60 Seconds on Cinema (‘…struggling, sagged & faded…’)
A desperate situation?
- Film is (or has been) a proxy for Leisure Park attendances.
- But data from the US shows both production and demand wilting.
- It had been hoped that rebooting 70s classic would revitalise the industry.
- But down 52% year to date is hardly inspiring. Langton comment here.
Big releases have recently stumbled…
- An autumn recovery looked on the cards. ‘Blade Runner: 2049’ was critically acclaimed.
- But since release, Box Office Mojo (BOM) tells us the film struggled, the BBC claims it sagged and Reuters says it faded.
- The film only took $31.5m of the $45-50m expected on its domestic opening weekend.
A mortal blow to the big screen?
- It’s a sample of one but is a strong release schedule enough to buoy attendances?
- Hurricanes Stateside don’t help but perhaps agile on-demand competitors are taking share from cinema. Customers may favour streaming from home.
- Currently, many industries are facing significant ‘sea-changes’. High-street retail is disrupted by online, casual diners by delivery and hotels by the sharing economy etc.
- Cinema is not immune & its draw for leisure park-based F&B outlets may be weakening.