With the year closing up, the last box-office figures are coming in and the word isn’t good. This year’s domestic box-office admissions of 1.259 billion are down by 6% from 2013’s 1.34 billion. That’s the lowest number of cinema attendees since 1995 when 1.211 billion people went to the movies.
Average ticket prices were almost steady with last year at $8.12 per ticket (in 2013 was $8.13). Since 2009, the U.S. domestic box-office has stayed above $10 billion annually with last year peaking at $10.924 billion.
It’s the lack of a few key titles that were pushed into 2015, namely the likes of “Furious 7,” Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” the Wachowski’s “Jupiter Ascending,” and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film that could have been enough to make this a record-breaking year.
The total domestic box-office for this year sits at around $10.227 billion, with all six major studios (Fox, Disney, Warners, Sony, Paramount and Universal) making over $1 billion each. Fox appears to be leading the charge with $1.77 billion followed by Disney ($1.59B), Warners ($1.54B), Sony ($1.25B), Universal ($1.10B), and Paramount ($1.04B).