At Gower Street, we’ve been working hard over the last few weeks to find the best ways to show the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on release calendars around the world.

We’d like to introduce a new visualization Gower Street has created to help make sense of what has happened to the Domestic release calendar. For best results view this page in a desktop browser such as Google Chrome. You might need to refresh the page to see it.

Hit ‘play’ to begin:

The visualization begins with the calendar as it was at the beginning of January this year, and progressing through all the changes we have seen this year so far.

Each film is a circle, its size showing the relative size of the predicted or actual box office. The colour represents the studio releasing it: circles fade when the film releases.

As the animation progresses, films moving to a future date arc over the top of the timeline. Films moving forward arc under the line. Any film that is removed completely or remains unset simply drops off the calendar.

Moving your mouse over the circles and arcs to get more information on the films and calendar changes.

As you watch you will see the dramatic change flowing from the middle of March as the calendar experiences a mass exodus of titles, leaving a clear period in the schedule.

You can also drag the timeline further into the future to visualize all the release changes and how they stretch into 2021 and beyond.

Do you have any questions about this visualization? Get in touch and let us know!

Perhaps you’re wondering how such radical changes might affect the box office? That’s detailed in our “Road to Recovery” report. You can buy international and domestic versions from our reports page.