I hear a lot of people give reasons (or excuses!) why they don’t go see movies the first weekend they come out. However, I firmly believe that whether you’re a true film buff or just a casual movie goer, seeing a movie on opening weekend is more important than ever. Here’s why.

1. If you snooze, you lose.

These days there are so many movies coming out every week, which means that movies usually don’t have very long on the screens any more. I remember ten years ago, you could go see a movie almost a month after it was released, and it would still be playing at the big theaters in town.  Not so any more.

I hear a lot of people complaining about how they wanted to go see a movie, but by the time they were ready to get out of the house and go to the theater, it had already been replaced by the next big movie.

You simply have to be a little more proactive about it. Keep up with the release dates of movies you want to see. Most people can store important dates in their phones. Just plan ahead a little more, and you can see the movies you want while they are still in theaters.

2. Support the Box Office.

I know most people don’t care about doing this. Hollywood is already making so much money, so why should you care about adding your $8 to a film’s box office records?

Box office reports have always been important in the movie world. However, it’s more important now than ever. If a movie doesn’t explode on opening weekend with ticket sales, the studios consider it a failure.

It could very well be a great movie, one that you’re interested in seeing, but since you didn’t go on the opening weekend, it will not only be pulled from the screens early, it also tells the film industry that people weren’t interested in that type of film and they won’t be making any more like it.

As a film goer, you have a lot more power than you might think. Big studios will make movies according to what makes money. So if you want a certain type of film to be made, you have to take a stand and put your money toward the box office sales in the first weekend.

3. To see it on the biggest screen available.

This may be a little of my OCD coming out, but I absolutely despise watching a movie on a smaller screen. I pay the same amount of money for both screens. I don’t want to see it on a tiny screen with the aisle cutting down the middle of the theater, inhibiting me from sitting in the exact center. If it’s the same price, I would rather have the pristine movie experience.

I follow how long movies stay on the bigger screens. In fact, I have actually memorized all of the theater numbers that I will actually go to and which ones to avoid. The majority of movies will only be on the biggest screen the first weekend, and then they’re gone. If there aren’t a lot of people going to them, they get moved to the teeny tiny screens. If it’s on a small screen, you might as well just watch it on a TV.

Do you go see movies opening weekend? Why or why not?

Rachel M Taylor

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Rachel is a writer/director. She loves character driven movies and really good cheese.

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