The economic downturn and rampant film piracy have done nothing to stop people going to the movies, in fact the North American domestic box-office alone crossed the $10 billion mark yesterday for the first time ever reports Reuters.
With over a week to go including the bumper Christmas weekend, 2009 is already well ahead of 2008’s $9.63 billion in earnings and is expected to end up at around $10.4 billion for the year. The previous record holder was 2007 with $9.7 billion.
Internationally the figures are even rosier, sales standing at $15 billion in earnings outside North America as of last Sunday, that’s well ahead of 2008’s $14.3 billion.
Warners is proving the studio of the year, in big part thanks to hits “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “The Hangover”, with the studio scoring a 19.6% market share and more than $1.9 billion in ticket sales thus far. Paramount and Sony came second and third, both with around 14.5% shares and $1.44 billion in revenue.
Paramount however is making the best of what they have, scoring an average of $112 million per film, easily ahead of nearest rival Warners with $72.6m per film.
Nothing comes close to “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” for sales, the robot sequel taking in $402 million, easily ahead of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” at #2 with $302 million. “Up,” “The Hangover,” “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and “Star Trek” all crossed the $250 million mark.