PHOENIX -- As moviegoers lined up for the year's final weekend, studios are hoping for another record-breaking year as they tally up box office receipts for 2010. Hollywood's take in 2009 was one for the record books, proving once again that Americans turn to the silver screen for entertainment during times of economic turbulence.
The final box-office numbers for 2010 won't be available until next week, but with three days left in the year, the total domestic take for 2010 is $10,319,600, according to the film-industry web site BoxOfficeMojo.com. That's only $275,800 shy of 2009's final number ($10,595,400), which equates to roughly 35,000 movie tickets at the U.S. average ticket price of $7.95.
Animation and 3-D have a strong presence in his year's Top 20 Movies list with "Toy Story 3" coming in as the the highest-grossing film released in 2010. The third feature-length film in the animated Toy Story series was the first to be offered in 3-D.