Infographic: The Summer Box Office

Hey, everyone, I don’t exactly have an update to share here, but I do have one to share elsewhere. I recently contributed an infographic or information graphic or piece of data visualization or whatever it’s supposed to be called… for movies.com. It breaks down the 2013 summer movie season across a variety of angles, including notable actors in blockbusters this past summer, the #1 film by week, the top films by critical acclaim and total box office, and the split by genre (sequels, animation, MPAA ratings, etc…). In short, if you want to know what the summer movie season was all about at a quick glance, it’s all condensed into one image. You can find it here.


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7 responses to “Infographic: The Summer Box Office

  1. That looks really nice, you did a great job on that! I’m kind of surprised that Frances Ha is so highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes for some reason.

    • Thanks, Brittani. And yes… admittedly, I haven’t seen Frances Ha but the trailer made it look like every indie cliché ever boiled down into a hipstery sap.

  2. Xavier

    Your analysis by actor is wrong. You are sometimes using domestic box (Oblivion/Rock of Ages) or Int’l (Top Gun)…same for other actors….misleading

  3. Great job John! I love how slick it is. Back to the Future owns all!

    • Thanks, Michael! The one thing that really jumped out in looking at the list of consecutive weeks at #1 is how easy it was for movies to do that in the 80s, and how rarely it happens now. The Dark Knight was the most recent one to crack the list, and it’s in the big pile of “several tied with”.

  4. The guy who was babysat by the sister of the guy who played Nuclear Man in Superman IV

    Summer 2013 phoned it in. I thought Man of Steel wasn’t anywhere close to the uplifting Christopher Reeve versions. The best of the Summer had to be Mud with World War Z being a surprisingly entertaining zombie flick. Also, A-list actors aren’t worth the money if you are a filmmaker. I think it has something to do with people being able to have access to celebrities whenever they want them around.

    • It also doesn’t help that the A-list people get roles in bigger budget movies. Studios won’t let those movies take as many chances, and as a result they don’t have much of a shot at greatness. They’re perfectly ok, completely bland, and as inoffensive as imaginable. That’s kind of why I admire Brad Pitt to a degree. So much of his work has been done during awards season, and not during the summer blockbusters.

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