"The population is becoming more diverse over time and the question is: What is Hollywood doing relative to that population increasing in diversity?"


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We explored all time domestic box office results and selected 500 highest-grossing movies, with the oldest ones being closest to the center and the most current ones outside the outermost orbit. We chose the first actor/actress listed on IMDb for the movie as the leading one.

Faster-moving dots indicate lower box office and vice versa.

From 1937 to 1949, none of the movies contains female lead or minority lead actor/actress.

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From 1950 to 1959, none of the movies contains female lead or minority lead actor/actress.

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From 1960 to 1969, 1/2 of the movies contain female lead actress. None of the movies contain minority lead actor/actress. Note that only 2 movies are in this bracket after filtering.

From 1970 to 1979, 1/9 of the movies contain female lead actress. None of the movies contain minority lead actor/actress.

From 1980 to 1989, 1/25 of the movies contain female lead actress. 3/25 of the movies contain minority lead actor/actress.

From 1990 to 1999, 6/68 of the movies contain female lead actress. 3/68 of the movies contain minority lead actor/actress.

From 1999 to 2009, 19/170 of the movies contain female lead actress. 14/170 of the movies contain minority lead actor/actress.

From 2009 to 2018, 39/223 of the movies contain female lead actress. 20/223 of the movies contain minority lead actor/actress.

Despite the emergence of film and television series heralded for their diversity, Darnell Hunt, sociologist and co-author of UCLA's 2018 Hollywood Diversity Report, maintains little has changed both in front of and behind the camera.

However, we do notice some trends from our data...

Out of the top 15 movies with the highest box office, only 3 of them contain a female lead - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Beauty and the Beast (2017), and Finding Dory (2016); and only 1 of them contains a minority lead - Black Panther (2018). Note that they're all very recent, and it seems to suggest that people are paying attention to diversity problems in Hollywood.

However, this is not conclusive - one possible explanation is that recent movies tend to have higher box office, and movies in the past might use female/minority lead but they just did not make it to our list. For more comprehensive results, more data and further analysis is needed.