Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

[Movie] Attendance Crumbles in 2010
Box Office Mojo ^ | 1/11/2011 | Brandon Gray

Posted on 01/15/2011 5:43:50 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta

2010 closed as the second highest-grossing year of all time, but it still couldn't shake an air of disappointment. Not only did 2010 end with a whimper, estimated ATTENDANCE was the LOWEST in 15 years.

The box office tally for 2010 was $10.57 billion, or around $30 million shy of 2009. That translated to an estimated attendance of 1.27 billion, which was off eight percent from 2010.

1995 was the last year to have sub-1.3 billion attendance. Since the modern attendance peak in 2002 (1.58 billion), attendance has been trending downward, but 2010 marked the second severe drop-off, following 2005.

Hollywood often failed to offer an appealing slate of movies, and there were fewer movies made available than before. In 2010, 141 movies reached nationwide release (600 locations or more), down from 158 in 2009 and the smallest number since 2001.

The top-grossing movie of 2010 was a holdover from 2009: Avatar, which made $476.9 million of its $760.5 million lifetime total in 2010.

Toy Story 3 was the second-biggest movie in 2010, drawing $415 million. Alice in Wonderland ($334.2 million), Iron Man 2 ($312.4 million) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($300.5 million) rounded out the Top Five.

Animation business was up 16 percent over 2009 to $1.49 billion, while movies presented in the 3D illusion surged to $3.27 billion (an estimated $2.1 billion of which from 3D alone).

All of the major animated titles of 2010 were shown in 3D, and the industry shoved 3D down people's throats in the wake of Avatar's success, adding enough screens to the point in December when several movies had simultaneous nationwide 3D runs.

All those 3D movies contributed to the gross, but they boiled down to more money from fewer people.

(Excerpt) Read more at boxofficemojo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cinema; film; movies
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-270 next last
I didn't see any of the movies mentioned in this article, but I did see 'Secretariat' and highly recommend it.
1 posted on 01/15/2011 5:43:53 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

2 posted on 01/15/2011 5:49:10 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

I saw all five. Toy Story 3 was good.


3 posted on 01/15/2011 5:49:49 AM PST by conejo99
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

Haven’t been to a theater to see a movie since Dances With Wolves in 1990. There’s nothing I want to pay that kind of money for to see. And my DVD rentals are less than 5/yr. So, there’s really nothing out there for me (my wife agrees...).

I suspect two things are happening; adults are getting tired of animation and want real stories, and 3D just isn’t doing it. It may be fun to see in a theater, but can’t be repeated at home without a major expenditure. So, the mass interest isn’t there.


4 posted on 01/15/2011 5:52:32 AM PST by bcsco
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

I don’t think they understand. Just as big a problem with the dreck that is put out is the sheer displeasure of paying big bucks to put up with impolite people.

Aka that recent article about the Marine in FL who got jumped for telling some brat to shut up.


5 posted on 01/15/2011 5:53:54 AM PST by doodad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: conejo99

I took my mother to the movies a few weeks ago, and she wanted to see ‘The Tourist.’ It was boring, and Angelina looks shockingly anorexic.


6 posted on 01/15/2011 5:53:57 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

I haven’t been to a movie in 20 years. Screw ‘em.


7 posted on 01/15/2011 5:56:21 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: doodad

Agreed. Terrible movies that aren’t worth my time or money to go see. AND rude, rude, rude people in the audience who talk, text and phone all during the movie.


8 posted on 01/15/2011 5:59:45 AM PST by iceskater (11/2/10 - the beginning of the beginning of restoration.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
My local theater has $5 matinee on weekend mornings, and that's when I bring the family when there's a movie the kids really want to see. 3-D means a $4 surcharge, which means I'm less likely to want to go.

The point of 3-D is to (1) be able to charge more money, (2) make people have to go to the theater to get the effect rather than wait for the DVD, and (3) make it harder to pirate movies by simply bringing in a video recorder to the theater.

Hollywood is still putting out crap, though.

9 posted on 01/15/2011 6:00:32 AM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

It was kind of a crappy year for good movies. My girlfriend and I usually go quite often, almost every weekend in the summer, but this past year we went the least in the ten years we’ve been together.

Iron Man 2 was the only one we saw from the top five.

Hollywood, here’s a hint: make better movies.


10 posted on 01/15/2011 6:01:05 AM PST by AnglePark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bcsco

We go to the ROXY THEATER to see movies for $3. It was built in the 1920's and shows movies after they leave the multiplex theaters. He can only show 1 movie at a time and caters to families. We just saw 'Secretariat' there.

It's fun going there. The owner wears a tuxedo and plays nice music from the 40's & 50's before the show starts. No commercials or previews.

11 posted on 01/15/2011 6:01:56 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: bcsco

“I suspect two things are happening; adults are getting tired of animation and want real stories”...

It’s not about what adults want, it’s all about the children and impressionable young “adults”.


12 posted on 01/15/2011 6:02:27 AM PST by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: DollyCali

Ping


13 posted on 01/15/2011 6:03:52 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

I only saw ‘Iron Man 2’... and didn’t think it was all that good.


14 posted on 01/15/2011 6:04:15 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

I saw The Tourist too. It was an ok movie. Fairly formulaic. I agree with you Angelina looks terribly anorexic. I couldn’t decide if she was trying to channel Audry Hepburn or Sophia Loren, in appearance at least.


15 posted on 01/15/2011 6:04:48 AM PST by iceskater (11/2/10 - the beginning of the beginning of restoration.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
At $10+ per ticket, no thanks.

Better to wait a few months and rent for $1 at a Redbox.

16 posted on 01/15/2011 6:04:57 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

BIG RED!


17 posted on 01/15/2011 6:07:28 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
It's no secret that the insertion of liberal political statements are partly responsible for the self-distruction of the movie industry....

The incessant insulting of conservatives has taken it's toll. We are more than 50% of their audience...fools!

18 posted on 01/15/2011 6:07:41 AM PST by cbkaty (Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy---W Churchill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iceskater
I agree with you Angelina looks terribly anorexic. I couldn’t decide if she was trying to channel Audry Hepburn.

She reminded me of Audrey Hepburn, who was also very thin. Even the classic clothing she wore in the movie could have been worn by Hepburn.

19 posted on 01/15/2011 6:08:27 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
Do not see "Green Hornet" under any circumstances.

If someone offers you money to watch it, turn them down.

If at some time in the future, you go over to a friends house and see it playing on TV, leave the house immediately, and consider dropping them as a friend.

20 posted on 01/15/2011 6:11:12 AM PST by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope for survival.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 04-Bravo; 1cewolf; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


21 posted on 01/15/2011 6:11:59 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: conejo99; All

Did anyone see “The King’s Speech?”


22 posted on 01/15/2011 6:12:23 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: NurdlyPeon
Do not see "Green Hornet" under any circumstances.

Why?

23 posted on 01/15/2011 6:13:25 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
Hollywood often failed to offer an appealing slate of movies, and there were fewer movies made available than before.

Neither of those is the big factor, IMO. My wife and I used to go to a lot of movies. Now that they cost ~$10 a head (even without 3-D), we just don't. I can buy the DVD for less than that. We haven't been to the theater in probably over two years.

24 posted on 01/15/2011 6:17:04 AM PST by Sloth (If a tax cut constitutes "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should count as a "desposit.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
I used to work for a theater like that... we were showing second-run films from Hollywood and first-run films from Bollywood. I worked box office part time for nine years and had a blast. Unfortunately, the manager died, and the owners were so heart-broken they sold the place, which subsequently went under.

I like the tux idea.

I hate most of the junk Hollywood puts out. The last movie we saw in a theater was “R.E.D.”, and that was so we could see Dame Helen Mirren with a .50 cal machine gun. If we want to see movies, we'll go to the library.

25 posted on 01/15/2011 6:17:14 AM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: abb

Hollyweird is crumbling some more because movie attendance is dropping like a rock down a deep hole ping.

26 posted on 01/15/2011 6:17:14 AM PST by Zakeet (Always trust in the five G's: God, Gold, Guns, Grub, and the Government screwing up)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
Really, really bad. The acting, the plot, the premise, the music, the casting, everything. Worst movie I have seen in a long time.
27 posted on 01/15/2011 6:17:39 AM PST by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope for survival.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

I think movie theater owners are in for more tough going. With rentals/dvds coming out just a couple of months after the movie is in the theaters, lots of people just wait until then to see new movies.

So, what can movie theaters do? Their draw has to be the ‘movie theater experience.’ And unfortunately, they’re screwed there too. Obnoxious people in the audience just ruin ‘the experience’. 3-D is an attempt to enhance ‘the experience’. But to pay extra for the 3-D and still deal with rude/inconsiderate audience still doesn’t solve the problem. And is 3-D here to stay? There’s no ‘after market’ yet so how long will it last?

Ridiculously high concession prices doesn’t help matters either - although I understand that’s where they make their money. It’s another negative to overcome. So a family of four to go to the movies and get popcorn etc. is going to shell out close to $100 for entertainment.

And the movies themselves are awful. Loud. Vulgar language. Lousy writing. Terrible plot. Horrible theme. Usually negative attitude toward traditional values. Usually negative attitude towards our country.
It’s gotten so bad that I always notice if the F-bomb isn’t strewn throughout the dialog.

Staying home becomes more appealing every day.
I think there is going to be major ‘consolidation’ in the movie theater industry in the next few years.


28 posted on 01/15/2011 6:18:31 AM PST by iceskater (11/2/10 - the beginning of the beginning of restoration.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

God awful movie. Oh, and by the way, white men are stupid.

180 degrees away from my childhood hero.


29 posted on 01/15/2011 6:19:17 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

The King’s Speech-Best movie of the year. Also,we liked
Toy Story3,The Fighter,The Social Network and True Grit.


30 posted on 01/15/2011 6:19:24 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: bcsco
"So, the mass interest isn’t there."


Good artists like good politicians should be representative or at least able to communicate with the majority of their audience/constituency. The major motion picture studios not only don’t represent the larger demographic block of this country they despise us. Like our government, they have for the most part, lost touch with the very people they wish to serve.
31 posted on 01/15/2011 6:19:50 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Tagline hijacked)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
We went one time in 2010 and we both picked up a stomach virus from the nasty theater seats. Mr Ditter ended up in the hospital for almost a week. We have been once already this year, saw True Grit. eh?......... couldn't hear or understand the stilted speech they used.... ok.... not great..... fair. Hollyweird is going to have to make it without us.
32 posted on 01/15/2011 6:22:39 AM PST by Ditter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
I recently made the mistake of renting “Eat Pray Love” starring Julia Roberts.

I was completely distracted from what little plot there was by JR’s non “Pretty Woman” status. The lady is just plain homely.

No amount of million dollar holly wood makeup or collagen lip pumps can hide the fact.

The upper lip collagen injection for the pouty look appears more like she took a left hook.

33 posted on 01/15/2011 6:22:56 AM PST by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

FWIW, I seldom go to the movies, not so much for the content, but because of the experience.

Unruly, untended little kids

Talkative ‘adults’

Flicker and glow of smart phones

Audience members who insist on participating in the dialog

NET: behaviour by others in the theatre that I did NOT pay to have to tolerate.

Our home theatre investment of 13 years ago has long paid for itself. (even with having to buy new bulbs, and one new amp)


34 posted on 01/15/2011 6:23:05 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GAB-1955
The last movie we saw in a theater was “R.E.D.”, and that was so we could see Dame Helen Mirren with a .50 cal machine gun.

We saw that movie RED at the ROXY a few weeks ago! It was a fun movie.

The owner of the Roxy just had the wood floors redone and bought new seats with cupholders. We're going there next week to see Denzel Washington & Chris Pine in "UNSTOPPABLE."

I don't know if it's good, but we like going to the Roxy and supporting it.

35 posted on 01/15/2011 6:23:41 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
[Movie] Attendance Crumbles in 2010

Gee whiz. I wonder why? It couldn't be because 90% of what Hollyweird pushes now is anti-American, pc, homo infested leftist tripe filth. Now could it?

A couple nights ago I watched a movie made in 2010, it was called, 'Meet The 300'. It was supposed to be a parody of the '300'. Well, it was the most UN-FUNNY (cough) 'parody' I've ever seen.

In short it portrayed the Spartans as a bunch of limp wristed Homos. Every couple minutes there was some Homo reference. And instead of walking they 'pranced' like girly-men wherever they went. But it also portrayed the adult Spartan men as a bunch of 'Butch' child abusers who beat-up their sons for the pure joy of it.

That 'movie' was plain SICK.

Yes, Spartan life was tough and cruel. They were a Warrior Culture trained to Kill.
But back in 480 BC life for anyone wasn't exactly a bowl of cherries.

36 posted on 01/15/2011 6:23:41 AM PST by Condor51 (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NurdlyPeon

Thanks for the heads-up...


37 posted on 01/15/2011 6:25:28 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Blueflag

Sci Fi had Green Hornet episodes on the other day. I Tivo’d a few to watch during down time.

Good stuff!


38 posted on 01/15/2011 6:27:15 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Ursus
The King’s Speech-Best movie of the year.

We're going to see it today. Too bad it's rated R. Grade school kids could learn about history.

39 posted on 01/15/2011 6:27:42 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Condor51

I read the book and enjoyed it for the travel aspect. It was hard to get past her narcissism but I did enough to enjoy the book. The movie was a whole different story. I could not get past how fat Julia Roberts was and WHY they felt the need cast her in the role especially at her cost. I pictured Ann Heche in that role. I have no love for her either but it was how I pictured the main character.


40 posted on 01/15/2011 6:28:57 AM PST by riri
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Condor51
A couple nights ago I watched a movie made in 2010, it was called, 'Meet The 300'. It was supposed to be a parody of the '300'. Well, it was the most UN-FUNNY (cough) 'parody' I've ever seen. In short it portrayed the Spartans as a bunch of limp wristed Homos.

Glad I didn't see that one.

41 posted on 01/15/2011 6:29:14 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: DTogo

$10 per ticket? I thought that was for the popcorn.


42 posted on 01/15/2011 6:32:23 AM PST by JPG (YES SHE CAN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: GAB-1955

We're seeing The King's Speech at this theater today.

43 posted on 01/15/2011 6:33:55 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

The only reason is that the all-purpose anglo-saxon verb
is used.Shame,this is real movie making.You should google
Lionel Logue after the show.I believe his grandson is co-writer of the screenplay?


44 posted on 01/15/2011 6:35:28 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta
GO SEE IT!.....I debated & debated if the language would be too much....

Trust me, it's not.....it's played for a comic effect....and most all the words are jumbled together.....

...the King & his teacher are very aware of proper decorum....

....truly it's esentially one small segment with the 'words'...

I especially don't want to listen to the Lord's name in vain...(the F bomb doesn't affect me near as much as the other!)

...I only remember one... quick, almost whispered ......

The movie builds very slowly.....giving time to each character....

45 posted on 01/15/2011 6:36:27 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: iceskater
Ridiculously high concession prices doesn’t help matters either - although I understand that’s where they make their money. It’s another negative to overcome. So a family of four to go to the movies and get popcorn etc. is going to shell out close to $100 for entertainment.

And the movies themselves are awful. Loud. Vulgar language. Lousy writing. Terrible plot. Horrible theme. Usually negative attitude toward traditional values. Usually negative attitude towards our country.

It’s gotten so bad that I always notice if the F-bomb isn’t strewn throughout the dialog.

I try to always avoid R rated movies because of the constant F bomb, but I'm making an exception to see The King's Speech.

46 posted on 01/15/2011 6:36:32 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

I wanted to see it but I got called into to work over my holiday vacation and did not have time.

I do have the soundtrack.


47 posted on 01/15/2011 6:36:32 AM PST by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Guenevere

Thanks!


48 posted on 01/15/2011 6:37:12 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: bcsco
As a new, but hardly young, filmmaker ("Rockin' the Wall"), I can tell you that you're right as far as you go, but there are many other factors at play.

First, the incredible cheapness of acquiring movies (Netflix, DirectTV) at home soon after they are release dramatically (no pun intended) diminishes the value of seeing anything in a theater. I just saw "True Grit," and I think it was the first movie I saw in a theater in over a year. I loved it, wanted to see it early, but I could have waited. Nothing in the "theater" experience that made it any better.

Second, the utter rudeness of audiences, whether cell phones or running commentaries or misbehaving kids, is driving people out who LOVE movies and really want the full experience.

Third, the incredible falling costs of making a movie, due to digital technology, mean that studios have to have a home run every time, and therefore could NEVER make a "Breakfast Club" or a "Slumdog Millionaire." It's not surprising that aside from a few predictable special effects hits---Transformers 1-10 or Iron Man---or movies that have, from books, massive built-in audiences ("Harry Potter," "Lord of the Rings," "Twilight")---studios don't want to front for anything except sure winners. "300" was a freak, made for something like $10m with NO A-list actors, yet it grossed over $180m domestic.

Finally, the piracy issue is huge. My son has seen movies that are just out in theaters on his home computer. Someone will slip a videocam in, and the next day it's on the internet, free.

So as one who is just now trying to break in, it's a challenge, but not an impossible one.

49 posted on 01/15/2011 6:37:50 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg
I wanted to see it but I got called into to work over my holiday vacation and did not have time. I do have the soundtrack.

Are you talking about Secretariat? The audience applauded at the end.

50 posted on 01/15/2011 6:38:31 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-270 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson