ON METHOD: THE STORYALITY STUDY – THE DATA SOURCE
Where should we obtain the data from, in searching for the Top (and Bottom) ROI films?
There are two main options for capturing this data: The-Numbers.com and BoxOfficeMojo.com.
The database chosen for the study was The-Numbers database, at www.the-numbers.com.
`is the most in-depth collection of movie industry financial information available, containing information on over 16,000 movies, including budgets, domestic and international box office, domestic video consumer sales and rentals, cast and crew information, and other categorization data. It is backed by a rigorous classification methodology that makes it possible for investors and industry researchers to build accurate financial models and to measure the performance of individual movies, production companies, studios, market segments, and the industry as a whole. It is also an ideal data source for application developers who want to incorporate movie information into their application, service or web site.’ (Nash 2012)
For the above reasons, this database was chosen as the information source for this study.
The only viable alternate option was http://boxofficemojo.com/ however that site does not have pre-collated lists of Budget records (such as the Top 20 Return On Investment films) and is therefore difficult to use as a data source.
By comparison, The-Numbers.com features many records lists: http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/records/budgets.php
(We may perhaps ask – where are the Bollywood or indie-Indian films, in the list? Like Satyajit Ray’s (amazing) The Apu Trilogy, etc? Unfortunately, India tends not to keep box office records, so: that data is currently inaccessible.)
PS – Also if you find any other films with a better ROI than 7,078% (i.e. #20 on the list above, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) please let me know, I would be extremely grateful – and you will be assisting in this noble scientific endeavour – please see the email address, on the contact page.
Importantly – and this is a bold conjecture (as per Sir Karl Popper’s definition) – It is my prediction (it is in fact the StoryAlity theory’s prediction) that any narrative fiction feature films found with a greater than 7078% ROI will also adhere to the StoryAlity film story principles. (Villain Triumphant, No Character Arcs, StoryAlity 10-Act structure, etc etc.)
Comments most welcome, and, my sincere thanks in advance.
High-RoI Story/Screenplay/Movie and Transmedia Researcher
The above is (mostly) an adapted excerpt, from my doctoral thesis: “Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema”. It is presented here for the benefit of fellow screenwriting, filmmaking and creativity researchers. For more, see https://aftrs.academia.edu/JTVelikovsky
JT Velikovsky is also a produced feature film screenwriter and million-selling transmedia writer-director-producer. He has been a professional story analyst for major film studios, film funding organizations, and for the national writer’s guild. For more see: http://on-writering.blogspot.com/
Box Office Mojo: http://boxofficemojo.com/
Nash, Bruce ‘OpusData – Documentation – Main page’, (updated This page was last modified on 5 April 2012, at 16:49.) <http://www.opusdata.com/user/documentation.php>, accessed 27th April 2012.