Movie box office charts

Click any picture to get a really big detailed breakdown for the year.

I had an idea for displaying box office data graphically and here are the results. It's inspired by stream graphs and the works of Edward Tufte.

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.

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2008 (United Kingdom)

2007

2006

2005

1998 (top ten)

1988 (top ten)

Reaction

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.

About

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.