This might be our best dataset yet. A massive sheaf of numbers on every major Hollywood film since 2007. Their budgets, review scores, grosses, genres and profits. Just in time for the Oscars in February!
Best of all – you don’t need to be able to design. You can sketch your entry on a napkin.
I’m so excited about this dataset. We hand-compiled it over a year. It’s fully comprehensive and flips up the hood on Hollywood. Let me just go through it with you.
For every Hollywood & major US film of the last 5 years, it collates:
- lead studio
- reviews – Rotten tomatoes metascore (all critics’ reviews combined into a single score) & audience score
- story type (of the 22 potential types of plot – see this PDF for a summary)
- grosses – opening weekend, domestic gross, foreign gross, and worldwide (plus number of theatres in US opening weekend)
- budget (very difficult figure to find for some movies, especially flops)
and best of all
profitability – what % of the production budget was recovered at the box office.
It always bugs me how Hollywood grades or broadcasts the success of a film by gross income. Profitability, or % of Budget Recovered, is a way better grade of a film’s success. Especially in America, where each film has such high printing and advertising costs, that it needs to recover about 250-300% of its budget to be deemed a true hit.
In fact, if you use Profitability as an index, it changes the view considerably. Take 2007, for example, where the biggest grossing film was Pirates Of The Caribbean: At Worlds End. But it only recovered 320% of its budget. But the most profitable film of 2007 by far was…
Can you guess? Have a look at the data.