The film [Fifty Shades of Grey](movie:391697) is not designed to win Best Picture at the Oscars. And everybody involved with the movie probably knows that. However, it is difficult to argue that it's not going to be a box office hit and you can tell by the fact that it's already doing extremely well with preorders.
So, naturally, it was worth taking a deep dive in the data to go right on ahead and see the list of which American states are ordering the most tickets in advance compared to what was expected. The list, brought to you by Fandango, may surprise you:
- 1. Mississippi (3.9 times what was expected)
- 2. Arkansas (2.8 times)
- 3. West Virginia (2.7 times)
- 4. Kentucky, 5. Alabama, 6. Louisiana, 7. North Dakota, 8. South Carolina, 9. Iowa, 10. Tennessee in that order
This sums up how I feel about this, South. You guys...
Especially you, Mississippi. Also, North Dakota and Iowa, I know you guys aren't in the South (Iowa kind of is?), but I still think you guys need to chill too.
Who are all these people??
For some reason, this is how I picture a Southern theater, mostly thanks to Honey Boo Boo and the ridiculous channel TLC (which is a great channel, let's be real):
But maybe I'm way off base with that gif. I have family in the South so I know these stereotypes are unfair, but the legend that is Honey Boo Boo is still amazing and top of mind when I think about the South. And yes, I know she's actually from Georgia which managed to stay out of the top 10.
I have to be fair
It's kind of like how people on the coasts can sometimes get stereotyped. Like, being from LA, people assume we're all exactly like this dude:
And everyone in New York City is a d-bag Wall Street banker like Gordon Gekko:
And it's funny because, yeah, some of us are but most aren't at all. I think there's a slight chance that the more conservative South has more fans that want to try something a little frisky on Valentine's Day. And what's wrong with that? Can't really blame them.
I think it's more important to examine what kind of phenomenon we have on our hands here.
Why all the love?
I feel like I'll see this for work (yeah right, for work) but I think most people are genuinely interested to see what it's going to be like.
This may be a weird comparison, but I kind of equate it to "Gangnam Style" by Psy. Do I like it? Yes of course. Can I explain why? No. And it seems like everybody is in that same boat with me. THAT is how I will feel about Fifty Shades, I think. I doubt it'll be easy to look away and I'm sure it'll be entertaining - and that's all that matters, right?
And who knows, maybe it'll get some love? South, I think you're onto something. The buzz is growing FAST about this movie and for good reason. I really think it's going to be big.
Is the South right? Will this be a hit?