Final data isn't in, but it looks as though overall U.S. box office was down in 2014 from 2013 — although the major studios still made over $10 billion domestically. Most significantly, the number of tickets sold dropped 6 percent, to the lowest amount since 1995.
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The good news? There's no data to suggest young people are abandoning movie theaters permanently for the lure of video games or other ways of consuming media. It just looks as though people weren't as excited about the movies this year, as evidenced by films like Amazing Spider-Man 2 somewhat underperforming stateside. Another possible explanation is that 25 potential money-makers were pushed out of the 2014 schedule, including Jupiter Ascending, Fifty Shades of Grey, Tomorrowland, The Good Dinosaur, Furious 7 and the Despicable Me spinoff Minions.
And of course, 2015 is probably going to be a totally insane year — so what this probably proves, mostly, is that you can't take movie audiences for granted and release mediocre, unexciting films. People will find other things to do with their time. [Deadline]