Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

All hail Box Office Quant!

It is only fair, now and then, to laud film “blogs” that, in their diligence and originality, put this piece of pap to shame. The chap at Box Office Quant deserve particular praise. Box office statistics are, of course, something …

Mon, Apr 11, 2011, 22:23

   

It is only fair, now and then, to laud film “blogs” that, in their diligence and originality, put this piece of pap to shame. The chap at Box Office Quant deserve particular praise. Box office statistics are, of course, something that only interests nerds such as myself. But, even if you are totally uninterested in that field, you can’t help but be impressed by the work Edmund Helmer puts in. Some oddity about the film business strikes him and, rather than filing it away into an unused frontal lobe, he grabs every available digital tool and analyses the issue into exhausted submission.

One recent post considered the way studios inflate their opening weekend figures. Are you interested which major studio is most guilty of overestimating their film’s takings? Probably not. You almost certainly have better things to do with your time. Our Edmund sat down and tabulated the results and eventually determined that Sony Pictures are the guiltiest in this field. DreamWorks, by way of contrast, appear to be impressively scrupulous.

Ever wonder what a map that detailed the sites of film locations throughout the last century would look like? Wonder no longer, my friend. Here is the beast. At first glance, the map seems moderately impressive. But click on any sample dot and you will see a list of all the films that were shot in the relevant locations. Click near Cellbridge and you find mention of Barry Lyndon. Dally near Ma’am Cross, County Galway and the dread words “Far and Away” appear. What’s that single dot in deepest Siberia? Bizarrely, it’s Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. And you thought it might be Stalker.

This man’s an international treasure.

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