Workers prepare a Boston street to shoot a scene for R.I.P.D. That film is one of many summer blockbusters that has underperformed.

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Hollywood's Billion-Dollar Bust: Why Are Summer Blockbusters Failing?

July 29, 2013

It's been a tough summer for summer movies. Films like "The Lone Ranger," "R.I.P.D." and "White House Down" have all been bludgeoned at the box office. With all its focus-grouping and market research, why can't Hollywood turn a reliable hit? Jim and Sue O'Connell talked with Garen Daly about it. Are you skipping the blockbusters? Going for indie films or at-home streaming instead? Leave a comment below, Tweet us or comment on our Facebook page.

Also on BPR:

  • Michael Goldman and former MA Treasurer Joe Malone talked politics.
  • Today aboard a plane en route to Rome, Pope Francis told the press he wouldn't "judge" gay priests. Jim and Sue asked callers if they thought it was a sea change for Catholicism, or business as usual. 
  • Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III talked about race and the Boston mayoral field.
  • WGBH's Adam Reilly offered an update on the James "Whitey" Bulger trial.

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