Imax CEO: Audiences Are Tiring of Grim Hollywood Tentpoles

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"Maybe people are getting a little sick of the post-apocalyptic, dark, angst-ridden, suicidal movies," Greg Foster said Tuesday

Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster has a note for the studios: movies have gotten too grim recently — and perhaps that should change.

"Maybe people are getting a little sick of the post-apocalyptic, dark, angst-ridden, suicidal movies. There's maybe a few too many of those," Foster said Tuesday during an appearance at the Bank of America 2014 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference.

The Imax exec added that tentpoles that performed well this summer, including Guardians of the Galaxy, "had a twinkle in their eye," or were mischievous and fun.

Foster said the Marvel superhero movie and other performers like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles won't save the U.S. box office in 2014.

But he predicted Hollywood movies will "pop" in 2015 with the Star Wars franchise, James Bond 24, the next Avengers film and The Hunger Games finale arriving in theaters.

Foster added that upcoming Hollywood tentpoles are not scheduled on top of one another as in recent years.

"When you have an Avengers, a Star Wars, a Bond, another Marvel title in Ant-Man, a Pan, Terminator and Fast and Furious 7 in one year, that's unbelievable," he predicted.

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