2009 Box Office Crosses the $10 Billion Mark

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Earlier this month I reported that 2009 will be a “milestone year” for Hollywood, now that prediction has been confirmed, as 2009 ticket sales for America and Canada are projected to have crossed the $10 billion mark as of Tuesday, as reported by Reuters.

I won’t bore you to death with all the ins and outs about what made 2009 such a profitable year for the movie biz – if you want that info be sure to hop on over to our Summer 2009 box office report, and our record 2009 box office profits posts. In this post, we’ll look at the films that helped put the box office over the mark.

Have you heard of a little movie called Avatar? No? Well, it’s this little indie project that was whipped together by director James Cameron (Terminator, Titanic). With Avatar setting new records for a December opening, it’s no surprise that ticket sales have pushed past the $10 billion this early.

I say “this early” because Christmas is yet upon us, and with the holiday comes a last minute boost in movie ticket sales; families need something to do after those big holiday dinners! With the new adaptation of Sherlock Holmes already creating a buzz (and earning fairly positive reviews) it’s going to be no surprise if that film and Avatar pass the ticket sale baton back and forth all the way across the 2009 finish line.

The only real question left to ask this year is: how far past the $10 billion mark will the 2009 box office finish?

Again, for a look back on the numbers that made this all possible, go HERE, HERE and HERE.

Happy Holidays, all. Have fun at the movies.

Sources: Reuters via Coming Soon

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  1. Man imagine how much money they could of made if it hadn’t been for …..

    Well I wont go there. 10 Billion, that’s a lot of fish.

  2. Warner Brothers is 41 million away from crossing the 2 billion dollar mark..I am pretty sure that it will be the first studio to accomplish that feat especially considering HOLMES is starting this weekend..

    I am willing to bet that when Sherlock Holmes does great buisness both foreign and domestic for WB they will offer Ritchie LOBO or some other property from their DC line..

  3. Warner Brothers will surpass the $41 million mark when Sherlock Holmes opens this weekend (I look for it to rack up $45 million). I also think Holmes will have good international box office, and serious staying power on the domestic side until the end of January (repeat showings will be the key factor, just like with Iron Man).


    I wouldn’t be too terribly surprised if WB offers Guy Ritchie a shot at a DC Comics movie. I’ve read various publications which indicate Ritchie is still attached to Lobo as director, despite the fact nothing’s been made official yet.

  4. Economy is down, pirating is up and they movie studios are still making bank.

    Sorry, but I just can’t get behind “anti-piracy” when these numbers come out (or when I go to the theaters to pay $13 to watch a movie). Not condoning it, but the movie companies are and will be fine.