Ed Driscoll

Hollywood's Blah Year At The Ticket Counter

Long Tail author Chris Anderson checks in on Tinseltown’s box office mojo (to coin a phrase):

Despite the box office record set by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (which I just saw on DVD–great effects, but the movie makes no sense), Hollywood didn’t have a blockbuster 2006. In terms of tickets sold, it was up just 1% from the dismal 2005 (corrected for population expansion, that’s no growth at all), and still dramatically down from 2002-2004, which were the last good years before the DVD/home theater boom fragmented the audience even more than VHS had before.

You don’t say.