The New York Times site has an intriguing interactive visualization of box office data for Hollywood films from 1986 to 2007. The height shows the weekly box office revenue and the area of the shape and color represents the film's total gross in the US. One thing it shows is that Oscar nominees built popularity over time while Blockbusters are quick hits. For more insight into the visualization, check out Nathan's post about it at the Flowing Data blog. Link to NYT, Link to Flowing Data (Thanks, Mike Love!)
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