HolyCoast: The Movies Have Lost Their Magic

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Movies Have Lost Their Magic

The box office numbers are accurately representing the quality of the crap Hollywood is dishing out these days:
Hollywood's holidays are off to a dreadful start: Fewer people went to the movies the last two weekends than during the box-office hush that followed the Sept. 11 attacks 10 years ago.

Domestic revenues tumbled to a 2011 low of about $77 million this weekend, when the star-filled, holiday-themed romance "New Year's Eve" debuted at No. 1 with a weak $13.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It's the worst weekend in more than three years, since the weekend after Labor Day in 2008, when revenues amounted to $67.6 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com. And it comes after an $81 million total a week earlier that had been this year's previous low.

"It's unbelievable how bad it is," said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
I've had two movie tickets in my wallet for three or four weeks and we can't find anything we want to go see. The current crop of movies is really, really bad.


Larry said...

I'm not sure about elsewhere but at the theater I used to go to, they would show commercials (not trailers) before the start time, and then when the movie is supposed to start they darken the theater and show more commercials with a couple trailers thrown in. The movie actually begins about 10-15 minutes after it was supposed to start.

Laura said...

I thoroughly enjoyed Arthur Christmas and recommend it. A wonderfully fresh animated take on the Santa story which is both clean and funny, the kind of film which deserves support. Other than that and the Muppets, you're right, the choices are sure pretty dry out there.

Best wishes,