Insider Q&A: Scary forecasts at the box office


Insider Q&A: Scary forecasts at the box office
  1. Insider Q&A: Scary forecasts at the box office
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    NEW YORK — It's been a rough summer at the box office, and movie theatre chains are feeling the pain. It got worse last week when AMC Entertainment said U.S. box office grosses are sinking. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore who has followed the industry for more than 20 years, says movie theatres are always vulnerable if people aren't excited about what's playing, but things can change…
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This photo provided by comScore shows Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore. Movie theater companies say the U.S. box office is falling short of their expectations during the summer of 2017. Dergarabedian, who has followed the industry for more than 20 years, says movie theaters are always vulnerable if people aren’t excited about what’s playing, but things can change quickly. (Courtesy of comScore via AP)

NEW YORK — It's been a rough summer at the box office, and movie theatre chains are feeling the pain. It got worse last week when AMC Entertainment said U.S. box office grosses are sinking. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore who has followed the industry for more than 20 years, says movie theatres are always vulnerable if people aren't excited about what's playing, but things can change quickly.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Q: Are Americans just not excited about this summer's movies?

A: Currently the summer box office is down about 11 per cent compared to the summer of 2016. This is despite the fact that there have been some really terrific movies. Every year has these down trends. The reason this has gotten so much attention is because it's the summer movie season, which generally accounts for about 40 per cent of the total-year box office.

I think people want more original content. It doesn't have to be an original piece of intellectual property. It can be something like "Spider-Man: Homecoming," that felt original because it had a different take on the Spider-Man character. "Baby Driver" was not a sequel. It was a brand new film from an innovative director (Edgar Wright).

Q: Is this a down year, or do you think things will even out?

A: The first quarter was huge, with "Logan," ''Get Out" and "Split." The second and third quarters have been kind of tough. But one or two movies can make all the difference. It is a true roller coaster ride.

I think the industry is changing in the sense that the seasons are going away. You can have big movies any time of year, not just May through Labor Day. Even though the summer is down, and the year is down 3 per cent as well, but at the end of the year, with some big titles like "Thor: Ragnarok," ''Justice League" and "Star Wars: The Last Je…

Insider Q&A: Scary forecasts at the box office
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