At least some people in Hollywood think so. Box office receipts were down enormously the first weekend in October. And they’re pointing fingers at…

Halo 3. Yeah, that one. In particular, there is speculation that the dismal showing of “The Heartbreak Kid” is attributable to the target audience staying home and playing H3 on their consoles.

Certainly, after Microsoft’s big campaign, the game sold a huge number of copies. And as the big draw of Halo 3 is online play, there’s no doubt that a lot of people are playing it.

But is that the only reason movie receipts are down? I find it hard to believe that any one game, even that one, could be responsible for a “whopping 27% below the same weekend the year before” and “the industry’s worst performance for an October weekend since 1999”.

Maybe the movies just don’t have the quality to draw in audiences. While I don’t go to the movies, I do look in on rottentomatoes.com now and then, and I’ve noticed that many films receive less than stellar ratings.

Further, going to the movies isn’t all that cheap these days. So while Halo 3 may have a part in the “big dip”, I don’t think it’s the only factor. But it does make for a convenient scapegoat. Read the article and see what you think.

Bad Box Office? Blame ‘Halo’ on Adage