The Fourth Of July Box Office Numbers Are Sickening

David Hookstead | Reporter

Hollywood had a great day at the box office this Fourth of July.

The Hollywood Reporter reported the following late Thursday:

There were major fireworks at the July Fourth box office this year as revenue reached its highest level in five years, including an uptick of 29 percent over 2017.

According to comScore, ticket sales for the day clocked in at $43.5 million, compared to $33.9 million in 2017, $40.9 million in 2016, $37.2 million in 2015 and $37.9 million in 2013. In 2013, revenue hit a record $63.1 million on July Fourth, thanks in large measure to the $24.5 million earned by Despicable Me 2.

The big earners this year were Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($11.5 million), Incredibles 2 ($9.6 million) and The First Purge, which posted an opening-day gross of $9.3 million.

Do you hear that sound off in the distance? That’s the sound of moviegoers making it rain cash on Hollywood. Having a $43.5 million day is nothing to sneeze at. Of course, we shouldn’t be overly surprised that we got a bit of a bump. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Incredibles 2” are bound to draw an audience. (RELATED: 
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I’m not against going to movies on the Fourth of July at all, but I didn’t realize so many people do. Why not catch the movie on the weekend? We got to celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, which wasn’t ideal.

However, I guess I just expected most people on the Fourth kicked back with some beers, grilled, hit up a party, maybe go for a swim and just chill out. I didn’t know Hollywood would rake in money this year.

For the record, I saw “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” I just wouldn’t have done it if the other option was to party for the Fourth of July. Sometimes you just have to get your priorities in the correct order.

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