"Batman Begins" (search) opened at the theaters in the last few days and since it's a big mega hit, they're thinking of remaking the old batman episodes with the new mega star — Christian Bale (search).
Even though "Batman" is the big hope of the movie industry, the bad news is that the box office was big, but not so big as to make Hollywood happy.
That news plus the news that for the umpteenth month in a row movie attendance is down tells us something and it's something movie people ought to know: It's no fun going to movies anymore.
It's true. Adults discovered this shocker a few years ago, but the movie industry got along on teenagers for a while. After all, they like to get out of the house.
But what's fun about a movie theater? People's cell phones go off, they talk like they were at home and the last time I stood in line for tickets, two woman in front of me got in a fist fight.
Who needs it?
So the mature audience — people like me — they figured out they can buy a huge flat screen and a nice DVD player and they can stay at home and see the movies they need to see to be able to stay in most conversations and they don't have to worry about telling someone to turn their cell phone off and getting shot.
Now kids are evidently discovering this stuff, too. The evidence is that even they have stopped going to theaters — or a certain number of them have.
So what if this is a trend? What happens if Hollywood has to face the fact that a very small number of people will actually go into a large darkened room with several hundred total strangers?
Will Hollywood make better movies? That might help a bit. But what if that doesn't matter?
What happens if Hollywood discovers that your living room and your flat screen and your DVDs are more attractive to you than that place where they can charge you a fortune to see their movie?
I'd like to think it will make them a little more humble, but probably not.
They'll probably just figure out a way to charge even more for that DVD.
That's My Word.
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