NPR logo

Episode 552: Blockbusters, Bombs And The Price Of A Ticket

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/330680385/330788978" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Episode 552: Blockbusters, Bombs And The Price Of A Ticket

Podcast

Episode 552: Blockbusters, Bombs And The Price Of A Ticket

Save this episode (beta): Listen to this Later on Stitcher

Episode 552: Blockbusters, Bombs And The Price Of A Ticket

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/330680385/330788978" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Tickets for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" sold out in some theaters 20th Century Fox Film Corp. hide caption

toggle caption 20th Century Fox Film Corp.

The price of tickets for lots of things — baseball games, many Broadway musicals, plane trips — rises and falls based on how much demand there is.

But when you go to the movies, a ticket to the empty theater playing a bomb is exactly the same price as a ticket to the sold-out blockbuster.

On today's the show, we try to find out why.

Music: Daniel Reichard, Ensemble feat. Tituss Burgess's December 1963 [Oh, What A Night] and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons's "December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!)." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Spotify. Download the Planet Money iPhone App.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.