Skip to main content

Film Studies Research Guide: Movie Business & Studios

A guide to conducting research in Film Studies at Yale University, including key resources and crucial search strategies.

Movie Business and Studios

What's Here

Here you can get to information on the film industry and studios. To find materials in the Yale Library, try the following types of searches in Orbis.


Publications about a particular studio (person, company): Subject = warner bros pictures

Publications -- including movies -- by a particular studio (person, company): Author = miramax

Examples of Subject Headings for Searching Orbis

Selected Information Sources

NOTE: This page only lists resources on the film industry in the US. For information on the film industry internationally, see the International Cinema page. Many of those resources also contain information on the US.


Box Office Mojo

Film daily: the daily newspaper of motion pictures

This newspaper began under the title Wid's Daily (1918-1921), and also published the Film daily year book of motion pictures (1918-1969).  We have most of the runs, but there are some gaps.

Online entertainment source for the Hollywood movie industry. Includes news, movies, showtimes, celebrities, video/DVD, TV, Broadway, and indie films.

The Hollywood Reporter

The Numbers: Box Office Data

Tracks box office numbers of current movie releases. Also has a chart and movie archive.

The new historical dictionary of the American film industry. Anthony Slide. Lanham, MD; London: Scarecrow Press, 1998.

Teaching Film - Film Stars and Their Salaries Over the Years

The money actors have earned, from Mary Pickford to Robert Pattinson

World Wide Box Office

Data in US dollars on gross box office receipts. Can limit by date of release, so you can search for the total movie theater receipts to date for a movie released in (say) 1952.


Director, Film Study Center