The movie industry set a record at the box office in 2016, for the second year in a row. The New York Post reports that total U.S. ticket sales were projected this week to hit $11.385 billion by the end of the year, topping the record of $11.128 billion set in 2015.
Hollywood’s formula for success in 2016 was a familiar one: release a flood of sequels and franchise titles.
“Movie insiders can thank Disney’s Lucasfilm for the record. Two huge ‘Star Wars’ movies — ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rogue One’ — boosted 2016 coffers by $625.3 million, according to various reports,” The Post notes. “In all, Disney had six of the Top 10 movies of the year, according to Box Office Mojo.”
The top-grossing movie of the year, based on current data, was “Finding Dory,” from Disney’s Pixar, with $486.3 million in U.S. box office — and a global gross of $1.03 billion.
Disney also had the No. 2 movie of the year in U.S. sales, “Captain America: Civil War,” which took in $408.1 million (and $1.15 million in global sales).
“Helping create the new record was a slight increase in ticket prices, according to Boxoffice.com,” The Post adds. “The firm said that average ticket prices climbed 2.1 percent, to $8.61, up from $8.43 last year.”