Blockbuster films propel US, Canadian box office to a record $11B in 2015

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Bryce Dallas Howard, from left, Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins appear in a scene from the blockbuster hit, "Jurassic World." Box-office tracker Rentrak said Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, that the industry has already reached the benchmark and is expected to end the year with an unprecedented $11.1 billion in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada. Opening in June, “Jurassic World” scored the biggest debut weekend ever, until it was bested this month by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - It's been a record-breaking, $11 billion year at the movies.

Box-office tracker Rentrak said Tuesday that the industry has already reached the benchmark and is expected to end the year with an unprecedented $11.1 billion in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada.

The previous record of $10.9 billion was set in 2013.

This year heralded numerous record-breaking releases, including "Fifty Shades of Grey," which set a record for February opening-weekend attendance, and "Furious 7" did the same in April. Opening in June, "Jurassic World" scored the biggest debut weekend ever, until it was bested this month by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

"Hollywood built the perfect box office beast in 2015, with one hit movie after the next," said Rentrak analyst Paul Dergarabedian in a statement.


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