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Mission Impossible

Box office is so bad, perhaps only Batman can save it

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2011's box office camp Harry Potter, grossed $381 million during its domestic run...which is less than what Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 grossed on its first day on sale

If Hollywood made a hospital movie, it would have to cast itself as the terminal patient. Box-office revenue in North America was down 4.9% in 2011 from the previous year, with the fewest tickets sold since 1992. The DVD cash cow is nearly milked dry, as audiences go for cheaper downloading and streaming formats. These are numbers the industry doesn't want to crunch but shred.

Here is a brief coroner's report:

1. Movies are seasonal entertainment.

No films released before the end of April and only two films released after Labor Day (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--Part 1 and Paranormal Activity...

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