Assignment #6: Clayton Dyer

Below is the sample chart I created in JSFiddle. This chart is a simple comparison between Philadelphia and Syracuse when it comes to average rainfall per month.

 

The chart below compares the domestic revenue of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Several things stand out upon first glance of this chart. First, the gap in revenue for the respective films in the first weekend the movies were in theaters is rather large (roughly $140 million). This could be attributed to several factors, most prominently of which is the anticipation and reception the movies received. Episode III, the final film in the much maligned prequel trilogy, was the highest rated film in the series. However, the prequel trilogies as a whole were widely lampooned by critics and fans across the globe. Episode VII, on the other hand, was highly anticipated, and carried with it the expectation that the movie would bring the Star Wars franchise back to its roots.

Another major factor contributed to the large gap in initial revenue in my mind. Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars name in 2012 provided the franchise with significantly more opportunities for advertising before the release, sending the world into a Star Wars frenzy in the weeks leading up to the release of the Force Awakens. Episode VII premiered in many more screens as well with the Disney Corporation behind it, and was also released in IMAX and RPX formats, leading to an increase in revenue.

Both films followed a similar trajectory over time, decreasing in revenue steadily by roughly 30% per weekend. The Force Awakens took in more revenue per weekend, a combination of the film receiving much more praise than Episode III coupled with inflation.