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Summer of '09 Breaks Box Office Records

Summer of '09 Breaks Box Office Records

Even without this upcoming end-of-Summer holiday weekend, this is already the highest-grossing Summer ever at the domestic box office. Check it out:

Through Sunday, Summer BO revs were $4.17 billion, compared to $4.16 billion for Summer 2007, the previous record holder for best Summer sesh.

The Labor Day weekend should add another $100 million or more to the total tally, meaning the Summer would be up at least 3 percent in grosses over 2007.

A couple of movies broke individual records as well: The Hangover's $270.2 million in domestic sales is the "best gross for an R-rated comedy," while The Proposal earned $160.2 million and is now the highest-grossing Summer romantic comedy of all time.

This year we didn't have any Dark Knights among us, but there was a new Harry Potter movie and, of course, the Transformers. Pixar's Up also did extremely well — $289.6 million to Potter's $294.3 million. Not too shabby for an elderly man dragging his house behind him through the sky.

Do you think this was a good Summer for movies?

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
This Fall will be even better! Movies typically fare well at the box office when the economy declines. People like to "escape" from everyday problems, even if just for a few hours.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
halfbaked; I totally agree...
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 7 years
I wish they would start measuring this stuff in "total number of attendees" instead of how much money was made. It gives a more honest assessment of what movies were more popular across the years.
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