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Math in the News: Issue 85

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In this issue of Math in the News we look at box office data from 2013. We look for patterns in the data and analyze the data using different data displays, including bar graphs, line graphs, …

In this issue of Math in the News we look at box office data from 2013. We look for patterns in the data and analyze the data using different data displays, including bar graphs, line graphs, scatterplot, and tables. This provides an excellent opportunity for data analysis.


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  • 1. 2013 Movies: A Year in Review Math in the News Issue 85
  • 2. A Summary of 2013 Here is how Hollywood did in 2013: Total Box Office Gross: $10,814,534,491 Tickets Sold: 1,325,315,470 Average Ticket Price: $8.16 Source: http://www.the-numbers.com How does this compare to 2012?
  • 3. Box Office Comparison: 2012–2013 12 10 8 2012 6 2013 4 2 0 Box Office ($Billion) Tickets Sold (Billions) Average Ticket Price ($) A Comparison of 2012 and 2013. As you can see, 2013 was relatively flat compared to 2012.
  • 4. Average ticket price 2012 $7.96 Average ticket price 2013 $8.16 Percent Increase in Price 2.5% A Comparison of 2012 and 2013 There was a small increase in the average price of a ticket. A price increase can result in more revenue.
  • 5. Tickets Sold 2012 1,360,033,954 Tickets Sold 2013 1,325,315,470 Percent Decrease in Tickets Sold -2.55% A Comparison of 2012 and 2013 However, the price increase was more than offset by a decrease in the number of tickets sold.
  • 6. Price 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Tickets Sold $7.18 $7.50 $7.89 $7.93 $7.96 $8.13 1,385,217,349 1,419,832,506 1,336,346,999 1,284,600,973 1,360,033,954 1,325,315,470 Changes in Ticket Prices This continues a trend that shows as the price increases, the number of tickets sold decreases.
  • 7. 1,440,000,000 1,420,000,000 1,400,000,000 Tickets Sold 1,380,000,000 1,360,000,000 1,340,000,000 1,320,000,000 1,300,000,000 1,280,000,000 1,260,000,000 $7.00 $7.20 $7.40 $7.60 Average Ticket Price $7.80 $8.00 Changes in Ticket Prices Here is a scatterplot of the data set. $8.20
  • 8. Rank Movie 1 Iron Man 3 The Hunger Games: Catching 2 Fire 3 Despicable Me 2 4 Man of Steel 5 Monsters University 6 Frozen 7 Gravity 8 Fast and Furious 6 9 Oz the Great and Powerful 10 Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 Gross $408,992,272 Tickets Sold 50,121,601 $395,526,705 $367,793,270 $291,045,518 $268,488,329 $263,092,648 $254,861,229 $238,679,850 $234,770,996 $228,778,661 48,471,409 45,072,704 35,667,342 32,902,981 32,241,746 31,232,993 29,249,981 28,770,955 28,036,600 A Summary of 2013 We can see how the price increase affects the top-grossing movies. Here are the top 10 movies for 2013.
  • 9. Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Movie Marvel's The Avengers The Dark Knight Rises The Hunger Games Skyfall The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 The Amazing Spider-Man The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Brave Ted Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 Gross $623,279,547 $448,139,099 $408,010,692 $293,729,570 Tickets Sold 78,301,450 56,298,881 51,257,624 36,900,699 $287,756,286 $262,030,663 $246,289,507 $237,236,938 $218,665,740 $216,391,482 36,150,287 32,918,425 30,940,892 29,803,635 27,470,570 27,184,859 A Summary of 2012 Here are the top 10 movies for 2012.
  • 10. Comparison of 2012 and 2013: Top 10 Movies 90,000,000 80,000,000 70,000,000 60,000,000 50,000,000 2012 40,000,000 2013 30,000,000 20,000,000 10,000,000 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Comparison of 2012 and 2013 Here is a double bar graph comparison of the data sets.
  • 11. A Summary of 2013 There are other factors that may affect movie attendance other than price. Here are some factors: • Video Streaming services like NetFlix make it more convenient to watch movies at home. • Mobile technologies. iPads and other mobile devices provide alternatives to movie watching. • Hollywood’s Blockbuster-itis: Marketing heavily the big movies, while spending less on others.

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