2009 box office record

At the end of August it was announced that 2009 had the biggest summer box office season of all time by bringing in 4.17 billion dollars in ticket sales. With only a few weeks left until the new year, analysts have discovered that the total box office revenue for the entire year will reach a record number that’s never been topped.

According to The Guardian, by 2009′s end box office receipts could push well beyond the 10 billion dollar mark, which has never been done before. This is the second year that U.S. ticket sales have posted record breaking numbers, which currently stands at 9.6 billion dollars earned. Some of the biggest hits include Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Up, The Hangover, Star Trek, and most recently New Moon.

You might think the grunt of the blockbusters are over but we still have a few more in the can. Disney’s The Princess and the Frog drops this week, followed by Avatar on December 18th, and Sherlock Holmes, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, and Nine all premiere on Christmas. Between those four we can expect a pretty generous turn out, especially due to the holiday season.

It’s interesting how we’ve managed to reach 10 billion dollars in an economic downturn. Granted you have to account for inflation, but during times of distress the movie industry always seems to flourish. Why do you think that is?

What do you think about Hollywood’s record year? Why do you think the movie industry is staying afloat during the recession?