movies

Summer Superhero Showdown

I spend a lot of time at the movies. And just as December is always packed with “serious” films vying for Oscar nominations, summer is the time for big special effects filled action movies. This summer’s action roster had even more in common than usual, no less than four separate movies based on well-known comic book super heroes were released: ‘Thor’, ‘X-Men First Class’, ‘Green Lantern’, and ‘Captain America’. As

July Movie Category Shows Strong Online Interest

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – Aug 30, 2011) – Kantar Media Compete today released July data showing growth in its Movie category, which totaled 61.2 million unique visitors (UVs) — an increase of 6.9 percent month-over-month (M-O-M) and 7.8 percent year-over-year (Y-O-Y). With studios counting on summer blockbusters to lure consumers into the theaters, many movie-related sites, including portals, movie sites, studio sites and theater sites, received a boost in July. This corresponds

Is Netflix Penny-wise or Pound Crazy?

Last week Netflix notified me that my current service (one DVD and unlimited streaming) would go from about $10 to $16 (8 bucks for streaming and 8 bucks for DVD’s).  That’s a 60% percent increase with absolutely no added value for the money.  At first, I found this shocking and was outraged at having to buy Netflix a large latte (and a low fat muffin) every month for nothing in

Summer Cinema Smash or Site Traffic Stinker?

36 years ago, Stephen Spielberg released Jaws during a traditionally quiet time of the year for the box office. It took in seven million dollars that opening weekend, and became the highest grossing film of all time until Star Wars debuted two years later. What followed was a new era of Hollywood, a period in which the summer quarter would account for 40 percent of the entire year’s box office

What To Buy…Where To Buy?

I was just looking at some data from our Compete Shopper Intelligence Survey that asked people what they intended to purchase online in the next six months. People are planning on buying a lot of music, movies, and books. Take a look: After looking at the results, I started thinking about the headlines in the Wall Street Journal during the last couple weeks – news of Borders filing for Chapter