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Hollywood Wraps Up $3.8 Billion Summer, Worst Since 2006

  • Labor Day weekend fizzles with less than $100 million in sales
  • Lack of big new releases hurt holiday weekend box office
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Labor Day Marks the End of Hollywood's Rough Summer

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The credits have rolled on Hollywood’s worst summer in a decade, closing out with a dismal Labor Day weekend that was the first in a generation without a big, new movie opening in wide release.

The summer’s $3.8 billion in box-office sales were a decline of almost 15 percent from a year earlier and the first time the season’s tally has dipped below the $4 billion mark since 2006, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at researcher ComScore Inc.