New numbers show G-rated movies earn 3 to 5 times more than R-rated
New figures released by The Numbers, a Hollywood box office website, show that despite G-rated movies earning 3 to 5 times more that R-rated movies, Hollywood continues to pump out more and more R-rated fare, which may be contributing to a continuing decline in domestic movie ticket sales.
According to report, Hollywood released 207 R-rated movies in 2011, 193 in 2010, and 184 in 2009. Yet, the average R-rated movie in 2011 made only $10.8 million, compared to $12.6 million in 2010, and $14.9 million in 2009....
People are probably "burned-out" from watching R-rated movies since so many have been produced for so many years now. I'm old enough to remember when R-rated movies were "new", "exciting", and even "scandalous". Now they're old hat, and I suspect many people are now waxing nostalgic for the days when G-rated fare dominated the box offices. Also, (as NYP said below) fewer G-rated movies now means that each one gets a greater concentration of ticket-sales generated by our more traditional-minded folk who tend to eschew the so-called "mature-themed" movies.