Cable Guy Aside for the Film Industry, It Was a Very Good Year
Aliens and tornadoes were Hollywood's heroes in 1996 as "Independence Day" and "Twister" conquered duds like "The Cable Guy" and "Striptease" to lead the film industry to a record $5.8 billion year.
Megahits were the key, with 12 films breaking the $100 million mark in North American ticket sales, industry observers said.
"The momentum created by these blockbusters set the pace for the year," said Paul Dergarabedian of Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc., which tracks movie receipts. The number of tickets sold also rose, reversing 1995's slight decline. "It's been a tremendous year for the industry, even with the Olympics biting into the late-summer box office," …
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Publication information: Article title: Cable Guy Aside for the Film Industry, It Was a Very Good Year. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: January 2, 1997. Page number: 36. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.