It's possible that a lot of people share my lack of interest in ape stories, or that, as the performance of Godzilla suggested, the public is less interested in seeing rampaging giant beasts in New York than some people seem to believe.
There is still a chance that, since the movie is supposedly good, word of mouth will make it the new Titanic. But never mind that for now. Here is the interesting part:
Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong" did out-gross the opening weekend of his "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," the first of his J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy trilogy that debuted with $47.2 million. But factoring in a 12% rise in admission prices since that 2001 film's release, "King Kong" sold about 7.9 million tickets, 450,000 fewer than "Fellowship of the Ring."
Movie ticket prices have gone up 12% in the last four years? 12% since the first Lord of the Rings? Has inflation gone up 12%? Have wages gone up 12%? And they seriously wonder why fewer people are willing to shell out for bad movies?