In a world brimful of other ways for people to spend their time and money, Hollyweird can't seem to stop shooting itself in both feet to drive potential audiences away.
Cinemas can't fill seats anymore because people are tired of Hollywood's repetitive garbage and heavy-handed leftist messaging. Now theater owners are raising ticket prices, thus further ensuring their decline.
A new report from the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) states that the average ticket price hit a new high in the second quarter of 2017 at $8.95, a 2.5 percent increase from last year.
The 2017 box office has been abysmal for Hollywood, with studios seeing an eight percent drop from last year in overall domestic box office receipts.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Transformers: The Last Knight, Alien: Covenant, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Mummy, and Baywatch have all seriously under-performed in the domestic box office.Nobody's entire studio lot has gone under in this town since MGM ate the big weiner in 1974.
But as every mutual fund prospectus reminds you:
Past behavior is no guarantee of future performance.
And like raising bus fares because of dwindling ridership, increasing ticket prices as movies slip from sucky to absolutely atrocious is the beginnings of a death spiral. And as long as the idiots are in charge, there may not be another generation of Spielbergs, Lucases, and Scorseses in the wings to save the ballgame this time around.
Nobody should be happy about that (although I thoroughly applaud the punishment of the libtards who're running the industry into the ground), because movies are first and foremost, the quintessential American art form. It doesn't matter how many other countries had or have thriving movie industries, or how well they do at it, they are all incomparably lesser than anything that's come out of America since Edison made the first "flicker". We invented the art form, we've perfected it, we dominate it, and by all that's right we should continue to do so until long after I'm cold and dead, and past caring.
So watching a bunch of shit-for-brains idiots run it into the ground is like watching the third- and fourth-generation kids of your family squander the fortune your father left you, and which you built into a gargantuan behemoth, and seeing them do it like setting fire to the family cash pile with torches.
A Visigoth is still a Visigoth, even if they're allegedly your kin.