THE GOOD: Summer movie revenue worldwide is up. Studios rebounded from a dismally slow start to the year.
THE BAD: Domestic revenue rose only a fraction compared with the previous year’s. Actual movie attendance dropped for the fourth-straight year.
THE REASON: Audiences have more entertainment options than ever. Still, studio executives seem satisfied with the crowds that turned out this summer and talk hopefully about a strong finish to the year with new installments of “Twilight,” ”Sherlock Holmes” and other franchises.