This weekend’s box office numbers were among the lowest they’ve been in more than a decade.
Paul Dergarabedian compiles box office stats for Hollywood.com. He said it’s typical to have slow ticket sales at the movies following Labor Day weekend, but not this anemic.
“In the summer, we had movies that opened with bigger numbers than that — like single movies that had bigger weekends — than this entire weekend," he said. "There just wasn’t a newcomer. There wasn’t a brand new film that grabbed people to get them out of their post-summer routine, which didn’t involve going to the movies.”
Dergarabedian estimates films grossed about $67 million this weekend, with “The Possession” leading the pack. It brought in $9.5 million.
He said this weekend's low attendance numbers follow one of the slowest summer movie seasons the box office has seen since the '90s.
"We started off strong with 'The Avengers,' 'The Dark Knight' and 'Spider-Man,' but it wasn't enough to give us a revenue record," he said.
Dergarabedian said he thinks a few movies that will be released this holiday season will help give ticket sales a boost, including the new James Bond movie "Skyfall," as well as the last installment of the Twilight series "Breaking Dawn — Part II" and "The Hobbit" from Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings films.
Did you go to the movies this weekend? Why do you think we aren't going to the movies as much as we used to?