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?