Looking Back: Nifty Colorful 2010 Box Office Full Year Flowchart

December 31, 2010
Source: Xach

2010 Box Office Flowchart

Speaking of box office numbers, we've got something else year-end-box-office-related worthy of its own post just because it's such a kick ass, and rather deep exploration into box office earnings - so let's get into it! If you're already foaming at the mouth and you're this obsessed with how much money movies make… maybe you should move to L.A. and start working for the studios! No but seriously, this is interesting stuff. I know I've seen previous year's flowcharts like this before, but Xach (from The Film Stage) has once again debuted their 2010 box office flowchart that you must scroll through on their website. Clickable preview below!

2010 Box Office Visualization

Just click that image above to head to and scroll left/right to see the entire year in review. It's a gorgeous flowchart/graph/whatever it's called. It's always fascinating to see data presented like this, putting a visual perspective on not only how important opening weekends are, but how long movies must play to make a lot of money (Avatar shows up on there quite a bit). In related news, the ERC revealed that the 2010 box office has tallied up to $10.55 billion. This is a .3% drop from 2009's $10.58 billion box office but due to inflation, a 5% decrease in attendance. For the year's Top 10 biggest box office earners - head over here.

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Lincoln on Jan 1, 2011


Scott Pilgrim vs. The World should've made so much more money.

lamar on Jan 1, 2011


So, so awesome. And agree, lamar. It's borderline criminal how a turd like Last Airbender can so badly outgross several other decent films.

Ty on Jan 1, 2011


I think it's a matter of how well known the source material is in regards to an adaptation. Last Airbender was big due to the popularity of the Nickolodeon cartoon of the same name. Scott Pilgrim's source material isn't as well known and as a result not as many people saw it.

Jezza on Jan 1, 2011


Twigay! Twigay! Twigay!

Jon A. on Jan 1, 2011


Zach Beane did a great job with these charts. Charts like one shown on this page are available from 2005 to 2010 on According to the website "I had an idea for displaying box office data graphically and here are the results. It's inspired by stream graphs and the works of Edward Tufte." Edward Tufte's book "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information" is a great book worth checking out from the library. For more information on the work of Edward Tufte see:

Dan Dassow on Jan 2, 2011

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