Fandango’s movie rating system is inflated by rounding

In case you missed the news, Fandango just bought Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster. This is a big deal because it now combines one of the nation's largest movie ticket buying experiences with one of the most popular movie rating and discussion websites. For most people, this won't be much of a big change, but to studio execs, this could translate to big bucks at the theater. Why? Because Fandango has a history of inflating its movie ratings. And now with Rotten Tomatoes in hand, it's very possible that Fandango will incorporate Rotten Tomatoes ratings and skew those to convince people that a movie might not be as bad as people have heard/read elsewhere.