LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Hollywood Reporter says box office attendance is at a 16-year low.

An estimated 1.28 billion people went to the movies in 2011, which is the lowest number since 1995.

However, the year’s most successful film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II, earned more than $1 billion. Part I of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn has so far grossed more than $650 million.

The National Association of Theater Owners says 2002 was the busiest year for theaters, with 1.57 billion moviegoers.


Comments (3)
  1. rankin1 says:

    The reality shows are much better than paying 10 bucks to watrch a bad script overacting movie, e,g. hardcore pawn,pawnstars to name a few.

  2. Bryan B says:

    Bad movies coupled with high ticket prices and even higher concessions = low attendance.

    I’m more inclined to see a move now that DirecTV & others are offering in theater movies that can be watched from home.

    1. sparky says:

      Everything you said is true, Bryan. Just add also bad behavior in theaters and parking costs at some venues.

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