A Bad Year In Tinseltown

You can blame poor plotlines, online piracy, those infernal ads, or anything else for it, but the fact remains: fewer people than ever are going to the movies these days. “Compared with last year, box-office receipts have been down every weekend since late February; the last time comparable business was off for such a long span was in 1985. This summer’s movie season has been especially brutal. North American theater attendance from early May to June 19 was off nearly 11% from a year ago, tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. estimated Monday… Although the final accounting for 2005 releases cannot yet be determined, their domestic runs indicate the prospects are decidedly dim.”