LOS ANGELES (December 27, 2013)
Hollywood is expected to have a banner year at the domestic box office, coming in just shy of $11 billion, the largest annual take ever, but because of higher ticket prices, actual attendance at North American theaters remained flat after a decade of decline.
With the current domestic box-office tally nearly 1 percent ahead of last year at this time, 2013 could surpass 2012's overall haul of $10.8 billion by more than $100 million, according to box-office tracker Rentrak.
Such high-profile flops as "The Lone Ranger," ''After Earth," ''R.I.P.D." and "Turbo" were offset by such mega-hits as "Fast & Furious 6" and "Iron Man 3," which consistently filled theaters last summer.
A strong fall and holiday slate is also boosted the year's box-office total.