Nobody saw it

One institution apparently not doing so well these days is the American motion-picture theater, with the butts/seats ratio in decline:

The next time you’re at the movies, look around — does there seem to be more empty seats than they’re [sic] used to be? Your eyes aren’t lying, as we just left one of the worst years for movie theater attendance since 1995. That is the year of Waterworld and Showgirls, so you know it’s bad.

Bad films, yes; bad box-office performers, only moderately so. Showgirls made back $37 million of its $45-million budget; Waterworld, which cost about $175 million, earned $88 million in the States, but twice as much overseas, enough to balance the books.

You want a box-office bomb? Try Cutthroat Island, with Matthew Modine as the dull-witted cabin boy to pirate captain Geena Davis. It cost just under $100 million to make, and has yet to clear $20 million in revenue.

North America had its lowest number of folks heading to the movies in two decades in 2014, reports the Hollywood Reporter, citing about 1.2 billion consumers who purchased movie tickets between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.

I contributed, I suppose, to that dismal performance, having attended exactly one film last year; everything else I saw was either DVD or over the Net.


  1. LeeAnn »

    4 January 2015 · 2:42 pm

    Every movie I’ve seen in the past two years has been online or on DVD. I’m not entirely sure, given my predisposition to suffer fools ungladly, that it would be a good thing for me to brave the movie theaters in the state their usual patronage is these days.

  2. Roy »

    5 January 2015 · 8:54 am

    For the cost of a movie ticket plus a drink and a snack – even at matinee prices – I can wait and buy the blue-ray disk. Then, I can watch it in the comfort of my own living room on an HD big screen TV. I can pause the movie and take a potty break whenever I need to, and most importantly, I don’t have to put up with the antics of the movie-going public.

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