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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It feels like every year we pull out our crystal balls and predict the massive underwhelming box office disappointment to come. It’s no secret that traditional theatrically-released films have seen less attendance ever since the TV came out all those decades ago. You need only look at this chart down below, which was created based on data from the article “The Decline in Average Weekly Cinema Attendance” back in 2002, to see this trend.

And most of those years didn’t even see the sheer amount of content creation that we do these days with streaming TV, video games, and ebooks. Seriously, the competition for your eyes has never been more heated. With that in mind, we go into an interesting piece of news from Variety, who is reporting that the 2019 North American box office has declined 22.1% as of today.

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However, before you panic, there is a logical reason for this: There simply hasn’t been a big hit yet. By this time last year, Black Panther had already blown the doors off the cinemas with its $202 million opening weekend, which is in stark contrast with Alita: Battle Angel‘s disappointing $27 million weekend haul.

Also , by comparison, this year’s biggest film so far is Glass with $105 million domestic haul thus far. So while it may seem pretty bad, we have to keep in mind that March will see Captain Marvel hit and April will see Shazam and Avengers: Endgame hit. That’s not even mentioning Spider-Man: Far From Home, or the other family films like Toy Story 4 and How to Train Your Dragon that will hit. So yeah, while it’s slow, there is plenty more to go.

What do you think of this report? Are you worried for the box office in North America? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.