Check with your library. My university library has digital access to Weekly Variety from the 40s on through ProQuest. It's slow and a bit clumsy but workable.
>From: Joe Medjuck <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Dec 12, 2013 10:50 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [SCREEN-L] accessing variety archives
>The Website Box Office Mojo will give it to you from 1982 till now.
>On Dec 9, 2013, at 2:20 PM, Paloma Gil <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I am a graduate student from Paris, writing a thesis on the distribution of
>> concert films in the US. I am seeking advice on completing my data set.
>> I'm finding that the majority of the figures I need (however unreliable)
>> can be found in the archives of Variety Weekly. I just returned from a few
>> weeks in New York, consulting the microfilm archives at the New York Public
>> Library, but had to return to Paris before I could complete my data
>> As a graduate student, I do not have the resources to pay the $600
>> subscription fee the Variety requires for access to its archives (on
>> varietyultimate.com). I have written to Variety to consider limited access
>> either *pro bono* or at a reduced rate and I am waiting to hear back.
>> In the meantime, I was wondering if anyone knew of any other ways to
>> procure the data set. Specifically, I need to consult many Weekly Variety
>> editions for their chart of the Top Fifty Grossing Films of the Week (from
>> 1960 to the 1990's). I haven't been able to find these charts collated into
>> a single volume and wanted to see anyone knew if such a collection existed.
>> Thank you,
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