Monday Movie Memo: Why Aren't We Going To The Movies?

By Sean O'Connell 2014-08-11 11:12:38discussion comments
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Movies are opening to big weekend numbers. Almost every major blockbuster – from Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to last weekend’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- posted satisfying opening-weekend numbers. But then these films have a hard time getting to the rarified air of $250 million or $300 million after red-hot starts. In fact, there haven't been ANY movies earning $300M this season -- or even this year.

Why?



We don't have the answer. But we'd love to hear your opinions. Why are box office numbers down this season? And which films will bring them back up?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues to be the highest-grossing film of the year, but it didn't open in the summer frame, and barely managed to cross $250 million at the domestic box. Michael Bay's Transformers opened to $100M (teh only film to do so this year), but it largely stalled out domestically, and could not get above $250M.

Are you staying away from theaters this season? Are there better options at home? Or outside?

We’d like to hear your thoughts. The dip in annual box office is down. What is the cause? Weigh in below.
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