Plummet 2019: Americans staying away from movie theaters in droves

Plummet 2019: Americans staying away from movie theaters in droves
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[Ed.- This seems to be across genres.  Some of it is probably due to things like soaring ticket prices and the fact that a lot of folks are employed again, and have less time for visiting the theaters.  But some of it really is that Hollywood has gotten mostly out of the business of simply offering good stories, well presented, that don’t depend on either needing to check off your viewing of a mega-franchise sequel, or needing to take the munchkins to the next installment of the toy-etic Kid-topia fantasy series.]

Hollywood is closing out 2019 on a sour note thanks to a new report showing that North American ticket sales fell an estimated 3.6 percent in 2019 compared to last year, the largest percentage drop in five years.

Audiences shunned the multiplexes despite Hollywood’s continued obsession with superhero blockbusters and digitally animated family movies, both of which are designed to rake in cash domestically and abroad.

For the year, Comscore is projecting that box office revenue in North America will reach $11.45 billion, a drop of 3.6 percent from 2018’s record haul of $11.89 billion, according to multiple published reports.

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That represents the steepest drop since 2014, when box office revenue fell a little more than 5 percent compared to 2013.

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