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Most MoviePass Subscribers Have Gone To a Movie They Normally Would've Ignored (exstreamist.com) 45

Extremist surveyed 1,311 current self-reporting MoviePass subscribers and found that 82% of subscribers have gone to a movie they normally would have ignored. 13% of respondents said "No," while 5% were "Not Sure." From the report: While theaters are only reporting a slight uptick in foot traffic since MoviePass got popular, there is no denying that there are now more butts in seats of movies that otherwise might not get as much foot traffic. Perhaps the real winner in a world with MoviePass is the box office rake for "bad" movies. If you are a MoviePass subscriber, have you noticed yourself attending movies you otherwise wouldn't pay directly to see?
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Most MoviePass Subscribers Have Gone To a Movie They Normally Would've Ignored

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    you don't get too choosy.

    • [When you get your whores at 5 for a dollar] you don't get too choosy.

      I avoid them because they're diseased (MPAA).

      Stop spreading MPAA-gonorrhea. This strain is antibiotic resistant and virulent. It even causes gangrene of US copyright law and brain-syphilis among US lawmakers. It's spreading across the planet via US trade policies and treaties and causing societies the world over to rot like week-old fish.

      Strat

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by JMJimmy ( 2036122 )

      Jokes aside, this is revealing. It indicates that the price of a ticket is keeping the majority of people away from the theatre for all but the truly "must see" movies.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    In my family's case, this is completely accurate. We are definitely going to movies that we would have otherwise passed over. I can also confirm this is the case for the five other friends that I know who use MoviePass.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's almost over. Businesses are like any other entity, their input must at least equal their output or they will cease to exist.

  • I'd love MoviePass in the UK. At university our cinema society had 70mm projects and put on films almost every night. I'd nip upstairs from the computer lab, take money at the door then go in and act as the door guard during the showing.

    Meant I got far more leg room, sitting by the aisle, rarely got interrupted and got to see a lot of films - many of which I'd never had paid to see.

    If you love cinema it's a no brainer. Sure, there are a lot of films that just aren't that good, but there are plenty that are

  • by mentil ( 1748130 ) on Saturday May 26, 2018 @06:26AM (#56677658)

    These people aren't necessarily going to 'bad' movies (whatever that means). Friends get together and want to do something. Hey, why not see this movie, at no additional cost since you all have MoviePass? Or, SO wants to see this RomCom which you have NO interest in but decide to go if it's free and you get brownie points with the SO. Or, you're totally unsure about some film that's polarizing or only for a certain kind of person (Oscar bait, genre-busting films etc.) and you figure for the low cost of free it's worth maybe checking out. Or you were normally just gonna wait for the home video release, and figure it's actually cheaper to see it in the theater.
    The issue's moot since they're likely to run out of cash in the next month unless someone invests in them/buys them out for some crazy reason. The MPAA might have enough sway to resurrect the concept in exchange for negotiating vastly-reduced ticket prices, otherwise I don't see it being profitable. And that's unlikely to happen until movies stop breaking sales records every single year. Unless Marvel manages to Guitar Hero itself, I don't see that happening in the near future.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 26, 2018 @08:03AM (#56677870)

    My brother has it and definitely goes to movies he wouldn't have before. "Just because I can," he says. More interestingly though, he says he doesn't watch movies the same way anymore, whether he would have gone or not. The wider exposure has started him thinking about the quality of aspects of movies too, plot, character development, etc., not just the entertainment of it. He's a much more informed movie goer and critic or describer of the movies. It's not just good or bad anymore, but nuanced and informed about what's good and bad in each movie. Plus he usually buys a beer or two at them, which he definitely would not have done in the past.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    is that I would buy more concessions if I had a movie pass. Now I pay admission and think twice about buying popcorn. If I went with a pass, I would more often buy popcorn and a soda, or beer being as I am in Germany!

    Usually I go every two months to the cinemas. I would like to go more, but at between 10 and 14 Euro a ticket, I mostly decide to watch something on streaming or rent it from the library for free instead. If I could pay say 100 Euro a year and go as often as I liked, I would probably go twice a

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      is that I would buy more concessions if I had a movie pass. Now I pay admission and think twice about buying popcorn. If I went with a pass, I would more often buy popcorn and a soda, or beer being as I am in Germany!

      Usually I go every two months to the cinemas. I would like to go more, but at between 10 and 14 Euro a ticket, I mostly decide to watch something on streaming or rent it from the library for free instead. If I could pay say 100 Euro a year and go as often as I liked, I would probably go twice a

  • I did however use a Virgin cinemas pass when I still lived in Dublin. They sold a 4 or 8 week pass, with which you could see as many movies as you wanted. Can't remember the price, but it was worth it.

    I saw a good few movies that I wouldn't otherwise have paid for, many of which I really enjoyed. It was about then I learned to ignore what the critics say.

    I think I used a similar thing in uni in London - I remember seeing a good few independent films.

    • I saw a good few movies that I wouldn't otherwise have paid for, many of which I really enjoyed. It was about then I learned to ignore what the critics say.

      You don't ignore them, you use them like a newspaper. You take their biases into account, and decide what you will think of the movie based on how your tastes differ. That requires becoming familiar with a movie reviewer, but as long as they watch everything you're interested in, you only need to know one. Siskel & Ebert used to provide probably the best show for this purposes since they had different tastes, and they would point out each other's biases for you.

  • by rally2xs ( 1093023 ) on Saturday May 26, 2018 @09:51AM (#56678108)

    Why? Because I saw almost everything anyway. My movie admission cost for January was about $85, when a lot of movies came out. Somewhat less in February, around $65 if I remember right. Moviepass is saving me a ton of money, but I don't expect it to last. I've got my annual $105.35 paid back already, and the rest is just gravy. I expect them to go belly-up in a few more months, the whole concept being impossible from the get-go. But I'll enjoy it while it last.

  • I don't have Movie Pass, but I found a newly renovated theater near me that is only $5 before 6PM, most others on Long Island are $9 or $10 if they even have a matinee discount at all, so I've been going to see alot more movies than I usually would. I sued to only go once a year, now I go once a month. My kids almost never saw the inside of a theater so they are going a lot more too, $20 seems a lot better than $40 or more. So of course people are going to see movies they normally wouldn't.

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