty interesting. You
can see a chart here.
These pages (HTML and PNG images) were created by a Common Lisp
program. The Vecto
library was used for the vector graphics.
If you have any questions or comments,
please email me, Zach Beane.
Movie gross information is
from Box Office Mojo, one
of the best movie sites ever.