People are always complaining about the cost of concessions when going out to the movies. Paying $10 dollars or more for the ticket itself and then shelling out another $15 for popcorn and drinks seems extravagant. Some people have it in their heads that movie theaters are just out to rob you. However, boycotting theaters or just going to cheap matinees doesn’t solve anything.
Where does all that money go? For starters, knowing how stuff works, is a great way to delve deeper into the economics of theater topic. To put it in a nutshell for the common man: The only thing keeping theater’s running is concession sales.
You think that theater’s get 50% of ticket sales? Wrong. They may only get that much after the fourth or fifth week. The money we spend on tickets goes to pay for the movie itself. Not to mention the commercials before the movie. It all goes to pay for Jennifer Lawrence’s ten million dollar salary for Catching Fire. It goes to pay for the CGI that usually ruin the movies anyway. (Remember Star Wars Remastered?)
The public pays to see the movie, the public pays to buy or rent the DVD, the public ends up pumping their hard earned greenbacks into the entertainment machine so that the process can begin all over again. The next time you go out to enjoy a movie with friends or that special someone, don’t complain about the cost of Raisinets, if it wasn’t for the concessions there wouldn’t be a theater.