Newswire: German theaters boycott Avengers: Age Of Ultron, The Force Awakens might be next
In what is clearly the worst thing a group of Germans has ever done, Variety reports that independent theater owners in the European state are boycotting Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a boycott that may soon extend to all Disney-distributed titles. (Yes, even The Force Awakens.)
They are doing so not because they hate making money, or because, as Germans, they feel that two hours and 22 minutes is much too long of a break from work. No, they’re boycotting what they call Disney’s increasingly usurious approach to rental fees. According to theater owners, Disney has raised its rental fee from 47 percent of ticket sales to 53 percent, a cost that, combined with other moves on Disney’s part, like cutting its contribution towards advertising costs and no longer offering advances on 3-D glasses, is enough to drive them out of business.
About 700 movie screens, a mere …