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Summer box-office slump: Five lessons to take away
Summer box-office slump: Five lessons to take away

After an onslaught of interstellar bad guys, shape-shifting robots, giant monsters and costumed villains, the galaxy is safe and sound — but the state of the summer box office is another matter. This year's lackluster May-to-Labor Day movie season finished as the worst since 1997 (adjusting for inflation), with U.S. ticket sales dropping 15% from last year's record summer. What went wrong — and what, if anything, went right? Here are five takeaways from Hollywood's slow summer. 1. The highlights weren't very high: For the third year in a row, a movie from Disney-owned Marvel Studios — in this case "Guardians of the Galaxy" — ruled the...

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