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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MPAA Reports Global Box Office Ticket Sales Reached An All Time High

MPAA Reports Global Box Office Ticket Sales Reached An All Time High

MPAA Reports Global Box Office Ticket Sales Reached An All Time High

Added: Saturday, March 13th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Looking back in time a few months ago the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), was looking at the state of the American film industry with doom and gloom, and that copyright infringements were costing the motion picture industry losses of approximately $7 billion a year, below is a quote from a statement they released in December 2009 by the MPAA,

“Our industry faces the relentless challenge of the theft of its creative content, a challenge extracting an increasingly unbearable cost.”

The blame for this was put down to the copyright infringements and illicit file sharing of their member’s works and materials. Thus leading to them to paint the picture that the movie industry in America was at an all time low and could be possibly heading into financial crisis and massive job losses

Coincidentally that was when they were looking to get $30 million funding from congress to finance the following,

$20 million for new state and local economic, high technology and Internet crime prevention grants
$8 million for new FBI agents targeting IP crimes
$2 million for new Department of Justice IP prosecutorial activities


Now move forward to today and in a new press statement from the MPAA, called “Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2009.” They have released figures for the revenues of the US movie industry for 2009, and these figures show that box office figures have actually increased significantly.

“Global box office receipts reached an all time high of $29.9 billion, an increase of 7.6% over 2008 and almost 30% from 2005.”

The figures for 2009 have now seen the growth of box office earnings grow for the fourth year in a row, and in each of these years setting new records for takings.

With the top 5 box office hits of 2009 in the U.S alone taking over a staggering $2 billion in revenue.

1. Avatar $723,744,022
2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197
4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,368,364
5. Up $293,004,164

Part of the record takings for 2009 is also due to the increase in the release and viewing of 3D films and the increase of digital screens. As this technology evolves and enhances and stimulates the viewing audiences the draw to the box office also increases.

In the report it also shows that the number of digital screens has increased by a massive 86% ,from 9000 in 2008 to 16,000 in 2009, and the tripling of the amount of 3D screens to a worldwide figure of 8,989,accounting for approximately 6% of the amount of screens worldwide.

As you can see from above this is an industry that is thriving, while continuing to show increased growth year after year, so can it be seen as an ailing industry? Is it only the MPAA who see this? Or do they just put on the doom and gloom and blame copyright infringement and file sharing when they need to secure funding?

Although it seems congress has fallen into the web of misinformation that the MPAA has been spinning, it seems that their member studio’s have not, as they have recently cut over $20 million off of the funding for the MPAA budget, leaving them with a budget of $75 million, half of which is spent on their war against piracy. Is it just me or is it a coincidence that at the same time congress gives funding to MPAA the studios cut almost the same amount of funding from them, leaving the taxpayers to foot the bill for the MPAA.

Even with the record breaking box office income, the massive increase in the number of theaters, can you still say that piracy is having a major impact on the motion picture industry in the US? Well I know I am not alone in saying that it doesn’t. But guess what? We are all now getting the blame from the MPAA for the decline in the number of motion pictures made in the US! In 2009 the number of films produced and released in the US fell by 12%, the first time this has happened since 2003.With the US producing only 20 more motion pictures than China.

According to the MPAA,

.” The decline is attributable in significant part to labor issues affecting the industry in
2007-08, the recession and the challenges to investment recovery due to rampant content theft, and the decline in DVD sales.”

Well my response to that is, although the quantity has declined, the actual quality of the films has increased, I personally I would rather watch two or three good quality films then watch a lot of poorer quality films.

For a detailed analysis of the 2009 MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics please visit our website at www.mpaa.org. Or PM me for a copy.

March 13th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Comments (13) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-03-13 11:45:07)
abking avatarThanks for the article

posted by Site Friend (2010-03-13 13:20:12)
magiccrack avatarThanx for sharing very nice article, yip ET's right, mpaa SUCK!!

posted by (2010-03-13 16:10:10)
FACOTIME avatarthats for the article , the mpaa sucks

posted by (2010-03-13 19:00:36)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarthanks for the read alf

posted by (2010-03-13 20:29:07)
netcobold avatardid there actually slip "please visit [b]our[/b] website at www.mpaa.org. Or PM me for a copy"?

What was it for whom you are working for uncle........?

lol, just joking, am I...... will get the article, you never know when you might need it - thanks

posted by (2010-03-13 20:44:55)
UnspokenElite avatarso many haters in this world. they need to leave us alone. oh and 4jimi, love your avatar yo!

posted by (2010-03-13 21:32:27)
No avatarthey think that copyright infringements affect ticket sales. only dvd's bluray releases are affected. people still wanted to see the movie in 3d or in high def cinema's

posted by (2010-03-13 23:20:08)
greenshadow avatarSo they make more money and still bitch. Plus less films were made, good hopefully this will stop the carbon copy films coming out.

posted by Site Friend (2010-03-14 10:07:52)
magiccrack avatar@ comment no# 5 : I think the error you thought in the main article is an actual Quote from mpaa ppl.

ET is theeee Place to be!

posted by (2010-03-15 05:39:18)
IrishTalian avatarGreat article! I was definitely schooled by this one lol! A lot of information I would have otherwise been completely unaware of...

posted by (2010-03-15 09:16:28)
Halos_Sunspot avatar"Well my response to that is, although the quantity has declined, the actual quality of the films has increased, I personally I would rather watch two or three good quality films then watch a lot of poorer quality films." --> I totally agree with this statement. This statistics should give those people(MPAA and the US Congress) a wake-up call and stop blaming file sharers

posted by (2010-03-15 13:29:42)
BenjaWiz avatarWhat greed there making record profits and it's still not enough what a shame their the one's if anyone have lost their moral values good god.

posted by (2010-03-16 04:27:19)
2canchu avatarAin't that 'bout a bitch. Thanks for the nfo you two.

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