Scary Movies (1933-2006)

In: Culture History

20 Oct 2011

Halloween is next week! This graphic compares budget, box office revenue, and rotten tomatoes ratings of most of the classics.

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5 Responses to Scary Movies (1933-2006)


Max L

October 21st, 2011 at 12:02 am

this is an interesting idea for a chart, but these numbers are useless. It says they are adjusted for inflation but that just exacerbates an existing problem further. The gross receipts can be adjusted for inflation, but that doesn’t change the fact that a movie ticket for the original King Kong was only a dime and the laughably inflated number for Scream was based on tickets 100x higher. So, whatever. Here is an example of how to do it right, and a discussion as to why:



October 22nd, 2011 at 7:40 am

You’re not wrong Max! Though i love the graphics they’ve used to show the information.



October 24th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Good point Max, thanks for the link to that reference.



October 27th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Hey Max, I was on the team that created this infographic and that was one of the sources we used for producing those numbers. A lot of sources and cross references were computed and compared before we published the info. Thanks for keeping us in check though! Glad you guys like this infographic



November 1st, 2011 at 1:37 pm


The low revenue for King Kong is pretty surprising. Did you adjust for ppopulation, number of theatres, etc? Or was it too graphic for the times and only a small portion of the adult population could stand to see it?

It looks like some of the “wedges” were not drawn correctly. The wedge for the revenue of Return of the living Dead (29.9M) is much bigger than for the neighboring movie Nightmare on Elm street that made (55+M). Similar problems seem to exist for 28 Days later, Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Shaun of the Dead. The “wedges” for movie budgets of the last two movies don’t look right either. Why is the 7.49M budget of Dawn of the Dead drawn almost twice as large as the 10.1 M budget of 28 Days later, and 4x as large as the 33M budget for Shaun of the Dead?

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