Does the Time of Year Reflect the Quality of Movie We’ll See?

I love this time of year. Not just because there is Thanksgiving (which just past) and Christmas, but because studios release the certain movies they believe will receive some love throughout award season. Thanks to that, since September we have been given great movies like ‘Gone Girl’, ‘Birdman’, ‘Nightcrawler’ and ‘Dear White People’. Now a lot of the time, many of the movies that will be front and center during award season don’t perform as well as some of the bigger movies that have the promotion and the theater count to help them out. All this talk caused me to take a look at the box office and see if the top 10 from the past weekend reflects any potential award season darlings.

After looking at the current top 10 movies at the box office I did see some movies that have been getting early award season buzz but I also saw others that aren’t among that group but still have been liked, as opposed then being disliked, by a majority of critics (based on rottentomatoes.com). The bottom line is all but two movies in the top 10 atrottentomatoes__130916181837 the box office are above 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you don’t know anything about Rotten Tomatoes, the higher the percentage means the more number of critics gave the movie a positive review. If a movie is above 60% then it considered fresh instead of rotten.

Since a lot of “supposed” good movies are released around the fall/winter season, it’s only right that the box office reflects that. Now what parts of the year are known for being dumping grounds for movies that are seen as not so strong? Off the top of my head, I can think of the beginning of the year and, a lot of the time, the middle to the end of August. Since the latter is the more recent time period I decided to compare the latest top 10 box office movies to the box office from the last weekend of August and see if the sentiment holds true.

November 28-30, 2014

  Movie Rotten Tomatoes Score

1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 66%

2

Penguins of Madagascar 69%

3

Big Hero 6 89%

4

Interstellar 73%

5

Horrible Bosses 2 33%

6

Dumb and Dumber To 25%

7

The Theory of Everything 83%

8

Gone Girl 88%

9

Birdman 94%

10

St. Vincent 75%

 

August 29-31, 2014

  Movie Rotten Tomatoes Score

1

Guardians of the Galaxy 90%

2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 22%

3

If I Stay 36%

4

As Above/So Below 27%

5

Let’s Be Cops 18%

6

The November Man 34%

7

When the Game Stands Tall 18%

8

The Giver 36%

9

The Hundred-Foot Journey 67%

10

The Expendables 3 33%

 

As you can see, the last weekend of August has the complete opposite “fresh” movies compared to “rotten” than this past weekend does. So it looks like the theory is true (it has to be right? i mean did do soooo much research). I will say that I actually liked a few of those badly received movies you see above but we don’t need to get into that right now. Comment below if you agree/disagree with the score for a particular movie above or if you just don’t believe the time of year a movie is released doesn’t factor in its “supposed” quality.

 

(Photo Credit: Christopher Polk – Getty Images; The Deadline Team – http://deadline.com/2013/09/rotten-tomatoes-expands-into-tv-reviews-588263/)

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