Just so you all know, tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest may have been the biggest grossing movie of the year and briefly set off a wave of “the blockbuster still rules” articles, but as Chris Anderson says, it’s not enough to save Hollywood as a whole. When you take Pirates tickets – not grosses but pure, unadulterated tickets – out of the equation, sales would be down 15 percent this year. Even including those sales the numbers are down nine percent. As I said a while ago, blockbusters are more or less over as a “this will shore up weak sales elsewhere” safe harbor and Hollywood would do well to shift to smaller, niche-driven movies.