If you feel like the time you spend sitting in movie theaters has been getting longer, you're not imagining it — you are.
This past holiday, if you went to theaters to see "Les Misérables,""Django Unchained," and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" you spent 492 minutes (537 if you account for an added 45 minutes of trailers and previews). That's nearly nine hours!
We've compared the length of the highest-grossing films and big theatrical releases of the past few years. The findings show we're more inclined to sit in theaters longer today to see the most-anticipated films of the year. And, the trend shows no sign of stopping.
Looking at the average movie length of the ten highest-grossing movies of each year for the past decade, Hollywood blockbuster's have gone from just under two hours to more than 130 minutes in length.
|"Home Alone 2"||120 minutes|
|"Batman Returns"||126 minutes|
|"Lethal Weapon 3"||118 minutes|
|"A Few Good Men"||138 minutes|
|"The Dark Knight Rises"||165 minutes|
|"The Hunger Games"||142 minutes|
|"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2"||115 minutes|
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