When I was a kid, we would go to the movies almost every weekend; not so anymore. It has been reported that the Movie industry is in a record slump. Almost every week this year has done worse than the year before.
Is it any wonder? Going to the movies is not what it used to be. If I take me and my date to go to the movies that's $20 just to walk into the door. Normally my girlfriend and I don't get any food but most people probably do and can expect to drop $10 on popcorn, drinks, etc. That's $30 for you and your date to go to the movies. You know what you can do with $30? That's like 4 rounds of minature golf. That's a whole lot of video games and air hockey. That's like 7 movie rentals or 1.5 months of Netflix.
There are just too many alternatives to going to the movies these days. Combine that with the fact that a lot of people have really sweet entertainment setups in their homes and that DVD's hit the shelves faster than they ever have, and well you can see why I only go to the movies when I really want to see something. And I don't want to hear about how Piracy is taking over. You know how long it takes to download a full-length high quality movie? Maybe a few college kids who run their computers all the time and have access to the University's high bandwidth but the average consumer just has a lot of options. Options that usually don't include crying babies and ringing cell phones.