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Heroes of Hollywood's Summer Box Office (in a Half Shell)

Hollywood is suffering from overcrowding during its key season

Illustration by Josh Freydkis

The summer of 2014 was a disappointment for Hollywood. For the first time in 12 years, domestic box office revenues for the month of July failed to reach $1 billion. June’s total was higher, at $1.06 billion, but still off a hefty 16 percent from 2013. There has been some good news of late, however: Revenues for August, when the summer blockbuster deluge usually winds down, are on track to break $1 billion for the first time ever, helped by two flicks about unlikely teams of misfits: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy.