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Hollywood poised for record-breaking year at the box office (Best ever $9.682 BILLION)
NY Daily News ^ | 12/10/09 | Amy Eisinger

Posted on 12/10/2009 5:24:56 PM PST by Libloather

Hollywood poised for record-breaking year at the box office; 2009 set to best 2007's record intake
By Amy Eisinger
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Thursday, December 10th 2009, 3:26 PM

The Hollywood box office is having its best year in history, reports Hollywood.com Box Office. This week the box office grand total for 2009 is expected to hit $9.682 billion -- surpassing previous record holder 2007, when the tally was $9.68 billion.

With potential top-grossing holiday films still to come, Hollywood is bracing for their first $10 billion year ever. Movies that are still on the way this year include James Cameron's "Avatar," the star-studded "Nine," Disney's new "Princess and the Frog," currently only playing in New York and Los Angeles, and the action-packed "Sherlock Holmes."

Though the box office did see its typical slide after the Thanksgiving holidays, "The Blind Side" still managed to rake in $20.4 million over the weekend of December 4.

Other top grossing films of the year so far include, in descending order, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" in the top spot, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Up," and "The Hangover," with late November release "New Moon" on their heels in sixth place.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2009review; billion; boxoffice; disney; harrypotter; hollywood; movies; pixar; record; transformers
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I've yet to waste my first eight bucks on a movie this year.
1 posted on 12/10/2009 5:24:57 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
I've yet to waste my first eight bucks on a movie this year.

I haven't either, but I will be there Christmas Day for Sherlock Holmes.
2 posted on 12/10/2009 5:26:26 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Libloather

sounds like a lot of people have spending money.


3 posted on 12/10/2009 5:26:29 PM PST by Achilles Heel
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To: Libloather

I’m proud to say I haven’t been in a movie theater since 2006. No bucks from me.


4 posted on 12/10/2009 5:27:22 PM PST by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: Libloather
So when will the government go after these greedy capitalist?
5 posted on 12/10/2009 5:28:56 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Romak 7.62X54MM, AK47 7.62X39MM, LARGO 9X23MM, HAPINESS IS A WARM GUN BANG BANG YEA YEA)
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To: Achilles Heel

They DONT have money for mortgages and cars. Leaving lots for movies.


6 posted on 12/10/2009 5:30:21 PM PST by ROTB ("By any means necessary" is evil. See what God thinks of "rising oceans" in Jeremiah 5:22)
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To: Libloather

I wish they’d adjust for inflation when they say things like “best ever”. As an example, “Gone with the Wind” grossed just under $200 million - which is barely more than “New Moon” did in its first weekend. But, adjusted for inflation, I still don’t believe any movie has been more successful, financially, than GWTW.


7 posted on 12/10/2009 5:30:24 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: Libloather

Uh. I think it is 10 bucks now.


8 posted on 12/10/2009 5:32:10 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Libloather

Transformers was the only movie I saw at the moviehouse this year, all the others I waited for the Bluray, just saw Harry Potter the other day.


9 posted on 12/10/2009 5:36:18 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Would spring please arrive early, My new motorcycle awaits to run free and wild.)
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To: Libloather

Every year, due to inflation, should be a bigger year than the year before, if the same number of tickets is sold.

Estimate 3%-4% a year for “equal,” adjoining years.

3-D glasses this past year add an extra cost component that might also count as “revenue,” when they are required to view some movies.

My family is doing what it can to limit movies to matinees, Redbox, and the internet.


10 posted on 12/10/2009 5:37:04 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: Libloather

And that’s without a single solitary dollar from me! I’m rather proud of that!


11 posted on 12/10/2009 5:37:50 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Libloather

We took our 11 and 8 year old sons to see the new Transformers movie. They liked it. I thought it was horrible. Nothing but sexual innuendo and totally ridiculously fake CGI. I told them it’s the last movie we’re going to see. When they are old enough to get jobs and spend their own money, they can go see movies. Total waste of cash.

We get movies from Netflix for less than $10/month.


12 posted on 12/10/2009 5:38:12 PM PST by dnandell (I don't need no stinkin' tagline)
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To: randomhero97
I was looking forward to Sherlock Holmes; however, I read that the director has turned them into gays.

If true, we will spend no money for this one.

13 posted on 12/10/2009 5:44:39 PM PST by what's up
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To: Libloather
Daughter wanted to see "Nine," so we did. Okay. "Star Trek [whatever]" was better than expected, so I even watched it again on an airplane.
14 posted on 12/10/2009 5:44:54 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: what's up

Yikes, if that’s the case then I guess I won’t be going.


15 posted on 12/10/2009 5:46:00 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Libloather

Good luck to Hollyweird, I won’t be there. Unless Tom Selleck or Bruce Willis make a movie that is.


16 posted on 12/10/2009 5:47:46 PM PST by GunningForTheBuddha ("History teaches us that no one learns from history.")
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To: Libloather

We get our movies from Netflix. I saw Julie and Julia (lefty, but good), I think I may have seen a Harry Potter movie, and there was nothing else worth seeing. I do want to see The Road, though.


17 posted on 12/10/2009 5:47:57 PM PST by livius
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To: Achilles Heel

Is Big Movie paying their fair share? Fat cats making millions, paying off hack politicians, controlling the cost at the door.


18 posted on 12/10/2009 5:48:13 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: guitarplayer1953
So when will the government go after these greedy capitalist?

Sounds like a "windfall profit" situation if I've ever heard of one.
19 posted on 12/10/2009 5:49:38 PM PST by GunningForTheBuddha ("History teaches us that no one learns from history.")
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To: Libloather

I’m sure unemployment has nothing to do with those numbers. /s


20 posted on 12/10/2009 5:49:48 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Libloather

“Up” and the new “Harry Potter” were quite good.

There is still quality in childrens movies.


21 posted on 12/10/2009 5:50:33 PM PST by buwaya
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To: GunningForTheBuddha
Yep they need to take 50% of it or what ever they want to take from the oil companies when they have a windfall profit.
22 posted on 12/10/2009 5:53:13 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Romak 7.62X54MM, AK47 7.62X39MM, LARGO 9X23MM, HAPINESS IS A WARM GUN BANG BANG YEA YEA)
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To: OldDeckHand

You are correct about “Gone With the Wind” being number one.

Here are the inflation adjusted box office numbers.

http://boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm


23 posted on 12/10/2009 5:53:17 PM PST by ansel12 (Traitor Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative warrior.)
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To: ansel12
"You are correct about “Gone With the Wind” being number one."

I thought GWTW was still number one. Rather than focus on money, I wish they'd count actual tickets sold. That would be a much more accurate representation of a movie's success, measured over time.

You think about how many fewer people there were in the country when GWTW came out, it really puts it into perspective what a cultural phenomenon it was. The newest movie on the list you posted that's in the top 20, is Star Wars: Phantom Menace. There's nothing from the last ten years until you get to The Dark Night, at number 26.

Irrespective of the money the industry is producing, people just aren't going to the movies in the same percentages they were going in, the first 75 years of film.

24 posted on 12/10/2009 6:01:44 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: dhs12345
Uh. I think it is 10 bucks now.

I usually get in for free. (It's who you know.) Still, no views for me.

25 posted on 12/10/2009 6:08:32 PM PST by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Libloather

“Up” was fun, although not one of their best.

Our family went to see “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and really liked it. It’s a British Indie Film, based on a book by Roald Dahl.


26 posted on 12/10/2009 6:16:33 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: OldDeckHand

BE $3,003,285,714.29 in 2009


27 posted on 12/10/2009 6:19:40 PM PST by uncbob
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To: Libloather

“A Christmas Carol” w/ Jim Carrey was worth 8 bucks.


28 posted on 12/10/2009 6:23:11 PM PST by ctdonath2 (It from fit.)
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To: Libloather

I’ve seen the worst (2012) and the best (Blind Side).. I enjoy movies...some more than others, Avatar looks interesting... Amelia could have been done better, but was good...


29 posted on 12/10/2009 6:26:29 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: caver

“I’m proud to say I haven’t been in a movie theater since 2006. No bucks from me.

Ha! that’s nothing. I last went in 1977.


30 posted on 12/10/2009 6:27:30 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: livius

I watched No Reservations last week... better than expected.


31 posted on 12/10/2009 6:28:42 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: OldDeckHand

This gives some information on estimated ticket sales, it is slightly different than that other chart.

http://boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm?adjust_yr=1&p=.htm


32 posted on 12/10/2009 6:39:04 PM PST by ansel12 (Traitor Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative warrior.)
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To: proxy_user; caver

I went an I max Thanksgiving weekend and saw A Christmas Carol by Disney in 3D.

It was fantastic. Go if you can. It is not like anything you have seen before and is precise Dickens

I have been more movies in the last 90 days than in the last 10 years. that would be 2


33 posted on 12/10/2009 6:39:12 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Lukenbach Texas is barely there)
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To: Eye of Unk

Was it good?


34 posted on 12/10/2009 6:40:14 PM PST by diamond6 (Expose Planned Parenthood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYaTywSDmls)
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To: ansel12
"This gives some information on estimated ticket sales, it is slightly different than that other chart."

That's better. GWTW sold an estimated 200+ million tickets. The US population in 1939 was only 130 million. Sure, people saw it more than once, but people saw Star Wars more than once too. It sold 178 million tickets with a national population approaching some 220 million people, which is impressive, but it pales in comparison to GWTW.

35 posted on 12/10/2009 6:46:55 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: Cicero

Really? The poster for that movie creeped me out, I thought the animals looked like something from the taxidermist.


36 posted on 12/10/2009 6:54:44 PM PST by chae (I am karmic retribution)
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To: Libloather

Whatever record they set it will be without a dime from me. Don’t go to movies, don’t buy or rent DVD’s. Who needs their crap? Not the OldPossum.


37 posted on 12/10/2009 6:55:57 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: randomhero97

You might rethink that. I have heard that Holmes and Watson may be portrayed as Gay, rumor is that they have a bed room scene. If true this movie will not be on my list to see ever.


38 posted on 12/10/2009 6:57:37 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Libloather
I have been to about eight Hollywood movies in the last six years. One I did not regret seeing was "Gangs of New York" if only for the incredible sets of the kind of New York scenes. Even then the demise of the anti-hero was not historically correct.

My spouse finally got me to see "A Christmas Carol". Jim Carrey was the star. With all respects to the art and the acting of Mr Carrey, the word I used, was surrealistic. It was beyond clever. I suppose to an audience who have seen Star Wars etc, it fits.

A sign of old age, but somehow the old film with Alec Guinness, rang pretty true to Dickens. Yes, by all means go to see it, but...... do not take vulnerable children, Classified "General". Spouse says not suitable children under ten.

39 posted on 12/10/2009 6:59:40 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: diamond6

I don’t think it was quite as good as the ones of the younger Potter and friends, its a bit more mature, more death etc.


40 posted on 12/10/2009 7:05:49 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Would spring please arrive early, My new motorcycle awaits to run free and wild.)
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To: Libloather
I've yet to waste my first eight bucks on a movie this year.

I pay only one dollar to watch a movie some 3 to 6 months after it's been shown at the theater. That's what it costs to rent a movie from Redbox. I've even cut the cost of my cable movie viewing by removing the movie channels from my bill. I can watch 10 - 20 recent releases per month for $10-20. Blockbuster is going broke because I don't visit them anymore.
41 posted on 12/10/2009 7:06:29 PM PST by adorno
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To: proxy_user

I think my last was Crocodile Dundee. Not sure yhe year.


42 posted on 12/10/2009 7:11:03 PM PST by peedee
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To: Libloather

Saw the new Clooney film, “Up in the Air” last week (only playing in NY and LA until Christmas). Good, but not worth $11.50.


43 posted on 12/10/2009 7:12:40 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: ctdonath2

After falling asleep in Carrey’s “Grinch” I’ve decided to boycott anything by the Canuck.


44 posted on 12/10/2009 7:14:14 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Libloather
Talk about wanting have their cake and eat it too!

Studios feel pinch of slowing DVD sales, rise in rentals

If you're buying fewer DVDs and renting more of them -- especially from automated Redbox kiosks -- you've got the Hollywood studios scared.
The studios know that DVD sales have been in decline since at least 2005. Now, however, a depressed economy, convenient rental options and emerging technology have combined to worsen the situation.

Personally, I can't wait to see any of them go bankrupt. Produce total, leftist krapTM and they deserve to have the free market public stay away in droves.

45 posted on 12/10/2009 7:14:22 PM PST by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: adorno
Blockbuster is going broke because I don't visit them anymore.

So YOU'RE the reason my 401k is tanking. Thanks a TON!

46 posted on 12/10/2009 7:27:41 PM PST by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Thanks for the recommendation!


47 posted on 12/10/2009 7:39:21 PM PST by livius
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To: chae

Well, a minor warning is that The Fantastic Mr. Fox steals and kills chickens. As he says, he’s a fox. He can’t help it. But the factory farmers are so mean and nasty, who would mind? Anyway, there were a lot of little kids there, including my two and four year old grandsons, and no one seemed to be freaked out.

It’s actually about the animal community getting together when they are cornered, about family relationships, about how their son learns to get along with his much brighter cousin who comes to stay with them, and so on. The husband and wife have issues (she doesn’t want him risking his life stealing chickens), but they work all these problems out in the end.


48 posted on 12/10/2009 7:56:20 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: livius

Maybe Fantastic Mr. Fox—see #48. Roald Dahl is not for every taste, but our family loved it.


49 posted on 12/10/2009 7:58:12 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ctdonath2
“A Christmas Carol” w/ Jim Carrey was worth 8 bucks.

Concur. I was able to see it in IMAX 3-D, but I hear that some of the effects were effective in regular projection too.

50 posted on 12/10/2009 8:10:37 PM PST by Erasmus (Sid's oxymorons: Postmodern Intellectualism.)
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