The Disney Renaissance in Four Charts

by Gunther Heinrich, 26 Jul 2009 in Analyses

(Update: Thanks to Daniel’s important hint in the comments l I added Brother Bear and Home on the Range to my analysis – which I initially totally forgot. Interestingly, the text doesn’t even need a change, since both movies did nothing exceptional on the box office front and continued the trends I write about.)

Soon, Disney will try to redeem its name in the world of 2D animation with The Princess and the Frog. Personally and frankly I couldn’t care less since I’ve begun to dive into the world of anime and watched some highly creative stuff they’ve done. But that’s only me, one little blogger with a mad mind, so that’s okay.

Not regarding my personal taste regarding Disney movies I’ve done some “research” and put together all important numbers from all Disney (Update: 2D/classical) animated flicks since Little Mermaid.

Well, what can I say: it can only go up…

The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself.

Today I stumbled upon an interesting post on Slashfilm that deals with the various box offices of every Harry Potter movie from 1 to 5. While the different box offices’ up and downs is cool to look at, there’s one problem in that post which urges me to write about it in more detail since I often use statistics and hence feel some sort of obligation: the proper way to create charts.

Star Trek and its Opening Weekends

by Gunther Heinrich, 11 May 2009 in Analyses

Star Trek made a lot of money this weekend and The Movie Blog just compared this success with the rest of the movie franchise. And do you want to know what my first thought was, when I read this post? No?

Well, I didn’t think about a franchise that finally made it and fully deserved it or thought about the abysmal quality in recent years. And I didn’t felt compelled to watch Star Trek now.

No. My first thought simply was: did they adjust the opening grosses for inflation?

After opening my last Star Trek Excel and entering the numbers mostly was done with it and would have patted my inner wisenheimer for this nitpicking grandeur – if there wouldn’t be a little major discovery on Mount Obvious:

All Star Trek Movies and Episodes in Two Charts

by Gunther Heinrich, 2 May 2009 in Analyses

Star Trek seems to be everywhere at the moment – which is no wonder regarding the fact that the premiere just took place and the worldwide release is only days ahead.

So, I thought I add my part to the crowd, do some statistical analysis and put together all numbers for almost the whole franchise. The results are two charts into which all those numbers are condensed.

For one, I took the box offices of all movies of the Star Trek franchise, adjusted them to today’s ticket prices and put them into one chart.

For the other, I searched for all Nielsen Ratings of all episodes of all Star Trek series from The Next Generation to Enterprise and put them together. The result you will see below is in many ways the ultimate series chart of Star Trek any Trekkie should love and hate at the same time.

The Box Office Curve of Video Game Adaptations

by Gunther Heinrich, 26 Apr 2009 in Analyses

The live action movie adaptation of the best selling game-shooter (and soon to be franchise) Bioshock has been put on hold by Universal as you can read here and here.

To say I was dumbfounded by this news would be a massive understatement. I bought the game almost immediately after its release and it’s been an amazing and breathtaking ride. The atmosphere, the story of a utopia gone horribly wrong along with its citizen (“I’m gonna be a star. It’s not too late, not too late”) and the perfect execution make Bioshock one of the best games I ever played.

I couldn’t understand why Universal would put such a great story with massive potential on hold.

Well, after imagining myself being dressed up as a Big Daddy and paying them a visit I calmed down and started to do some research on the major video game adaptations of Hollywood and their respective Box Offices.

Frankly speaking after the visual results emerged: it looks bad. Really bad. Not only for the hopefully upcoming Bioshock movie but for the genre as a whole.