This year's summer box office, which runs from the first Friday in May to Labor Day, might be the first year in over a decade where sales don't past the $4-billion mark. Usually hotter weather helps sell more tickets and this Summer has been the hottest in recent years but still it didn't help.
In fact, the box office is on track to rake in $3.78-billion, the lowest amount since 2006. It's not just the summer that's slumping, either. So far in 2017, the box office is 5.7% behind last year, and 14% behind for the summer. By the end of the upcoming Labor Day weekend, projections have it finishing even lower, with ticket sales 15.7% behind 2016.