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Hollywood's summer slate elicits a collective yawn from filmgoers
Hollywood's summer slate elicits a collective yawn from filmgoers

Not even superheroes could save Hollywood this summer. The movie industry suffered its worst May-to-Labor Day season since 1997, after adjusting for inflation. U.S. ticket sales dropped 15% compared with last summer. It was a disappointment for an industry that had hoped movies with giant robots, mutants and talking apes would follow up last year's stellar season with another blockbuster summer. Even more telling, no film crossed the $300-million mark domestically for the first time since 2001. That's despite much-hyped releases such as 20th Century Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," Paramount Pictures' "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and Sony...

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