Disney Survived Summer Slowdown At Movie Box Office
On September 1, CNN Business’ headline on Friday is the story of the season: “Hollywood’s summer fizzled…except for Disney.” The movie box-office was a bit slower this summer, but Disney thrived!
The summer movie season has done little to help ease a bumpy year at the box office.
Revenue from the summer, which stretches from the first Friday in May to Labor Day, is roughly 2% behind last year. The drop is not disastrous (it was down 14% two summers ago), but it does burden a domestic box office that is already down 6% overall.
That’s not to say there weren’t any bright spots. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” was the first film in the series to make more than $1 billion worldwide. “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, two R-rated films, both found an audience. But this summer’s slate of films mostly didn’t “live up to the hype,” according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.
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But Disney did its darndest to buck the trend.
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Avengers: Endgame (which opened on April 26), leaving a slew of lower-to-mid-sized budgeted films gasping.
As Netflix gets ready to launch a premium awards season lineup that includes Martin Scorsese’s near-$200M The Irishman, Eddie Murphy’s Dolemite Is My Name, and Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, studios executives left for Labor Day weekend wondering: Just what is theatrical nowadays?