Summer Movie Season: From Hot to Not

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Summer-s the popcorn season for Hollywood movies. On Memorial Day, this year-s industry blockbusters like Spider-Man and Lilo & Stitch took off with a bang. So did indie-sleepers like My Big Fat Greek Wedding. But by Labor Day, the so-called silly season was down to a whimper. While summer box office revenue is up, attendance has been dropping for almost two months. What does that mean for one of this region-s major industries? We learn more about content and counter-programming, and what made this summer-s movie season go from sizzle to fizzle, from the president of Exhibitor Relations Company, a film industry research firm, and the former senior film critic for Variety magazine.
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