The general consensus among movie critics may be that this year's Oscar-nominated movies are the best offerings from Hollywood in quite a while, but apparently, the American public doesn't share their opinion.
An online survey by Reuters/Ipsoshas revealed that two-thirds of Americans haven't seen a single one of the 11 films that will be competing for top honors at the 86th Academy Awards this Sunday at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre.
While the results may be surprising for some, those who kept an eye on last year's numbers from Hollywood got pretty much what they expected.
The domestic interest in Hollywood's own products suffered a major decline last year when the annual ticket sales took a hit of more than a billion dollars from the previous year and brought in just $9.49billion for the movie makers. In case you didn't know, that's their lowest revenue since 2006.
Even more startling is the fact that ticket sales in 2013 plummeted to 1.16 billion – the lowest figure in almost two decades of American cinema. Hollywood is historically taken as a recession proof industry, as even the financial crisis of 2007, that crippled most of the other markets, caused little harm to it.
Cinemagoers aren't turning up like they used to despite the fact that the offerings of 2013 were considerably better than preceding years.
The Aurora shooting of 2012 could also be a factor for some, but it's hard to believe that an isolated incident could bring such a major change in movie trends.
Another possible reason could be the rising ticket prices, but the one that makes the most sense is the dearth of originality. Of the nine movies in the Best Picture category, five were based on real life events. The American audience is now bored with remakes, sequels, prequels and comic book adaptations as the element of mystery has been eliminated, thus making the movies predictable.
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predicted last year that Hollywood is on the verge of 'implosion' and the Reuters' poll indicates that the pair could be right.