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Foreign box office breaks record, too

By Tim O'Brien
Posted Mar 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Not only did the North American box office break a record in 2012, so did the overseas market.
Show business magazine The Wrap noted that global ticket sales hit $34.7 billion internationally in 2012. The number is 2011 was $32.6 billion and $31.6 billion in 2010. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) released its report today (March 21).
The domestic box office was at $10.8 billion in 2012. The report notes that in North America, "Admissions in the U.S. and Canada also reversed a two year slide, increasing 6 percent to 1.36 billion, while ticket prices remained flat."
The Hollywood Reporter noted: "It was a great year for movies," MPAA chairman and CEO Christopher Dodd said during a news conference.
Country totals
China - $2.7 billion
Japan - $2.4 billion
U.K. - $1.7 billion
France - $1.7 billion
India - $1.4 billion
Germany - $1.3 billion
South Korea - $1.3 billion
Russia - $1.2 billion
Australia - $1.2 billion
Brazil - $800 million
What really helped was the fact that four films went over $1 billion. They were "The Avengers," "Skyfall," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
According to the release praise for the industry was noted. "The cinema industry serves an increasingly diverse audience, by age, gender and ethnicity," said John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO). "The record box office, here and abroad, shows that when we meet that diversity with a broad range of movies and amenities, cutting edge technologies and viewing options our industry thrives."

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