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2009 North American Box Office Crosses $10B On Tuesday; First Time In History

Ticket sales from the U.S. and Canadian box office is expected to cross the $10 billion mark for the first time ever on Tuesday night.  Heading into Tuesday, the box office was within $7M from crossing the mark (after pulling in $29 million in sales on Monday).

“We’re looking at some huge numbers for the next 10 days or so that will put us well over that $10 billion mark” for the year, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Box Office. He expected the 2009 total to come to more than $10.4 billion as the busy Christmas holiday unfolds.

Warner Bros. is the top earner this year, drawing $1.96B for a 19.7% market share.  Second place is a close battle between Paramount ($1.45B / 14.6%) and Sony/Columbia ($1.44B / 14.4%).  The top five is rounded out by Disney at #4 with $1.19B (11.9%) and 20th Century Fox in fifth place with $1.07B (10.7%).

Warner Bros. will become the first studio to cross the $2B mark sometime before the year runs out.

International receipts are also up this year, with tickets sales in markets outside the United State and Canada reaching $15 billion (up 5% from 2008).

The year’s top Domestic earner is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($402.1M):

  1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – $402,111,870
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – $301,959,197
  3. Up – $293,004,164
  4. The Hangover – $277,322,503
  5. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $275,515,901
  6. Star Trek – $257,730,019
  7. Monsters Vs. Aliens – $198,351,526
  8. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – $196,573,705
  9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine – $179,883,157
  10. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – $177,243,721

Sources: Reuters and Box Office Mojo