Compare The Ratings And Profits Of 6,318 Movies In One Chart

Feb 08, 2015 at 2:39 PM ET

This interactive chart, by Nick Stepro of the blog Bars & Bubbles, beautifully illustrates the relative profitability, popularity and critical favorability of 6,318 popular films from before World War I to the present.

Stepro explains that the size of the bubbles relates to the size of various dimensions, such as budget, return on investment (ROI), profit, IMDB votes and box-office receipts. This screenshot, for instance, demonstrates ROIs.

The interactive piece is not highly compatible with mobile devices, but we’ve rounded up a few of our own findings using the graph to tide you over until you have a chance to play around with it yourself on a computer.

1. Ouch, Biebs.
Here are the films of 2000–2015 sorted by IMDB rating and skewed as much as possible toward the lowest-rated ones:

See the orange dot way on the left? It’s Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never, with an IMDB community rating of 1.5. Yow.

2. Ouch, Biebs, Pt. 2
See the little orange dot second most to the left?

That’s Justin Bieber’s film Believe, released in 2013.


3. These three movies tied for third lowest-rated but were rated much higher than any of Justin Bieber’s entries.
Three movies were tied for the third lowest-rated, at 1.9: Disaster Movie (2008), The Helix… Loaded (2005) and The Price of Air (2000). Disaster Movie was the Scary Movie of natural disasters; The Helix… Loaded is a parody of Fight Club and features Vanilla Ice; and The Price of Air is the story of drug couriers starring Michael Madsen and Dick van Patten.

4. The Dark Knight and The Shawshank Redemption are the world’s sweethearts.

Discussion about them outweighed all Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies, and both received a 9 or higher in community ratings.

5. Nicolas Cage “has no peer in cinema.”
The National Treasure star has made over $5 billion in box-office revenue in 30 years, Stepro reminds us. That’s 100 percent return on the initial investment of all his movies combined, the blogger calculated.