Hollywood has made a comeback—at least at the box office. News out of Tinseltown is that Hollywood expects to end the year with its best-ever U.S. box office. If moviegoers continue going to the theaters at the current clip, Hollywood will celebrate a record breaking $10.8 billion take, domestically. Hollywood is counting on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a Warner Bros. release, to lure millions to the theaters. That film opened high this weekend, as expected. It earned $84.7 million domestically. Ultimately, The Hobbit could rake in, according to industry experts, up to $450 million Stateside. But, some black films added their share to Hollywood’s bottom line for 2012.
Other Christmastime films are expected to do big business as well, including Weinstein Co.’s Django Unchained, with Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington. The movie is expected to pull in $100 million-plus.
Some African-American films pulled in high box office numbers this year, such as Think Like A Man, which debuted at number one when it opened. According to BET, “Despite conventional wisdom to the contrary, Black films have a long history of coming in No. 1 at the box office. Think Like a Man is just the latest, scoring a $33 million opening weekend and knocking Hunger Games out of the top spot.”
Last year box office totals reached $9.49 billion by this time, while in 2009 — a benchmark year at the domestic box office with $10.6 billion total, reports Variety. Year-to-date ticket sales are six percent better than 2011, according to the National Association of Theater Owners. “If that pace holds, 2012 admissions would end at 1.36 billion, making it only the third (and largest) uptick since 2002, which tallied 1.57 billion,” according to Variety.
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