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AMERICAN filmgoers may be growing tired of Hollywood epics with bloated budgets, after domestic box office figures for 2004 showed a 2.25 per cent drop in cinema attendance, after a 3.8 per cent drop last year.
Blockbuster films now routinely cost more than $100 million (¬£52 million) to make, plus tens of millions in marketing and advertising expenses. Big budget films that disappointed at the box office included Catwoman, starring Halle Berry; Hidalgo; The Alamo; and Chronicles of Riddick.
The worrying figures, compiled by Exhibitor Relations, a company that tracks receipts, come less than two weeks before the end of the box office year, and just as studios are ramping up their Oscar campaigns. The good news for Hollywood is that, overall, film revenues are likely to be up, because of a 3.8 per cent rise in US ticket prices during 2004.
Total box office receipts are likely to reach $9.4...
The last time I went to the movies , I was about 9 years old and I saw Gremlins , that was scary enough to keep me away , now I'm grateful that my one and only experiance killed my taste for Hollywood . I might buy an occasional flick but it mostly a g-rated cartoon and then you still don't know what your going to get , until you watch it . That just goes to show you that you and your family is better off with out it , there are alot more " wholesome " things to do with your time , why waste it watching the tube or sitting in a dark movie theater ? BTW , Happy New Year everyone .
I agree that most of what comes out of Hollywood is garbage. That is why I never go to any motion pictures. The last time that I was to a motion picture was about 10 years ago and that was the motion picture titled Toy Story.
Most of the stuff that comes out of Hollywood is garbage anyway . Even the so-called g rated and pg Disney flicks are full of adult humor and things most folks don't want their kids to see . If you really want to see a movie it's best to wait for the dvd , then if you like it , you can watch it again for the fraction of the cost of going to the movie theater . plus the popcorn at home is never stale .