a compelling interactive data visualization of the box office receipts between 1986 & 2007. each shape corresponds to a single film. the height shows the weekly box office revenue, the width its longevity. color further highlights the success of a movie.
the specific visualization method is known as a ThemeRiver, originally published in 1999 here (PDF). see also music listening history graph, email mountain & history flow.
[link: nytimes.com|via flowingdata.com & boingboing.net|thnkx Wouter & everyone else who sent it in]