Sunday, July 09, 2006

we pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot

Forget "Aquaman." The biggest box office opening of all time is "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." My family and I bought four of the 20 million tickets sold this weekend. I don't usually bother reading box office results because they are always measured in dollars. With ticket prices steadily rising, the figures don't mean anything to me. However the AP story about the record sales for "Pirates" actually mentioned the number of tickets sold:
Even factoring in higher admission prices since 2002, "Dead Man's Chest" still set a record of just under 20 million tickets sold, about 200,000 more than "Spider-Man."
Wouldn't it be more interesting if they always reported the number of tickets sold? We would know where "Pirates" really stacks up against movies like "Jaws" and "The Empire Strikes Back."
Plus we could compare how many people go to movies with how many people watch TV or listen to the radio each week. With raw numbers like that staring them in the face, the folks at "Entertainment Weekly" might feel compelled to write an article about radio every now and again.
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Anonymous Pam Mc said...

So right you are Frank, I totally agree.

Blogger Frank Strovel III said...

Me too.

Although, in EW's defense, the biggest radio star in the biz graced the cover recently.

Anonymous Frank's daughter said...

Einstein Simplified should turn the Pirates song into an improv game much like "Irish Drinking Song." i'd love to watch that....yo ho yo ho, a pirate's life for me!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you talking about?

You cannot compare a film released today and in the 1970's. That will always be a false analogy.

Simply stated, you have economic differences, such that there are more theaters and screens today (multiplex's with 14+ screens), the value of the dollar compared to the price of a viewing (more affordable), and population increases alone.

Ticket sales, like comparing box office gross, is ridiculous over that vast of a period of time. Advances in technology make films today more appealing for the masses and therefore also draw in more people.

With so many factors mentioned above and those that are not, films of years past and present cannot be justifiably compared.


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