Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hollywood Blues: 2011 Was the Worst Year at the Box Office Since 1995

In yet another sign that consumers have less money to spend, there was a steep drop in tickets sales for movies this past year, as reported by the Atlantic Wire:
The numbers are in, and they show what studio execs likely feared and movie-goers likely suspected all along: Not a lot of people went to the movies this year. Box-office tracker says that "an estimated 1.275 billion tickets sold" in 2011, a 4.8 percent decrease from 2010 making for "the smallest movie audience since 1995," reports the AP. A hodgepodge of reasons for the sour showing were cited in the AP and ABC News reports. Among them: Too many sequels, too many kids movies, too many distracting gadgets, the bad economy, high ticket prices, and, something being called an "'Avatar' hangover" from 2010.
Conspicuously absent from the list was the fact that most of the movies released in 2011 sucked balls.

Bonus: Cue, Billy Joel


  1. We've spent all day in our pajamas watching a Comcast Marx Brothers marathon--Ducksoup, Horse feathers, Monkey Business, Cocoanuts.

    Up next, Mae West in She Done Him Wrong.

    If the film industry still made entertaining movies like these I might give them some of my money. As it is however I haven't set foot in a movie theatre in probably 15 years.

    Let's face it, their product sucks.


  2. @gardener1 - it's become really bad since the beginning of the economic downturn. The Exiled's movie critic wrote a column a while back about how with the downturn in ticket sales, Hollywood execs are even more afraid to green light anything original or edgy. Of course, that strategy just guarantees long term failure.