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(Huffington Post)   Hollywood is shocked, SHOCKED that we all didn't flock to the theaters like obedient little drones to gawk at the latest Expendables & Transformers sequels and some movie with Cameron Diaz in it this Summer   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 88
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2014-08-30 12:03:33 PM  
Cameron Diaz  is old enough to play a grandmother now, her face is old enough to play a great grandmother. She isn't aging well at all.
 
2014-08-30 12:14:47 PM  
Nothing that is playing in the theatre right now excites me to the point of going. I can wait for it to be released on Netflix or rent it through my Xbox.
 
2014-08-30 12:55:34 PM  
The only thing I've wanted to see this year is Godzilla. And I'm waiting until I can get it through the intertubes. I'm not driving 50 miles to the nearest movie theater.

I got a $50 gift certificate for that theater for Christmas.

In 2012. It still has $50 on it.
 
2014-08-30 12:55:38 PM  
Flops were plentiful. Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 3," the star-studded "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the critically-touted "Edge of Tomorrow," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," and Cameron Diaz's saucy "Sex Tape," all fell short of expectations. And don't forget about the sequels! The summer had plenty of them, but audiences weren't having much to do with them. Sales to "Transformers: Age of Extinction, "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Think Like a Man Too," and "Amazing Spider-Man 2"

All turds.
 
2014-08-30 01:04:53 PM  
I AM GROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!
 
2014-08-30 01:29:33 PM  
Lucy was weak but not bad. The same goes for Apes.
Guardians was badass. I'm assuming Godzilla will be too, I missed it on the big screen.
Edge of Tomorrow was surprisingly good story.

I had absolutely no desire to see any of the other movies. Well, I'd probably have seen Snowpiercer out of curiosity.. but it wasn't anywhere near me.

/If I want to watch Cameron Diaz I'll dig out my vcr and my copy of The Mask.
 
2014-08-30 01:37:32 PM  
A crap slate of movies, even given a few good or decent ones.  Hollywood has failed to produce bankable stars for a while, it's all properties now and those are getting stale. Next year should be a big bounce, a huge one, and you'll never hear about this summer again.  But still, there are structural issues.
 
2014-08-30 01:40:19 PM  
surprisingly, this summer i saw two movies in the theater, something i haven't done in years.  normally i go to maybe one movie in the summer and one movie around christmas time, it's sort of a tradition with my friends.  but this summer i saw edge of tomorrow, which was awesome, and then i actually saw guardians of the galaxy twice, and it was awesome both times.

sure, things like video games and television and the internet might keep people from going to the movies as often as they used to.  but the other thing that the movie studios seem to forget is that lots of people (like me) figure they can just wait three months and rent or buy the movie on dvd or bluray.  why should i pay $10 to see a movie one time in an environment i have no control over, when i can wait a few months, buy the movie for $15, and watch it as many times as i want in the comfort of my own living room?
 
2014-08-30 01:41:31 PM  
Boo farking hooo.
 
2014-08-30 01:42:38 PM  
Saw "How to Train Your Dragon 2" with the kids and really liked it. Went to go see "Sex Tape" and thought it was hilarious. Took the whole family to see "Guardians of the Galaxy" and thought it was the best of the year.

Other than that, yeah, not that great I guess.
 
2014-08-30 01:42:59 PM  
X-Men Future Past,Winter Soldier - Excellent
Godzilla,Dawn of the Planet Of The Apes - Good Enough
Guardians of The Galaxy - I'll see it tomorrow, all signs point to awesome
 
2014-08-30 01:45:39 PM  

dj_bigbird: Flops were plentiful. Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 3," the star-studded "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the critically-touted "Edge of Tomorrow," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," and Cameron Diaz's saucy "Sex Tape," all fell short of expectations. And don't forget about the sequels! The summer had plenty of them, but audiences weren't having much to do with them. Sales to "Transformers: Age of Extinction, "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Think Like a Man Too," and "Amazing Spider-Man 2"

All turds.




Transformers has done over $1 billion world wide.
 
2014-08-30 01:55:55 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: dj_bigbird: Flops were plentiful. Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 3," the star-studded "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the critically-touted "Edge of Tomorrow," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," and Cameron Diaz's saucy "Sex Tape," all fell short of expectations. And don't forget about the sequels! The summer had plenty of them, but audiences weren't having much to do with them. Sales to "Transformers: Age of Extinction, "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Think Like a Man Too," and "Amazing Spider-Man 2"

All turds.



Transformers has done over $1 billion world wide.


Rebuttal: Twilight
 
2014-08-30 01:57:14 PM  

Shadowknight: Saw "How to Train Your Dragon 2" with the kids and really liked it. Went to go see "Sex Tape" and thought it was hilarious. Took the whole family to see "Guardians of the Galaxy" and thought it was the best of the year.

Other than that, yeah, not that great I guess.


Three movies... kids... 3D maybe... snacks = $300
 
2014-08-30 02:00:02 PM  

dj_bigbird: Flops were plentiful. Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 3," the star-studded "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the critically-touted "Edge of Tomorrow," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," and Cameron Diaz's saucy "Sex Tape," all fell short of expectations. And don't forget about the sequels! The summer had plenty of them, but audiences weren't having much to do with them. Sales to "Transformers: Age of Extinction, "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Think Like a Man Too," and "Amazing Spider-Man 2"

All turds.


Meanwhile, the little movie that execs had doubts on, Guardians of the Galaxy made more money than they could shake their flaccid sticks at.
 
2014-08-30 02:03:02 PM  
"The movie industry is cyclical, and we're definitely in a down year, but that has a lot to do with the fact that 2015's slate is so impressive," industry analyst Contrino told Vox. "Many of the strongest franchises are lined up for 2015, and 2014 has suffered as a result."

Translation: "It's just a flesh wound."

www.scara-mouche.com
 
2014-08-30 02:03:44 PM  

CodeMonkey4Life: X-Men Future Past,Winter Soldier - Excellent
Godzilla,Dawn of the Planet Of The Apes - Good Enough
Guardians of The Galaxy - I'll see it tomorrow, all signs point to awesome


Wow, how did I forget the first two? Yes, DoFP ray that screwed up timeline and Cap 2 was simply awesome.
 
2014-08-30 02:04:55 PM  

whither_apophis: Shadowknight: Saw "How to Train Your Dragon 2" with the kids and really liked it. Went to go see "Sex Tape" and thought it was hilarious. Took the whole family to see "Guardians of the Galaxy" and thought it was the best of the year.

Other than that, yeah, not that great I guess.

Three movies... kids... 3D maybe... snacks = $300


Never watch anything in 3D. Gives me a headache after about 20 minutes. Very glad that fad is dying out again.
 
2014-08-30 02:13:03 PM  
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"The movie industry is cyclical, and we're definitely in a down year, but that has a lot to do with the fact that 2015's slate is so impressive."
 
2014-08-30 02:13:56 PM  
I was FINE watching a terrible movie on a normal screen at $7.50.

As soon as you jacked up the price (to $11) and then removed the normal option forcing me to watch it on IMAX (+$2) with 3D (+$3) and advanced ADVS audio ($3), I stopped going. Terrible movies are not worth paying $20 to see.
 
2014-08-30 02:14:43 PM  
TedCruz'sCrazyDad:
Transformers has done over $1 billion world wide.

So have the sales of Crystal Meth.
 
2014-08-30 02:20:03 PM  

MurphyMurphy: Lucy was weak but not bad. The same goes for Apes.
Guardians was badass. I'm assuming Godzilla will be too, I missed it on the big screen.
Edge of Tomorrow was surprisingly good story.

I had absolutely no desire to see any of the other movies. Well, I'd probably have seen Snowpiercer out of curiosity.. but it wasn't anywhere near me.

/If I want to watch Cameron Diaz I'll dig out my vcr and my copy of The Mask.


ive NEVER been a Cameron Diaz fan, but i did like her in Knight and Day.


/never been a Cruise fan either.
 
2014-08-30 02:22:00 PM  
I will watch the naked Cameron Diaz movie. On Netflix next year, and for (almost) free. I'm not paying $12.
 
2014-08-30 02:22:39 PM  

MurphyMurphy: Lucy was weak but not bad. The same goes for Apes.
Guardians was badass. I'm assuming Godzilla will be too, I missed it on the big screen.
Edge of Tomorrow was surprisingly good story.

I had absolutely no desire to see any of the other movies. Well, I'd probably have seen Snowpiercer out of curiosity.. but it wasn't anywhere near me.

/If I want to watch Cameron Diaz I'll dig out my vcr and my copy of The Mask.


Try to find Godzilla at a second run theater if you can. It isn't worth seeing any way other than on a big screen.
 
2014-08-30 02:29:03 PM  
Aren't most of these movies doing 2-10 times as much trade overseas as domestically, or something goofy?

Sounds like Hollywood has found the pattern for global success at the cost of only moderate profit in the US.

Oh noes.

My total is probably higher than any summer in the past 10 years. Xmen, Winter soldier, Guardians, Lego, and I think something else.  I normally see 1-2 movies a year, so this has been a gangbuster movie for me.
 
2014-08-30 02:30:35 PM  
enderthexenocide:
sure, things like video games and television and the internet might keep people from going to the movies as often as they used to.  but the other thing that the movie studios seem to forget is that lots of people (like me) figure they can just wait three months and rent or buy the movie on dvd or bluray.  why should i pay $10 to see a movie one time in an environment i have no control over, when i can wait a few months, buy the movie for $15, and watch it as many times as i want in the comfort of my own living room?

I wonder how much money a movie like Expendables 3 would have made if they had released it into theaters, released it onto DVD/Blueray and debuted it On Demand on TV all on the same day.  I bet there are a tons of people who didn't bother to pay to see it in theaters but who plan on Redboxing it or Netflixing it in a few months time.

Sure movies like GotG and Ninja Turtles should get the traditional release and squeeze the box office dry before moving on to other formats.  But I bet the studios would generate more money by doing the Whole Shebang release for at least half their movies, especially ones whose test audiences tell them are going to be stinkers.
 
2014-08-30 02:32:59 PM  
Uh, Subby? Transformers 4 didn't do quite as well as the previous ones, but people still flocked to it.
 
2014-08-30 02:34:27 PM  
I watched Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday, for the 2nd time.  I thought I might have the theater to myself, since it's been out a month, but there was around 15 people in there, for a 10 am showing.  Which is not much less than I usually see on opening mornings at 10 am.
 
2014-08-30 02:44:48 PM  
"Hollywood" knew it would be a weak summer. Guardians was a surprise success, and worthy of it. This fall will be big with Nolan's Interstellar, a highly anticipated Hunger Games flick, Fincher's Gone Girl, Disney's first animated Marvel property, a great looking Brad Pitt WWII film, Carell looking excellent in Foxcatcher, and so on.

And then next summer will be lights-out with a new Avengers movie, Jurassic World, a new PIXAR movie from the director that did Up, a new Terminator film, a Minions movie, a new Judd Upatow comedy, an Assassin's Creed film, Ant-Man, and so on. And we'll end 2015 with new Star Wars and James Bond.

And then 2016 is predicted to be possibly the biggest year in box office history with spill-over from Star Wars released a few weeks before the start of the year, a new Spider-Man, Avatar, Batman v. Superman, a new Ben-Hur, new Bourne, new Captain America, potentially a Marvel Dr. Strange film, new JK Rowling, sequels for Finding Nemo, How to Train Your Dragon, Ice Age, Independence Day, Legos, a King Arthur epic, a new Ridley Scott sci-fi, Mummy reboot, the first Star Wars spin-off, new Alice in Wonderland, new Planet of the Apes, a World of Warcraft movie, and another X-men. 2016 is just insane.

The film business is cyclical just like every other business. Every time it's in a dip, the doom-and-gloom click-bait articles come out, only to be silenced a year later. "Hollywood" has been doing this for 100 years. They know what they're doing. And remaking old titles, creating multi-sequel franchises, etc. is nothing new - they've been doing it since the silent era. It works.
 
2014-08-30 02:51:24 PM  
I keep hearing people complain about movie tickets and prices and maybe its just an Ohio thing but typically movies before noon including new releases are $4.50 -$5.00 a ticket. Also AMC has a rewards program that is 8 dollars for the year which gets you free upgrades and free refills.

/I see pretty much all the animated/kids movies because its something easy my dad can participate in and spend time with his granddaughter.
//These movies from what I can see were not forecasted to make millions of dollars, they made their budget and made a profit.
///Also, nothing will change we will still get bad movies and prices will go up because the movies aren't making enough.
////Supply & Demand works differently in Hollywood
 
2014-08-30 03:02:01 PM  

CodeMonkey4Life: X-Men Future Past,Winter Soldier - Excellent
Godzilla,Dawn of the Planet Of The Apes - Good Enough
Guardians of The Galaxy - I'll see it tomorrow, all signs point to awesome


RDJ is claiming it's Marvels best film.
 
2014-08-30 03:07:37 PM  

phantomht: ive NEVER been a Cameron Diaz fan, but i did like her in Knight and Day.


I loved her in The Mask.
 
2014-08-30 03:09:13 PM  
So it was the World Cup that ruined the summer box office and not the lack of quality movies???  Damn you, World Cup!!!  You are destroying American cinema!!!
 
2014-08-30 03:15:17 PM  

terminalx: I keep hearing people complain about movie tickets and prices and maybe its just an Ohio thing but typically movies before noon including new releases are $4.50 -$5.00 a ticket. Also AMC has a rewards program that is 8 dollars for the year which gets you free upgrades and free refills.

/I see pretty much all the animated/kids movies because its something easy my dad can participate in and spend time with his granddaughter.
//These movies from what I can see were not forecasted to make millions of dollars, they made their budget and made a profit.
///Also, nothing will change we will still get bad movies and prices will go up because the movies aren't making enough.
////Supply & Demand works differently in Hollywood


I hate you right now. I paid $9.50 for a standard ticket (i.e. no 3d, etc) last month.
 
2014-08-30 03:38:56 PM  
I visit the theater far more than the average, I can remember seeing 21 movies in the last 12 months (in the theater).  So I would be the kind of movie-goer that Hollywood dreams of, except for one thing.  Of those 21 movies only 1 was a sequel and none were re-imaginings or reboots.  I think two were supposed to be summer tent pole movies (Pacific Rim and that Matt Damon future world one).  I probably would have seen several more but I live in a small town and sometimes we dont get a movie at all, or it shows for one night only.

If Hollywood wants to save the theater experience (which I am not sure they actually care about) maybe they should try and hit more singles and doubles than trying to swing as hard as possible on every pitch.
 
2014-08-30 03:46:11 PM  

Brokenseas: enderthexenocide:
sure, things like video games and television and the internet might keep people from going to the movies as often as they used to.  but the other thing that the movie studios seem to forget is that lots of people (like me) figure they can just wait three months and rent or buy the movie on dvd or bluray.  why should i pay $10 to see a movie one time in an environment i have no control over, when i can wait a few months, buy the movie for $15, and watch it as many times as i want in the comfort of my own living room?

I wonder how much money a movie like Expendables 3 would have made if they had released it into theaters, released it onto DVD/Blueray and debuted it On Demand on TV all on the same day.  I bet there are a tons of people who didn't bother to pay to see it in theaters but who plan on Redboxing it or Netflixing it in a few months time.

Sure movies like GotG and Ninja Turtles should get the traditional release and squeeze the box office dry before moving on to other formats.  But I bet the studios would generate more money by doing the Whole Shebang release for at least half their movies, especially ones whose test audiences tell them are going to be stinkers.




Theater chains refuse to show any movie simultaneously released On Demand. See Tower Heist.
 
2014-08-30 03:55:09 PM  
I honestly haven't set foot in a movie theater in around 20 years. If it's something I really want to see, I wait for the DVD or Blu-ray. Don't have to worry about people talking during the movie, and if I need to go to the bathroom, or want a snack, I can pause without missing anything. Also, snacks at home are a LOT cheaper than the theater!
 
2014-08-30 04:09:49 PM  
Subby has a complex.
 
2014-08-30 04:11:56 PM  

dj_bigbird: Flops were plentiful. Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 3," the star-studded "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the critically-touted "Edge of Tomorrow," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," and Cameron Diaz's saucy "Sex Tape," all fell short of expectations. And don't forget about the sequels! The summer had plenty of them, but audiences weren't having much to do with them. Sales to "Transformers: Age of Extinction, "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Think Like a Man Too," and "Amazing Spider-Man 2"

All turds.


--Too many sequels and reboots.  YA movies are producing diminishing returns now.  Not all are winners ( but I wanna see the one with Chloe Grace Moretz ).  Personally, I hate how all the blockbusters are now pandering more to foreign markets and stories are more simplified.  They should add storyline for US version and more explosions for the foreign market.
 
2014-08-30 04:20:22 PM  

albert71292: I honestly haven't set foot in a movie theater in around 20 years. If it's something I really want to see, I wait for the DVD or Blu-ray. Don't have to worry about people talking during the movie, and if I need to go to the bathroom, or want a snack, I can pause without missing anything. Also, snacks at home are a LOT cheaper than the theater!


I don't bother to go to the theater these days to watch actual movies. I only go to the theater these days to watch Rifftrax live performance tearing up movies.

I'm sure I'll actually see much of this summer's lineup soon enough, in the tender hands of Kevin, Mike, and Bill.
 
2014-08-30 04:23:44 PM  
www.whatthepulp.com

Now behold the miracle of Hollywood!

media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com
 
2014-08-30 04:53:24 PM  
Some real winners of late.

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-30 05:04:21 PM  
FormlessOne:

I don't bother to go to the theater these days to watch actual movies. I only go to the theater these days to watch Rifftrax live performance tearing up movies.

I'm sure I'll actually see much of this summer's lineup soon enough, in the tender hands of Kevin, Mike, and Bill.


Samesies of late. Sharknado is the hardest I've laughed in a theater in years. Godzilla Bueller's Day Off was a step down--there's only so much you can do with a slow farkin' movie (Manos too)--but enjoyable. Looking forward to Anaconda.
 
2014-08-30 05:05:09 PM  
I watched about half of Amazing Spiderman 2 over at a friend's house the other night. Needless to say, it pretty much sucked, the acting was terrible, and the plot/dialogue was stacked with cliches. The SFX for Electro were pretty bad-ass though.
 
2014-08-30 05:08:50 PM  

Clash City Farker: [www.whatthepulp.com image 517x387]

Now behold the miracle of Hollywood!

[media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 600x396]


Above: would sleep with...happily.

Below: would sleep with...just as happily. Bonus: waking up the next morning and seeing the above next to me in bed, further affirming that the correct decision was made.
 
2014-08-30 05:21:50 PM  

albert71292: I honestly haven't set foot in a movie theater in around 20 years. If it's something I really want to see, I wait for the DVD or Blu-ray. Don't have to worry about people talking during the movie, and if I need to go to the bathroom, or want a snack, I can pause without missing anything. Also, snacks at home are a LOT cheaper than the theater!


God, I have to wonder what farked up movie theaters you people go to to end up like that.

Can't help you with pausing the movie, but...well, look. The theater closest to me is a shiathole. Absolute, never-gonna-change shiathole. Fortunately, I have three good, arguably awesome multiplexes all within ten to fifteen miles of where I live. Now, I know not everybody is this lucky, but if your closest movie theater is shiat, don't immediately condemn the experience to days gone by. Look around a bit first.
 
2014-08-30 05:40:54 PM  
Dragon 2 isn't a flop. It's outpaced the first one and made a lot more than Turbo from last year.
 
2014-08-30 05:41:12 PM  

Mentat: I AM GROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!


that movie was at least 3.75 times better than I was expecting it to be ...
 
2014-08-30 05:47:03 PM  
I'm in the camp of folks are MAYBE sees 2 or 3 movies in a 5 year stretch at the cinema. And that was being within driving distance of the Premiere, which was a cinema with a screen nearly the size of a drive in, and all semi-private loveseat seatings.

Private to the point that the wife and I got it on during IM2 and the couple next to us was unaware.

You can get mugs of beer and take them in with you. Etc.

I'll tell ya why I still do not go often.

...

Imagine every concert you went to, half the chairs were taken up by kids that thought they were getting dropped off at a Brieber show. That's the farking public nowadays.

The sound is pretty much screamingly overloud. We started taking earplugs with us.

Half the shiat is just...over and tired. We know, Sly, you've had lots of plastic surgery, you're still really fit, and people like shiat blowing up. You still can't really act for shiat and your movies are basically all the same. That's why they're flopping.

And the constant reboots and such are also just...meh. I walked out of Transformers 2 even though were watching it at a friends house...that movie was such trash it hurt. I can't imagine even caring that 3 was made, let alone going and sitting through it.
 
2014-08-30 05:56:35 PM  
TFA didn't give any figures on how Vaudeville was doing this summer.

Can't remember for certain the last movie I saw in the theatre: Love and Other Drugs, possibly?
 
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