Bombs & Blockbusters in 2011 Add Up to Lower Ticket Sales

How much time did you spend at the movies this year?

Movie studios are bemoaning the loss of big money in 2011. Like, almost $1 billion big money between 2010 and 2011.

Not that I'm any big movie expert. The last time I dropped money at the box office was when I saw "Bridesmaids" at the value cinema in Oak Creek, but the time before that? Well ... um ... let's see ...

Guess it's been a while. And that doesn't reflect my love for movies because I do love a good movie, but aside from the Harry Potter series or the two Hangover flicks (which I have, admittedly, mostly watched from the comfort of my couch), I don't know that I think about going to the theater because most of what's released looks like it kind of sucks.

Apparently, I am not alone in thinking this.

The New York Times noted over the Labor Day weekend how US movie attendance continues to decrease and even with the Harry Potter, Hangover and Transformer movies, the bottom line is lower. Philip Bump, a columnist with mediaite.com, wrote that if Hollywood wants more Americans in movie theaters, movie studios are going to have to give us better product.

Of the top 10 highest grossing films in 2011 as of Dec. 26, only 1 qualifies as a bonafide original: Rio. The rest are either sequels or are movie versions of books or beloved TV shows (Smurfs; Harry Potter, another Pirates of the Caribbean; Transformers, Twilight's Breaking Dawn, etc.). A total of 28 sequels were released in 2011, the most ever so far.

So tell us, Patch readers, did you go to the movies this year? If you did, what did you see and was it worth it?

Heather Asiyanbi December 28, 2011 at 03:29 AM
I am looking forward to the re-release of "Beauty and the Beast," the very most best movie Disney Studios ever released. Ever. @Mau - that's not a bad price for unlimited!
Heather Asiyanbi December 28, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Memento is really good! Really keeps you guessing up until the very end.
Heather in Caledonia December 28, 2011 at 03:22 PM
I went to see Twilight this year with a good friend - we had a great time and I like the movie (with a couple small exceptions.) Also loved the Harry Potter movie - took my mom to that one. We did take all of the kids to the Muppet Movie and had a good time. We don't go more often because of the cost of tickets - it cost the 4 of us $25 for an early show (not to mention drinks and popcorn.) My husband would go every weekend if he could, but there have only been a few movies recently that I'd like to have seen in the theaters. I have to settle for Netflix on our living room TV... popcorn's cheaper here, too. :)
mau December 28, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Up until about September we were getting unlimited streaming and 1 dvd at a time to home for $9.99. Even with the streaming there is quite a selection of viewing. That plus I've found a lot of free programming on the internet that is on cable. We have a laptop hooked up to the tv for that.
Heather Asiyanbi December 29, 2011 at 04:01 AM
I do want to see the Muppet movie. It looks adorable!


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