What Went Wrong With This Summer's Blockbusters?
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>2014 has been the worst summer for Hollywood in eight years. Rather than one-two punches rocking the big screen, ticket sales have taken a beating. It seems American audiences have, quite frankly, grown bored of cookie-cutter summer blockbuster fare and are now spending their money on smaller, more interesting films, not to mention the endless entertainment rabbit hole that is online streaming.
>Some argue that this summer has been a fluke, since theaters lacked the animated or family-friendly films that usually help bolster summer numbers. Before the death of franchise star Paul Walker, Fast & Furious 7 would have been released this summer, prompting more what-if speculation. Ditto for the Wachowski siblings' delayed sci-fi tentpole Jupiter Ascending. But audiences may just be tired of seeing the same films repackaged for a new summer. Spider-Man 2, Iron Man 3, Transformers 4 — we've seen these movies before. It's no wonder the magic is starting to fade.
>The nosedive in ticket sales coincides with the increasing popularity of digital downloads, rentals and original streaming content. Why spend $30 at the movies when you can enjoy something from home that is, more often than not, better than what's showing at the theater?
Is cinema dead /tv/?