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Summer movie tickets decline by 100 million since last decade

Summer box office numbers are down over the last decade
Summer box office numbers are down over the last decade
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Maybe people are just staying in more, but something is to blame for the downward trend in movie attendance over the past ten years.

It could be the rise in technology that allows audiences to watch brand new movies from the comfort of their own homes, or it may be the fact that ticket prices continue to increase and place undue strain on the pocket book. But it’s also attributable in part to the fact that there were only a few true blockbusters this summer, and a vast majority of duds.

With the studio’s financial base underperforming, as well as an increased focus from domestic to foreign markets, what does this mean for the future of the film industry? Will studios double down on the big budget, 3-D releases? Or will they try to move back to the days of making more films that appeal to everyone? Or do ticket prices just need to decrease period? Why have you been staying away from the movie theaters so far this year? Or have you been a dutiful moviegoer throughout this summer months? After all, they do have air conditioning.


Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and the L.A. Times Community Papers chain

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and