by Mike Masnick

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box office, movies, mpaa, piracy


Biggest Box Office Summer Ever... And Yet All We Hear About Is Piracy?

from the let's-rethink-this,-okay? dept

With the MPAA constantly screaming about how piracy is killing the movie industry, putting poor stagehands and grips out of work, you'd be hard pressed to see the problem when you hear that the box office take this summer passed $4 billion for the first time ever. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that movies are a social experience. People like going out to the movies if the experience is fun and good. If there are good movies, people will go out and see them, even if they're available as a free download online. Just imagine what would happen if the movie industry stopped freaking out, stopped treating everyone as if they were a criminal and (gasp!) actually made the movie-going experience more enjoyable? It seems quite likely that dumb movie industry policies are costing the industry a hell of a lot more than piracy ever has or ever will have.

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    John M, 31 Aug 2007 @ 10:16am

    You know, even if the movie theatre had every desire you could possibly want, I don't think that the theatre should be at blame here. Sure there are some crappy ones, but there are plenty of nice, clean, full-service, low priced concession theatres out there to choose from - movies still suffer low sales.

    The main problem is that there are very few movies that are "must see" flicks these days. They do exist, but they do not come out as often as they used to.

    I also think that there are other issues at hand as well - gasoline prices being so high that it's not really worth going anywhere but work/school and home, for example.

    Is there some other reason they can be seeing a decline? Current "adults" not interested in the "kid movies" Hollywood has been flagshipping? Maybe the kids these days are more into their education and family than wasting money/time on a movie? I doubt those types of things are major causes, but I honestly think piracy has very little to do with the slump in income (even though they are setting new records still...)

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