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The Poor Little Rich MPAA

February 24, 2011

The eye of Sauron, watching you buy bootlegs out of someone's trunk.

The MPAA (that’s the Motion Picture Association of America, most often recognized for the ratings system) put out a press release yesterday announcing how much money they made last year. The economy is terrible, bit-torrent downloads are rampant and Netflix is giving away everything for free, so they must be so sad to have only raked in…..$31.8 billion globally.

Despite a weak economy, shifting business models, and the ongoing impact of digital theft, we had another record year at the global box office driven by growth outside the U.S. and Canada.

I like how they add outside of U.S and Canada, as if to imply that overseas is doing great but here at home we’re sapping dollars from them with our pirating ways. Oh wait, except for this:

John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, added: “The domestic theatrical market continues its strong performance. Box office has grown for four of the past five years, setting records in three of them. It has surpassed $10.5 billion for the past two years. The industry’s investments in digital cinema and 3D have begun to show dividends, with 3D releases doubling their share of the box office.

So as long as you see a 3D movie in the theater a couple times a year, don’t sweat those free downloads – the industry is doing just fine. Well, except for Roger Ebert, who will have to go on blood pressure medication to deal with the ever expanding 3D movement.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2011 6:20 pm

    Instead of playing my tiny violin I think I will bit torrent a video of a tiny orchestra playing a tiny violin concerto.

  2. February 24, 2011 6:36 pm

    Did they ever bother to annoint a president?

  3. February 25, 2011 8:29 am

    annoint haha

  4. Augustus permalink
    February 26, 2011 1:57 pm

    I still don’t even understand what the hell the MPAA does, other than skim money away from other people’s work.

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