For those who are really into minutiae (and, really, who isn't?) this is a great resource. For instance, let's take one of my top ten favorite movies of all time, The Transformers: The Movie. I can tell you, from thenumbers.com, that that movie...
- Took in $5,849,647 theatrically
- Opened on 955 screens the week of 8 August 1986
- Earned $1,779,559 its opening weekend (an average of $1780 per theater)
- Was the third highest-grossing new release that weekend (behind One Crazy Summer and A Fine Mess) and 14th overall
- Has taken in $14,615,275 in DVD sales
- The first DVD release earned $2,273,189 in its first week (ending 12 November 2006)
- Cumulatively (original DVD release and 20th Anniversary Edition combined) the movie has sold 899,154 units
Now, were I so inclined, I could find out the average ticket prices of 1986 and calculate what percentage of the box office revenue actually came from me. All I would have to do is go back to an August 1986 issue of the Courier-Journal and find an advertisment for Showcase Cinemas that lists ticket prices. I know that I saw the movie thrice theatrically: once on opening weekend, then a second time with one of my mom's friends and her son and a third time mom took just me (my brother was at our dad's, if I recall correctly). If you factor in mom's admission all three times (and why shouldn't you, since she only went because of me?), then I theoretically am responsible for six of the admissions sold.
The mind boggles at what to do with this kind of information, really. Once upon a time, I had great enthusiasm for mathematics. It waned over years of snotty teachers and my rising interest in history, but it has always stayed with me in one form or another. I need to go to the laundro-mat now, but this is something I plan to revisit later today. I encourage you to do so, as well. Go on, you know you want to know how your favorite movies have performed!