On Oct. 20, 16 films were released theatrically in the U.K., a box office battle that, among other things, pitted an action movie (“Geostorm”) against an art film (“I Am Not a Witch
”), a doc (“Dina”), a satire (“The Death of Stalin
”), a teen romp (“Access All Areas”) and a horror pic (“Happy Death Day
”). This situation is worth noting since the U.K. release schedule alone seems to have reached critical mass. According to British writer-researcher Stephen Follows
, the U.K. released some 821 films theatrically last year, almost 100 more than the 736 released in the U.S.
“This means that if you saw a new movie every morning and every afternoon on every single day of the year, you would still miss 91 new movies,” Follows notes dryly on his blog.
Add to this the rapacious acquisitions made by Netflix and Amazon Studios
and the chances of even getting audiences in the door start to dwindle even more. An