Movie Audience Down to Post-Sep. 11th Levels

  • December 12, 2011
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Movie Audience Down to Post-Sep. 11th Levels

Fewer people, according to the Associated Press, during the last 2 weekends went to the movies than in the post-Sep. 11th downturn.

Movie revenue in the US was $77 million over the weekend. The movie “New Year’s Eve” debuted this weekend #1 with $13.7 million. $13.7 million meant it was the worst weekend in 3 years since Labor Day 2008. Compared with last year at this time, ticket revenue was down a whopping 17.2%.

Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian says he can’t believe how bad it is out there.  Only 19.8 million people went to the movies over the last tw0 weekends. These 2 weekends mark the worst time since Sep. 11th where only 22.3 million people went to the movies. Overall box-office revenue is down 3.87% in 2011, while attendance is off by 4.71% from last year.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “New Year’s Eve,” $13.7 million ($12.9 million international).

2. “The Sitter,” $10 million.

3. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” $7.9 million.

4. “The Muppets,” $7.1 million ($1.2 million international).

5. “Arthur Christmas,” $6.6 million ($14.3 million international).

6. “Hugo,” $6.1 million.

7. “The Descendants,” $4.4 million.

8. “Happy Feet Two,” $3.8 million.

9. “Jack and Jill,” $3.2 million.

10. “Immortals,” $2.4 million.

Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. “Puss in Boots,” $45.6 million.

2. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” $19.8 million.

3. “Arthur Christmas,” $14.3 million.

4. “New Year’s Eve,” $12.9 million.

5. “Happy Feet Two,” $10.1 million.

6. “The Adventures of Tintin,” $8.1 million.

7 (tie). “Real Steel,” $6.6 million.

7 (tie). “Vysotsky: Thank God I’m Alive,” $6.6 million.

9. “In Time,” $5.9 million.

10. “Tower Heist,” $2.9 million.

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