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From the sense that movie studios are "dumping" poor-quality and limited-appeal films during those months
- (film) The two periods of the year, often described as January and February and mid-August through September, when new movie releases are either poor-quality, cheaply made, or intended for niche audiences, since low movie attendance limits the potential box office return.
- The first months of the year are known as the "dump months" in Hollywood.
- In the US, January is "dump month" at the movies.
- Welcome Back, Dump Months
- The cinematic version of the Friday Night Death Slot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office.