Even superheroes may not be able to save Hollywood’s desperate summer

At the time of year when queues usually form for popcorn and the money pours in, box office revenues are plunging. Where are the blockbusters?

As the summer film season draws to a close, Hollywood film bosses are set for some serious soul-searching: entering its penultimate weekend, the US summer box office is heading for its lowest return in more than a decade.

When the ticket stubs for summer are totalled up, they will paint a bleak picture: takings are expected to be down by as much as 15% year-on-year to an estimated $3.8bn. The heroics of summer hit Wonder Woman have failed to shore up a take for the period – the Hollywood summer typically runs from the first Friday in May to the Labor Day holiday in early September – that is $600m lower than last year.

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