Worldwide Box Office: Respect is Earned, Not Given

One way to discover great movies and movie trivia is through browsing the Internet Movie Database - better known as IMDb - which is one of the most popular sources for film, TV, and celebrity-biography content. More than 250 million people visit the site each month. The IMDb database includes more than 185 million unique bits of information related to the more than 3 million film and television productions.
  • Movie information includes: box-office data, showtimes, and cast, credits, and other descriptive statistics.
  • IMDb also provides adjusted gross earnings estimated on movies based on 2017 ticket price ($8.84). So, if 'Gone with the Wind' (1939) box office earnings were less than $200 million, adjusted for ticket price inflation, today's earnings would be $1.8 billion.
Registered users of IMDb may rate movies on a 10-star scale, which we've shared with you in today's Viz of the Day for easing browsing of a small portion of the most popular and highest grossing films of all time.

While IMDb ranking is an indicator of an impression a movie makes after watching it, statistics on box office gives an idea about how desirable a movie was before watching.

To assess how well movies meet viewers' expectations we have compared the data on the gross worldwide box office of highest grossing films in each year from 1989 to 2017 to their IMDb ranking. The data shows that, in average, today, movies meet viewers' expectations better than they did 30 years ago.

Thus, the worst rated among highest grossing movies of 90-s (Mission: Impossible II) has a rating of 6.1, in 00-s this indicator is 7.1 (Pitares of the Caribbean: At World's End), and in 10-s - 7.5 (Frozen) not accounting, however, for 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'.


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