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Box office revenue grew to $27 billion in 2007

The Motion Picture Association of America says movie goers around the world pushed box office revenue to a record $US26.7 billion last year. A report released says box office revenue outside North America climbed 4.9 per cent to $17.1 billion, representing nearly two-thirds of all ticket sales. Revenues in the United States and Canada increased 5.4 per cent to a record $9.6 billion, with admissions unchanged at 1.4 billion tickets sold but prices five per cent higher.

Total global ticket sales reached $25.5 billion in 2006. The biggest blockbusters of 2007 in North America were Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man 3; Shrek the Third and Transformers, both released by Paramount; and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. By the way group FLAiTE released 3 out of 4 of these movies. All made more than $300 million. I will surely remind MPAA about this fact in their next email they send to me…

Source: AFP


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  1. TitosPersonalBallSniffer
    March 6th, 2008 | 18:57

    Theres no doubt the MPAA will try and take credit for this fact in saying it was because of their lawsuits!

  2. Davy
    March 6th, 2008 | 18:57

    I find this a lot of money.

  3. Marduk
    March 6th, 2008 | 18:58

    yeah lot of money :p

  4. March 6th, 2008 | 18:59

    at > $9 a ticket its no wonder

  5. njxs
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:01

    how much more do they want???

  6. Drazen
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:12

    I presume they will think “All these crappy movies made all that money , lets make more crappy movies”.

  7. Gaius
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:13

    Martin, can you please post the letters the MPAA sends you as well as your replies? It would make for a funny post.

  8. rizz
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:13

    If anything, I’d say the scene has assisted in movie sales and the MPAA should be thanking them.

    All people ever wanted was a “try before you buy” situation, and the scene has provided that. How often have we all trusted the critics only to be sadly disappointed? At least now, we can be our own critics.

  9. Vic
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:15

    These numbers dont justify anything. Exxon made $40B so its ok to drive off at the pump???

  10. rizz
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:16

    Sure it justifies something…

    Just goes to show that if anything, pirating has helped improve the profits and revenues of these movie companies.

  11. Seanb
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:17

    Vic, that’s such a non starter. We dont walk into movie stores and steal the movies off thier shelf, we just make our own copies. If i could make my own gasoline out of lawn trimmings without the right patents, we might be able to make a comparison here.

  12. Viranth
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:19

    hah, they will just say that it could have been x % more if there were no piracy.

    Because as we all know, EVERYONE who downloads would have seen the movie in the theater, if not on the computer. *sigh*

  13. Anathema
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:20

    9$ a ticket? What the hell! its 14$ here!.

  14. Dam
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:22

    “Sure it justifies something…

    Just goes to show that if anything, pirating has helped improve the profits and revenues of these movie companies.”

    Yeh, that or the general population is growing, the prices are inflating and the media business is expanding with new and bigger cinemas etc.

  15. k
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:28

    And they dare to say piracy is killing the entertainment industry. My arse, yes.

  16. donkey?
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:31

    14$ aint nuffin its £10 here that = about 20$ over there me thinks
    then theres the cost of the food £5, taxi home another £5 pfft… id rather just order the dam film off ebay how much is that? hmmm £5 ??

    im just cheap lmao

  17. Caffro
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:34

    Here its about €11…which is about $16….rip off eh ?

  18. stimpy
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:38

    @9 if the lazy bastards came out of their silly little shell,morrison ,tesco shops and actually gave some service ie fill your car up for you then there wouldnt be any drive offs. all they want to do is sit in a warm shop while we fill up in the pissing down rain and wind etc then cream off the profits.

  19. Human_Bean
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:43

    So much money made out of many mediocre movies! This just means we`re not piracing enough. :p

  20. Hawking - Master Of The Universe
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:44

    I pay £11.99 a month at Cineworld for unlimited screenings (I watch about 7 – 12 movies a month)

  21. baldo
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:45

    Way to go Flaite!

  22. miles
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:46

    the cineworld deal is proper good!

  23. sam
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:49

    And half of that $27 billion will go to paying lawyers to go after small time torrent sites filled with noobs downloading the latest “Stomp The Yard” movie.

  24. Matt
    March 6th, 2008 | 19:57

    I wish half of the 27 billion would go to me :(

    I think we need to make a goal for this year to decrease sales of movies until they start releasing better ones…

  25. spacebucket1000
    March 6th, 2008 | 20:07

    I downloaded over 120 movies last year and only went once to the cinema payed nine euros to see 30 days of night which was bad . this year im going to make a effort to save €9 maybe i will donate it to charity ….. maybe lol

  26. john dykes
    March 6th, 2008 | 20:19

    some movies are actually worth going to the cinema for, some are simply not worth the money. some movies are meant to be watched on a large screen, some can be watched on a puny 15″ laptop or iPod.

    at the end of the day, i will do as i feel. if i feel that a movie deserves to be seen in the cinema, then i’d happily pay for it.

  27. March 6th, 2008 | 20:25

    @Gaius: i don’t plan doing this – it’s just an utterly boring legal talk with links to pages / torrents they want to remove. i don’t even read many of them and instantly delete it from my mailbox.

  28. spacebucket1000
    March 6th, 2008 | 20:43

    @martin good post as always
    the guys at the pirate bay have emails that were sent/replied to them on there site and some are quiet funny !!!! http://thepiratebay.org/legal

  29. Vic@NFL.COM
    March 6th, 2008 | 20:46

    If you want to justify something it should be pirates vs pirates that makes everything fair game.

    The top movie listed is Spiderman and they don’t even want to pay Stan Lee for his work.

    @11 Seanb
    Patents and copyrights don’t apply to personal use. Only when you sell and/or distribute does it become a legal issue.
    If you want to make your own gas its perfectily fine, we call it moonshine here and it’s made in a still.
    Here is a patent for ya….

    I don’t hurt puppies…..

  30. Dislocker
    March 6th, 2008 | 21:01


    too bad they haven’t updated that page for years. they must receive emails now as well.

  31. synonymous
    March 6th, 2008 | 21:17

    Damn piracy, now the movie makers are losing money… Oh wait, they’re actually making MORE money. The RIAA and MPAA need to just STFU once and for all.

  32. R3D
    March 6th, 2008 | 21:35

    hmm, if u convert we pay around $3 for a movie. Its a shame our economy is seeing its arse so you need to get 3 jobs to save up the $3 over a few months :P

  33. thadc
    March 6th, 2008 | 21:53

    Piracy leads to instant advertising for the movie industry. I’m sure everyone recommends a movie to their friends if they thought it was good and in turn their friends recommend the movie to others as well. And the people that downloaded the movie in the first place still go to the theatres the same amount of times anyways. Thats why they’re making more money!!!

  34. romath
    March 6th, 2008 | 23:09

    Martin (and others), I wouldn’t be so quick to quote these figures against the MPAA. If the US population is growing about 2.8 million/yr and the number of admissions are holding steady, then the rate of movie going per person is going down. Revenue growth is the result of a countermeasure to that falling rate, i.e., increased prices. They may spin it in their PR, but such tactics can only be a temporary measure, all the more so as a recession or worse sets in. There are no doubt a number of factors involved with relatively declining admissions (flat absolutely), but it’s hard to imagine that P2P sharing is not one of them.

  35. Lips
    March 6th, 2008 | 23:20

    In London tickets are around £12.50 to £15, thats $30!!

  36. false prophet
    March 6th, 2008 | 23:42

    Greedy corprate pigs! Via movie priacy!!!!

  37. passerbyeus
    March 6th, 2008 | 23:57

    They would have made $27,000,000,500 but that 1% is what I made last years in the movie buisness………

  38. clever
    March 7th, 2008 | 02:46

    @ 18 (Stimpy).

    I wouldn’t complain too much if I were you. In Australia there is no such thing as a service station attendant that fills your car up for you. It’s all self service around here.

    but back on topic, I still go to the movies the same amount that I ever did. When I download movies it’s only because I wouldn’t have paid to go see it otherwise.

    Australian Cinema Price: $15.50 AUD

    = $14.42 USD
    = £7.17 GBP
    = €9.37 EUR

    That is the Adult price for my local cinema. Some of the less popular complex’s are cheaper and of course it’s cheaper again if you go to the drive in.

  39. dilligaf
    March 7th, 2008 | 04:02

    a whole lot more people saw “mad money” than we all thought rofl

  40. MrMcphisto
    March 7th, 2008 | 04:35

    $13 to see the movie
    $15 for popcorn and pop
    Free someone talking or kicking your seat

    Being able to pause the movie to take a piss


  41. Dorje
    March 7th, 2008 | 08:56

    he he so <piracy = <$$$$$$ cool. I’m happy to help.

    I used to watch boring tv. Now I watch boring movies and boring tv I dl with no commercials. At least I’m getting a few minutes of life back or something and yes I can piss at will lol. But lets not be too cynical every 5th movie or so is pretty good. I think the average has gone up since RLS, at least there’s no more fakes. Thanks Martin!

    If MPAA lawyers had half a brain they’d put their movies on the net for free and force us to watch commercials but then they might be out of a job.

    I’m sure the bean counters and lawyers will properly interpret the meaning behind the numbers for us shortly. It’ll prolly sound something like #34.

  42. N@Te
    March 7th, 2008 | 10:35

    @20 Yeah i pay my cineworld card every month aswell which covers me for a good few films a month usually around the 5-10 mark. While they are making billions why chase the people that just want to watch the movies when they please either before or after they are in the cinema

  43. MoneyGrubber
    March 7th, 2008 | 16:14

    The point here should be the amount… 27 BILLION. If the studios paid actors a reasonable amount, charged a reasonable amount to see the movie and theaters charged a reasonable amount for concessions I might go more often.

    When going to the theater was a good deal I went more often. Now I feel taken advantage of if I pay that amount.

  44. travma
    March 9th, 2008 | 12:31

    You have to consider that from many aspects to just view a movie is not add anything to human civilazation not even add anything to a person. All movies presence some fantastical nonsense and lie. We don’t have a few of them but millions of movies. And we hunt for the “new” one. What about for the previous. Are we see them? What about local country movies? Do we try to live inside movies?

    All the billions of hours we spend just to view good and bad “movies”. All the billions of hours we spend just to produce actors, filming, industry etc.

    They get all money. I have nothing to do with it. But they also steal my time, my thoughts and my dreams. And my time is part of my life. I think my life worth more than 27 billion because all the money of the world can’t built just one life. And by ‘life’ I don’t mean social life but living life.

    Imaginal civilazation comes up….

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