Home theater’s connection to declining box-office ticket sales

May 20, 2005

monster in lawReading articles like this one on weak movie ticket sales, for what were thought to be big Hollywood blockbusters, such as ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ (which I really enjoyed, while on vacation in Orlando) I couldn’t help but wonder about home theaters connection to the trend.

The “home theater is cutting into our ticket sales” mantra is apparently alive and well in Hollywood, but aren’t these the same companies that gladly sell as many DVD’s as they can? It’s just a simple reality, that many folks would rather skip the eight dollar seats for their own seats at home. Not to mention the concession stand, don’t even get me started on the $3.75 sodas.

Personally, I only venture out to the theater to see the big films that I just can’t wait for on DVD, so perhaps in some small way I’m partly to blame for the downturn in movie ticket sales. Surely with monumentally important films like ‘XXX: State Of The Union’, ‘Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and ‘Constantine’ vying for the mass entertainment dollars of the country, my boycott couldn’t harm Hollywood. Then again, with crap like this in the theaters can they really be shocked at the nosedive in earnings?

I’m all for rewarding vision, direction and story telling, and not about following the masses to the mega-plex to see this weeks ration of “what everyone else is seeing”. But in the interest of fairness, I will say that home theater aficionados (my self included) could do more to show their appreciation for real films, ala get out and go see a movie!

Which is just what I’ll do this weekend, Lucas you’re getting my 8 bucks, but I’m unconvinced based on the last two star-bores, that you really deserve it. Although based on movies like ‘American Graffiti’ and the ‘Indiana Jones’ series, you surely deserve it more than Ridley Scott and his ‘Kingdom of snooze’ err Heaven.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Commentary


Comments

  • Matt

    Well written and I fully agree!
    Lately I have noticed that when I do go out and see a movie the sound, even in the THX certified theaters, is not impressive. This may be an artifact of just particular theaters, but I long for the days of Jurassic Park which I remember completely blowing me away with sound. I finally saw Star Wars today and the sound was tame. Only two scenes came to mind where I actually felt bass and even that was weak. If this is a trend among movie theaters then it is no surprise to me that people would prefer to enjoy movies at home with better sound.
    So my two questions are:
    Is this something other people have noticed and is there a reason for the diminished audio (it just may be that I need a new movie theater)?
    What is the point of having THX certified theaters that boast impressive audio systems and then not use them?

  • Matt

    Well written and I fully agree!
    Lately I have noticed that when I do go out and see a movie the sound, even in the THX certified theaters, is not impressive. This may be an artifact of just particular theaters, but I long for the days of Jurassic Park which I remember completely blowing me away with sound. I finally saw Star Wars today and the sound was tame. Only two scenes came to mind where I actually felt bass and even that was weak. If this is a trend among movie theaters then it is no surprise to me that people would prefer to enjoy movies at home with better sound.
    So my two questions are:
    Is this something other people have noticed and is there a reason for the diminished audio (it just may be that I need a new movie theater)?
    What is the point of having THX certified theaters that boast impressive audio systems and then not use them?