26.12.09 - Fat cats of Hollywood are fatter than ever
2009 a record year at the box office
With all this talk of recession and piracy, you’d think 2009 would have been a bad year for Hollywood and the movie industry. Not so, with the latest figures showing a bumper year at the box office, with records both domestically and internationally.
According to Reuters, domestic box office takings are expected to pass the $10 billion mark for the first time ever. This would obviously set a new record, passing the previous record of $9.7 billion set in 2007.
Outside of North America, figures are expected to top $15 billion, well above last year’s sum of $14.3 billion. The busy Christmas schedule is expected to give these figures a final push to even greater highs.
Warner Bros. have had the best year, with big-hitters such as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Hangover bringing in $1.9 billion in ticket sales, which equated to a 19.6% market share.
However, Paramount is the most consistent studio, making on average $112 million per film, with Warners only managing $72.6m per film.
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