Ever wanted to see all of the most popular movies in the last 50 years, this visualization is meant for you. In the graph below you will be able to dive into the history of movies an see what movies were the most popular, how much they earned, and how much was the budget to make them.
Here are a few ideas of interesting things to look at. Let’s start with the launch of the largest grossing franchise in history: “Star Wars”. Go to the year 1977, and try to find this historical hit. Incredibly popular right, but the budget (size of the dot) isn’t a lot bigger than the flops of that year. You can observe the same trend with the next star wars movie in 1980. Let’s move on to another classic franchise that started in 1981. Do you have an idea which one we are thinking of? If you had Indiana Jones, you were right. Look at the budget, it’s not the most expensive movie that was made that year but it grossed almost double the revenue in the box office.
Now let’s have a look at some of the biggest hits of all times. Let’s start with E.T in 1982, you'll notice that it didn’t have an extravagant budget but that it manage to gross more than 4 times the revenue second best movie that year in the boy office. Let’s finish off with James Cameron legendary hit, Titanic. If you don’t remember the year use the search bar to find it. Titanic shows a different trend than what we observed before. The budget to produce the movie was astronomical, but the return revenue made it the first movie ever to break the 1B$ mark.
We can see that in the 20th century a good movie didn’t have a huge budget. Let’s now look at how things have evolved in the 21st century. Use the timeline control to play through time. We can see a clear trend that the smaller budget movies tend to be less popular and yield les return. To take another great hit made by James Cameron, Avatar, released in 2009. We can observe that it is production budget was one of the largest that year. It was also the first movie ever to gross more than 2B$.
Now, it is your turn to explore!