Skip to comments.Hollywood poised for record-breaking year at the box office (Best ever $9.682 BILLION)
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.
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sounds like a lot of people have spending money.
I’m proud to say I haven’t been in a movie theater since 2006. No bucks from me.
They DONT have money for mortgages and cars. Leaving lots for movies.
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.
Uh. I think it is 10 bucks now.
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.
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.
And that’s without a single solitary dollar from me! I’m rather proud of that!
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.
If true, we will spend no money for this one.
Yikes, if that’s the case then I guess I won’t be going.
Good luck to Hollyweird, I won’t be there. Unless Tom Selleck or Bruce Willis make a movie that is.
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.
Is Big Movie paying their fair share? Fat cats making millions, paying off hack politicians, controlling the cost at the door.
I’m sure unemployment has nothing to do with those numbers. /s
“Up” and the new “Harry Potter” were quite good.
There is still quality in childrens movies.
You are correct about “Gone With the Wind” being number one.
Here are the inflation adjusted box office numbers.
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.
I usually get in for free. (It's who you know.) Still, no views for me.
“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.
BE $3,003,285,714.29 in 2009
“A Christmas Carol” w/ Jim Carrey was worth 8 bucks.
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...
“Im proud to say I havent been in a movie theater since 2006. No bucks from me.
Ha! that’s nothing. I last went in 1977.
I watched No Reservations last week... better than expected.
This gives some information on estimated ticket sales, it is slightly different than that other chart.
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
Was it good?
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.
Really? The poster for that movie creeped me out, I thought the animals looked like something from the taxidermist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think my last was Crocodile Dundee. Not sure yhe year.
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.
After falling asleep in Carrey’s “Grinch” I’ve decided to boycott anything by the Canuck.
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.
So YOU'RE the reason my 401k is tanking. Thanks a TON!
Thanks for the recommendation!
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.
Maybe Fantastic Mr. Fox—see #48. Roald Dahl is not for every taste, but our family loved it.
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.