2016 box office

As it’s the start of a new year, I thought that now would be a good time to reflect on the best films of 2016.

A big question (which I’m not planning on answering here!) is what makes a movie successful. How much money it makes at the box office? A high rating on IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes? Number of award nominations? The list goes on and on…

I’ve collected data from a variety of sources to explore this further: I used Box Office Mojo data to find the top 200 highest earning films of 2016 and the omdbapi package in R to collect IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes ratings data from the OMDb API.

I used R Shiny and Plotly to create interactive charts in order to explore the data further:

Click here to see the 2016 box office data visualisation

Some things to look out for…

  1. Adventure movies make the most $$$ & there were a hell of a lot of Action / Adventure films!
  2. Rotten Tomatoes users and critics disagree on the best Golden Globes nominee (Hacksaw Ridge vs. Hell or High Water / Moonlight) – whereas IMDb users rate La La Land the highest
  3. Comedies had a very varied level of success in terms of both ratings and the box office


Thanks for reading!

Download the code here

Please note: Ratings and box office data is correct as of 31/01/17 – as the data was pulled off manually, it will not automatically update




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