Box Office Mojo Returns After A Brief Unexplained Disappearance

Todd Rigney

Box Office Mojo, the website where movie obsessives go to pour over box office returns, returned to the internet as mysteriously as it vanished. As of this writing, the site hasn't given an explanation for its brief, albeit alarming, disappearance.

For those of you who missed the news, Box Office Mojo momentarily blinked out of existence on Friday. Instead of giving folks an abundance of industry-related data, the site simply redirected users to Internet Movie Database. Not surprisingly, this led some to believe that IMDb had decided to shutter the site it purchased back in 2008.

Disgruntled Box Office Mojo fans began dispensing an array of conspiracy theories and unfounded accusations on social media as they choked back tears of rage and bitter disappointment. Thankfully, it would appear that the site is officially back in working order.

As you can tell, people were quite irritated about the situation.

— Ryan Adams (@filmystic) October 11, 2014

— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) October 11, 2014

Variety offers up a bit of history regarding the site.

"The free Box Office Mojo site has been widely used by the movie industry for up-to-date box office results along with historical data and release dates of upcoming titles. It was founded in 1999 by Brandon Gray and was acquired by Amazon in 2008, when it was operated in a Los Angeles office by Gray and Sean Saulsbury."

Not surprisingly, quite a few people are thrilled about Box Office Mojo's return.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 12, 2014

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