Geek-Cetera By Jan. 5, 2015 5:30 pm
The box office is boned, long live your couch | Geek-Cetera | Geek.com

As more people construct home theater setups in their living rooms thanks to increasingly cheap hardware and an abundance of streaming media services, movie theaters are suffering. While the 1.26 billion movie tickets Americans purchased in 2014 may seem like a healthy amount, it represents the lowest box office attendance in the past two decades.

Back in 1995, box office sales sank to 1.21 billion tickets — a year that saw the release of classics like BraveheartToy StorySevenCasino, the timeless Clueless, the Die Hard that taught everyone how to do water weight puzzles and also happens to be the best of the series, everyone’s favorite movie licensed for a video game (that isn’t AladdinGoldeneye, and the most fun movie about a board game, Jumanji. The year also taught us how to hack the Gibson in everyone’s favorite tech movie Hackers, and we saw Johnny Cage do a crotch punch on the silver screen in Mortal Kombat. Last year saw the release of future classics, like the cinematic experiences Boyhood and Birdman, giant comic book blockbusters that are legitimately good films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the hysterical and charming The Lego Movie, and the surprisingly good Edge of Tomorrow.

So, why is 2014 black marks on box office history?

In-the-know industry vets point toward some summer blockbusters underperforming, like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction. It also doesn’t help that it’s becoming much easier to have a theater-like setup at home — and you can pause to pee, eat whatever you want, and don’t have to go through the trauma of putting on pants and getting your shoes stuck to floors.

While 2014 marks the biggest year-over-year decline in box office sales in nearly a decade, it’s only down five percent from 2013. The box office may not be doomed, but year-over-year declines are a portent of what’s to come — or maybe the next Spider-Man just won’t be as bad and everything will be fine.

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