THE delay of major movies from Pixar and Universal. The pirating of The Expendables 3 and Annie before their release. Warner Bros suffering one dud after another. Hackers forcing the cancellation of a big Sony comedy.
Hollywood does not want a sequel to 2014.
For the year, ticket sales at North American theatres will total roughly US$10.5 billion, a 4 per cent decline from a year earlier, according to projections by the box office data firm Rentrak. Attendance will drop by about the same percentage.
Annual fluctuations of that size are not uncommon at the domestic box office, which rises and falls based on the strength of the movie lineup. Still, that total would give the movie business...