2010 Domestic Box Office Visualized in Chart and Video

Exhibitor Relations has reported that the 2010 box office will “be on par with 2009–$10.55 billion vs. $10.58 billion. That’s a moderate drop of just 0.3%, however a decrease in attendance of nearly 5%.”

Our friends at TheFilmStage have directed us to Xach, who has created a cool visualization of this year’s box office in today’s Daily Distraction. Click here to check it out, and mouse-over all films to see their monthly totals. Its particularly interesting to see which films had legs in theaters (i.e. Avatar or Inception) and which movies had huge opening weekends, and short tails (ie Shrek 4).

Also, /Film reader Elvis D pointed me towards yet-another “Best of 2010″ video montage, but this time a two-minute compilation featuring the Top 25 films of the 2010 US Box Office. Hit the jump to watch that video.

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After spending 11 days revisiting Pixar Animation Studios’ eleven feature films, video editor Leandro Copperfield hand-selected 500 scenes and edited together a 7-minute tribute titled “The Beauty of Pixar”. You might remember that we featured Leandro’s Filmmaker Deathmatch series of video montages (Kubrick vs. Scorsese, Tarantino vs. The Coen Brothers) earlier this year on the site. Watch “The Beauty of Pixar” embedded after the jump.
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VOTD: The Santa Clause (Pedophile Version)

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There are a bunch of “Best of 2010″ video montages virally spreading around the web that we have not featured on the site. The videos include: ’2010: The Winners Are’, ’2010: At The Movies’, ’2010: Scenes From a Year In Film’, Matt Zoller Seitz’s ‘Never Let Them Go: 2010 And The Movies’.  I’ve compiled the videos into one post, which you can find after the jump.

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VOTD: Home Alone With Zombies

What if Home Alone was a movie about a boy left home along in a city overrun with zombies? This is exactly what Jeff Schmalz has imagined in this video which mashes the films Home Alone and I am Legend together into one movie.

Macaully Culkin stars in this post-apocalyptic thriller about a young boy all alone at Christmas who is attacked by zombie vampires.

Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.

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Must Watch: Kees van Dijkhuizen’s Cinema 2010

One of the other “best of the year” videos we’ve featured over past years is created by editor Kees van Dijkhuizen (see the videos for 2008 and 2009), who most recently was commissioned by Fox Searchlight to edit a video to celebrate “15 Years of Fox Searchlight”. Gen Ip, editor of 2010′s viral sensation Filmography 2010 has cited Kees as one of her inspirations, stating that Dijkhuizen’s “film compilations have been particularly outstanding.” So now that 2010 is coming to a close, Kees van Dijkhuizen has released Cinema 2010. Here are some words from the editor:

We’ve reached the end of yet another unforgettable year of movies. Not only did this years movies push boundaries even further, they did so with impeccable risks. In a time of recession and playing-it-safe, films like Inception and The Social Network still found a great audience. But smaller films also, like Blue Valentine, Splice, Buried and Breaking Upwards found a loving audience. It’s crazy to think that all these films came out in one year, and so I tried my best do give them each a moment of glory in my latest film retrospective, Cinema 2010.

It’s the follow-up to the successful Cinema 2009, which obtained almost a million views on YouTube. 60,000 film fanatics used it to reflect on their year of film on New Years Eve. It was also screened in front of over 300 directors, producers and distributors in Amsterdam. Cinema 2010 perfects what 2009 accomplished; a personal, stylish and extensive summary of a year in film. Hopefully it will surpass Cinema 2009′s success, but even if it doesn’t, it’s still something to look out for. It premiered during the Houston Film Critics Society’s annual Award Show on December 18th and was available on YouTube December 21st. The broadcast of the award show on national television will feature Cinema 2010 as well.

Kees van Dijkhuizen’s Cinema 2010 is five minutes and a half in length and took over 300 hours to complete. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan isn’t even playing on 100 screens in the United States yet but, based on back to back huge weekends at the box office, it’s safe to say the film is building some serious word of mouth. However, while most of that word of mouth is incredibly positive, there are plenty of people who find many of the film’s more eccentric and out there moments to be comical.

It’s safe to assume that Jeffrey McHale is one of those people. The director/editor has made a very clever trailer mash up using the full audio track from the Black Swan trailer, edited with applicable footage from Paul Verhoeven’s infamous Showgirls. And, to be honest, it works extremely well. It is NSFW however, as Showgirls was an NC-17 movie. Check it out after the break. Read More »

VOTD: The Films of Edgar Wright

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