Do better movies make the most money?

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Do the "Best" movies make the most money?  How could you measure the "best" movie?

What information would you need to make this judgement?

Ten movies are nominated each year to receive an Oscar for the Best Picture. On February 26, 2017, this year's Academy Award winners will be announced.  This activity is always timely but should be very exciting during the movie award season in February.

Teachers, when you implement this activity be sure to only give out the first page (or project it) at the beginning.  Pages 2-4 will give away the answers to page one.  Allow kids time to consider and discuss the questions on page one before jumping into the rest of the activity.  This will allow them to make predictions and consider what information is important.

Note: This is an update of our 2011 post which compared number of academy award votes to box office gross. We've switched it over to comparing with the Rotten Tomato score for this update after reading Ian Byrd's awesome Byrdseed Gifted Blog where he shared a similar activity idea, but using the Rotten Tomato score.  Check out his blog and the many terrific math extension ideas.

CCSS: 7.SP.1, 8.SP.1, 8.SP.2, S-ID.5, S-ID.6, S-IC.1

The activity: DoBetterMoviesMakeMoreMoney.pdf

For members we have an editable Word docx, our Excel data, and solutions.

    DoBetterMoviesMakeMoreMoney.docx        BetterMoviesMakeMost-solution.pdf

DoBetterMoviesMakeMoreMoney?.xlsx

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