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    AP: This summer not so bad

    I put this up only to mannoy David:

    NEW YORK (AP) — Have you noticed something oddly tranquil about this summer movie season? For the first time in recent memory, there hasn’t been one major bomb.


    Usually by now, there would be blockbuster-sized craters left on the charred summer-movie battlefield, the inevitable toll of Hollywood’s most high-stakes season. But this year, summer-movie bomb-watching, long one of the most dependable spectator sports of the season, has gone entirely without the sight of a “Lone Ranger”-sized mushroom cloud.


    After the cataclysmic, the-sky-is-falling summer of 2017, when overall grosses slid 14.6 percent from the year before, Hollywood has rebounded. Ticket sales in North America this summer are up 11.3 percent, according to comScore. The comeback is even more pronounced when you factor in that the annual Marvel movie kickoff to summer slid just ahead of the official first weekend of May start, shifting the $678.5 million domestic for Disney’s “Avenger: Infinity War” to the spring.


    Amid a remarkably turbulent time for the movie business, this summer has been surprisingly, almost weirdly, steady.
    “The studios did what they were supposed to,” said Kyle Davies, domestic distribution chief for Paramount Pictures. “This notion that people are tired of going to the theaters, I don’t believe it for a second. I think people are ready every weekend: ‘Give me a reason to come.’”
    Paramount didn’t have a lot of releases over the summer but coming off the spring success of “A Quiet Place,” Davies said, “Things have turned around.” ″Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” the sixth installment in the Tom Cruise franchise, is approaching $500 million worldwide, and the Diane Keaton-Jane Fonda-starring “Book Club” has, with $68.6 million, fared better than most comedies this year.


    But even Tom Cruise, despite all his powers, can do only so much to tip the overall box office. So what’s behind the bounce back?
    MoviePass, the flailing subscription service, has claimed responsibility. Subscription moviegoing has surely had an additive effect, bringing more regular visitors to theaters. But how much? There’s no statistical evidence of MoviePass boosting bottom lines, and studio executives downplay its influence as minimal. (“Mission: Impossible,” for one, wasn’t initially available on MoviePass.) MoviePass, which this week reduced its plan to three movies a month, says it accounts for 6 percent of all domestic tickets.


    Mid-summer, AMC trotted out its own $20-a-month subscription option, attracting 260,000 subscribers in its first seven weeks. AMC on Thursday said that’s translated to about 1 million admissions or about 4 percent of U.S. moviegoers at AMC theaters, the country’s largest chain.
    Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, said it’s difficult to extrapolate how big a driver subscription services have been, though he credited the copious attention and drama around MoviePass with fueling moviegoing awareness. He’s more inclined to point to the improved studio project, specifically sequels like “Incredibles 2,” ″Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Deadpool 2.”


    “The one thing that was very different from last year’s sequels is that people wanted to see these. That’s what it comes down to,” said Bock. “You can say Hollywood’s running on good credit and that’s probably one of the reasons people are coming out weekend after weekend.”
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    Barry, Barry, Barry....I never said The Lone Ranger was great, it just wasn't as bad as the reviews said it was. It was entertaining in its own way
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    Nice story, Barry.

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    Tracy, as someone who loves movies I am disappointed to learn that fewer people are going to the movie theaters every year. They tend to judge 6S not by attendance but by total revenue. This comes from raising their prices so much. I know cable and streaming also gives money to the movie producers. But I would hate it if only the big ones survive and the little ones falter. And while we may see more screens than ever we are certainly seeing less movie theaters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefisc View Post
    But I would hate it if only the big boobies survive and the little ones falter.
    Barry, I too have a great love for boobies of all sizes. However, I know what you mean.

    We've known each other for a while and I'm sure you know that I am one who usually does not go to see a movie in the theater. For me, there simply is no theater locally. The closest one of any decent quality is about 45 minutes away. Add to that the interruptions from phones and for me, it's not worth it.

    However, I will continue to support movies by buying titles that I think I will rewatch and rent the rest.

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    One thing I'll say is the past two years I've been to the movies more than I had in the previous 5 combined. The experience has gotten better (better sound, better seats, better projection equipment) and the use of cell phones has dropped dramatically. In fact, I can't remember the last time I was bothered by one in the theater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Vaughn View Post
    Barry, Barry, Barry....I never said The Lone Ranger was great, it just wasn't as bad as the reviews said it was. It was entertaining in its own way
    David I think it's a lost cause. You're never gonna live that one down

    Quote Originally Posted by David Vaughn View Post
    One thing I'll say is the past two years I've been to the movies more than I had in the previous 5 combined. The experience has gotten better (better sound, better seats, better projection equipment) and the use of cell phones has dropped dramatically. In fact, I can't remember the last time I was bothered by one in the theater.
    Yes, all this. But also very important- reserved seating.

    These days I pretty much only go see the big movies at Dolby Cinema. If they aren't playing it (there's only a few by me, but they all seem to run the same movie at the same time) then I'll look at RPX and XD, etc. and IMAX (if it's shot with IMAX cameras, like Infinity War.)

    I pretty much never go to a standard theatre anymore, unless its for a movie I don't care much about. Hard to justify when the experience at my HT is genuinely better.
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