Many people on the autism spectrum seem to really like numbers. This can manifest in knowing the answer to math problems the moment someone calls them out, doing math problems based off the numbers on a license plate, or a myriad of other things. Now, don’t get me wrong, not every autistic or Aspie individual has a thing for numbers, but it does seem to be rather common.
Myself, I am pretty big on numbers. I find myself thinking about numbers a lot. And, I have no control over that. It is not that I love numbers, but for me, they are just a way of life. At a young age, counting came easy to me. I actually could not read until sometime in the third grade. I have a very mathematical mind which is backed-up by personality tests. Ironically, I never got far with math. I learned some Trig and never moved past that, but that is beside the point.
One of my favorite pastimes is studying box office numbers. I have a strong knowledge of the grosses for most films released within the last 10 years. I remember off the top of my head that 300 opened to $70 million and went on to gross $210 million domestically. This was quite impressive for a March opener until three years later when Alice in Wonderland opened to $116 million and made over $330 million and over $1 billion worldwide. That was quite shocking.
Trivial movie numbers aside, I bring this up because it is now the summer season and the box office is starting to get exciting, although not as exciting as last year when the Avengers opened to an unfathomable $207 million opening weekend or seeing a James Bond movie make more than $1.1 billion worldwide. But, so far, we have seen Iron Man 3 make $174 million on opening weekend and worldwide it will gross more than Iron Man 1&2 combined which is beyond amazing. We have also seen Star Trek Into Darkness disappoint with a $84 million four-day start. A lot of people including Paramount Pictures had much higher expectations. But, that happens sometimes with box office. Some movies over perform and some underperform.
This upcoming weekend we have The Hangover Part III, Fast & Furious 6, and the animated film Epic all opening on the same weekend. It seems like it is going to be an epic weekend, pun intended. But, seriously, this Memorial Day weekend stands a strong chance at being the highest grossing weekend on record beating Christmas weekend of 2009 where Avatar was in its second week and Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks did surprisingly well and broke out. However, 2009 and Avatar’s gross is surreal, so we just won’t go there.
With that said, why am I bringing this up? The reason being is that I know many people on the autism spectrum are fascinated by numbers. I suspect there might even be a closet minority (such as myself) who love studying the box office and seeing the numbers come in. This is a weird hobby to have when you think about it. But, then again, a lot of neurotypical people seem to remember sports statistics reasonably well. So, for me, box office, is my version of sports. I root for certain films to break out and hope for the best and cringe when I see films fail or go WTF when a movie like Battleship comes out. And, then, I am not surprised when it fails at the box office. And, speaking of Battleship, what were they thinking giving that a $200 million budget. Some movie executives are just insane and like to waste money, I guess.
Anyway, I am looking forward to this weekend and seeing what this week’s openers make. By any chance, do any of you readers follow box office? Would you like me to write more about it and my thoughts on movies and their budgets and what they end up making? Let me know? Thanks!
And, may everyone have a most awesome day of awesomeness!