According to the Hollywood Reporter, this year’s box office attendance was the worst since 1995. This is a 16 year low, partially soothed by higher ticket prices (3D and IMAX) showings and a big increase in worldwide attendance.
Hollywood is feeling the competition domestically from all the choices available to audiences and the lack of new, original movies that find large audiences. The steady stream of sequels, remakes and pre-quels of existing stories may have hit the proverbial wall, finally.
We end the year with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in first place again and reaching $200 million domestically. In the fourth version, they got it right but we had to sit through two dreary sequels and a ton of Tom Cruise ho-hum movies and off-screen antics to get here.