Blockbusters reel US box office to record year
The US has seen a record-breaking, 11 billion-dollar year at the movies.
Box-office tracker Rentrak said the industry had already reached the benchmark and was expected to end the year with an unprecedented 11.1 billion (£7.5bn) in ticket sales in the US and Canada.
The previous record of 10.9 billion dollars (£7.3bn) was set in 2013.
This year heralded numerous record-breaking releases, including Fifty Shades Of Grey, which set a record for February opening-weekend attendance, and Furious 7 did the same in April.
Opening in June, Jurassic World scored the biggest debut weekend until it was surpassed this month by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
"Hollywood built the perfect box office beast in 2015, with one hit movie after the next," said Rentrak analyst Paul Dergarabedian.