Hollywood rebounds in Netflix era with movies worth the trip to the box office

Hollywood observers feared the digital age had done what television, cable TV and VCRs couldn’t do in decades past: land an uppercut to Hollywood’s box office fortunes.

Box office tallies fell by 2.5 percent last year, which included the worst summer movie box office haul in a decade, according to Variety. “Netflix and chill” replaced “I’ll take two tickets for the new Will Smith film, please.”

One year later, the picture looks far less gloomy with a resurgence in ticket sales in the past 11 months.

As of Nov. 28, movie ticket revenue jumped 10.2 percent compared with the same period last year.

BoxOfficeGuru.com Editor Gitesh Pandya credits a trio of 2018 Disney releases that barged their way onto the all-time box office list. “Black Panther” (No. 3, with $700 million in gross ticket sales), “Avengers: Infinity War” (No. 4, with $679 million) and “Incredibles 2” (No. 9, with $607 million) kept turnstiles spinning this year.