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Another Silly Stat From The Ticket Salesmen

Fandango – “WOLVERINE opens tomorrow night at midnight, and it appears that Hugh Jackman

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5 Responses to “Another Silly Stat From The Ticket Salesmen”

  1. IOIOIOI says:

    David; box-office reporting is becoming more and more like sports. Silly stats are common in sports reporting. So this little newsbyte is nothing more than a silly stat, that they are putting out there.
    Does it make for solid journalism? Nah; but you are increasingly leaving the field of journalism. All of you — the lot of you — entertainment reporters and website denizens are slowly turning into something else. Whatever that transformation turns out to be is still up for grabs. What it all means right now: don’t panic.

  2. martin says:

    I disagree IO. Most of what passes for box office journalism has a basis in real numbers, whereas this survey is 100% bullshit. There’s a difference between total bullshit and partial bullshit, and most of us can appreciate that difference enough to take that kernal of truth in the partial bullshit whilst readily ignoring what is clearly total bullshit.

  3. Wrecktum says:

    This is like that crazy Washington Times story that stated polls show President Obama is the 2nd least popular president of the past 40 years.
    Spin, spin, spin those numbers!

  4. Blackcloud says:

    So does that mean the “journalists” are the old school, traditionalist types who still rely on instincts and intuition, while the web people are the new school Moneyball/sabermetrics types who are all about numbers?

  5. jeffmcm says:

    Is this ‘news’ in the sense of being circulated and distributed? Or is it just a corporate press release?

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