With more computer-animated features released this year than at any time in history, families have concluded that they can afford to see only so many and are steering clear of recent ones, some movie executives have concluded. In an interview with London's Financial Times, News Corp president Peter Chernin commented: "You're just seeing too many [animated] movies in the market, and the average box office ... is coming down." Even Pixar's Cars, one of the biggest hits of the summer with $234 million in ticket sales, appeared to be affected by the deluge. Entertainment analyst Dennis McAlpine told the FT: "It should have opened a little bigger, and it should have lasted a little longer." Likewise Dreamworks Animation's Over the Hedge was regarded as a disappointment, even though it took in $150 million.




11/08/2006