Box office breaks record with $10.8 billion in 2012

01/2/2013 | Entertainment Weekly · CNNMoney

The nationwide box office topped $10.84 billion in 2012, rising 6.6% from 2011 and exceeding the previous high of $10.59 billion in 2009. The ticket sale total of 1.36 billion was also impressive, analysts said. "The shift to digital projectors in a majority of theaters allowed operators to quickly add additional screens for the blockbusters to meet demand from advance ticket sales. And the growth of social media has helped to feed demand to see the biggest blockbusters in theaters," writes Chris Isidore.

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