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Hollywood Plagued by ‘Sequelitis,’ ‘R-Rated Curse,’ Suffers Steepest Summer Slump of Modern Era

By Craig Bannister | August 29, 2017 | 10:45am EDT

The failure of sequels (“sequelitis”) and R-rated movies sickened summer box-office receipts, a new report on Hollywood’s woes reveals.

This summer’s 16% slump in domestic revenue is the worst of the modern era, analysis by The Hollywood Reporter shows:

“The sequelitis virus that first invaded Hollywood last year only grew worse this summer. A number of franchise installments underperformed domestically, including Transformers: The Last Knight ($132 million), The Mummy ($80.1 million) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($172 million). While Pirates 5 certainly fared the best, it paled in comparison to the previous installments.”

‘The only film to break the R-rated curse was Malcolm D. Lee's Girls Trip, from Universal and producer Will Packer, which has earned $108.1 million to date.”

Even big-name stars couldn’t save R-rated comedies like “Baywatch,’ “The House” and “Rough Night,” the article notes.

In all, domestic box-office revenue is down nearly six percent in 2017.

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