Hollywood is crowing about the record-setting box office in 2013: "2013 was another record-setting year at the domestic box office." That's a 1.0 percent increase over 2012, and the North American market is set to break $11 billion for the first time ever.
DON'T BE FOOLED!!!!!!!!!!!
The cost of the average movie theater ticket was 3.2 percent higher in 2013 than in 2012. Which means that just to EQUAL last year's box office, movie theaters would need to bring in $11.184 billion in 2013. They didn't.
Disheartening factoid? Seven of the top 10 motion pictures this year were sequels.