How Did This Year’s Oscar Ratings, Length Compare?

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

This year’s Academy Awards presentation seemed to drag on forever, but it wasn’t actually that long compared to past shows. The event last lasted 194 minutes, which is slightly longer than the average since the mid-1980s (183 minutes), but relatively short compared to the four-hour-plus show in 2002: 

About 39.3 million people tuned in for the show, a four-percent increase over the 2011. The best ratings since the mid-1980s came in 1998, when Titanic won best picture: 

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Visualizing 2010 Movie Sales

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

This scatter plot shows how major Hollywood movies performed in 2010. The x-axis, from left to right, shows more money spent to make each movie. The y-axis, from bottom to top, shows more gross sales for each movie. I’ve filtered out movies that were below the median for budget and sales: about $20 million.

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Is ‘Green Hornet’ Super Bad?

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

The Green Hornet“ opened this weekend to lukewarm reviews by critics, earning low scores on movie score aggregators like Metacritc and Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s one of my favorites: “A big, sloppy, loud, grating mess of a movie,” wrote the Detroit News’ Adam Graham.

Elise wondered how “Hornet” compared to other movies based on comic books characters and superheroes, so we compiled a quick list from Wikipedia. I then pulled in their scores from Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes and uploaded the data to Many Eyes.

This block histogram shows the average score along the bottom, or X axis. The Y axis shows the number of films in that range. Green Hornet gets grouped with Daredevil, Batman Forever and the Fantastic Four sequel — all mediocre movies. 

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I then created a basic Excel bar chart, which has both scores for each film, but is sorted by average. Superman II, seriously?

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2010 Movie Sales

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

Watching The King’s Speech yesterday, I wondered how the various major movies genres and rating levels fare against one another at the box office.

Using data from The Numbers, a site that tracks Hollywood sales and stars, and I filtered the list down to the eight most common genres — and only those films that grossed more than $1 million. I uploaded the data to Many Eyes, a free site owned by IBM, to create a tree map, a visualization method that displays hierarchical data into easily digestible categories.  

Here’s the view by genre. Clearly, moviegoers like adventure, followed by comedy, drama and action. The shade of each category changes slightly in subcategories based on the rating (notice the bright pink box at the bottom for Toy Story, the year’s highest-grossing movie but also one of only two G-rated adventures):

Right click inside a category and drill down to see more detail. Here we look at the adventures alone: 

Or drill down farther into the PG-rated movies, and hover over each title to see its gross sales:

Of course, you also have the ability to change the entire view by changing the “size” drop-down menu at the bottom of the map, or by sliding the hierarchical categories (genre, title, rating) at the top. Check out the map

Tree maps take experimentation to understand, but they can be powerful tools. If you like this subject, also check out Terrab Erk’s cool stack graph comparing movie genres back to the 1880s.

Source: The Numbers | Data: Google Docs