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Interestin’ News: ’09 Biggest Summer Yet, In Domestic-Grosses At Least.

According to Variety, 2009’s $4.7 billion over the summer (so far) has broken the previous record held by 2007’s $4.6 billion take. The official end of the summer session is Labor Day, and this weekend is supposed to add close to $100 million more to the final tally alone, which could end with a 3% higher number than 2007’s. However, Box Office Mojo shows that average ticket prices in 2007 were $6.88 while 2009’s (so far) averages $7.18. That is an increase of 4.36%, which, as shown, would mean that based on amount of tickets sold, 2009 wouldn’t be higher unless the rest of the week and weekend pulls in much more than expected.

You likely won’t see that information posted on the web though, as “new summer record” is a better headline than “almost new summer record”. Just the same, follow me after the jump to see the box office grosses of the top 10 summer films, so far. The top dog this summer by far was Paramount’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” with a domestic total of $399.4 million, proving that director Michael Bay can deliver a smash hit despite overwhelmingly poor critical reviews (19% on Tomatometer).

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (83%) raked in $294.3 million, good for second place and a strong showing for the highest-grossing film franchise ever. In third place was Disney/Pixar’s “Up” (97%), which enjoyed enormous box office and critical success and ushered in Pixar’s first effort in 3D, proving yet again the company can do no wrong.

WB’s surprise hit of the summer was “The Hangover” (78%), an R-rated comedy with a little known cast that brought in $270.2 million, placing fourth. That number, which made it the highest-grossing R-rated comedy is also a large number for any R-rated film.

Finishing in fifth place was Paramount’s reboot “Star Trek” (95%) by J.J. Abrams. “Trek” proved that audiences are still game for a franchise many thought was dead in the water, but with the quality of the film it is no wonder it was a success compared to previous Trek outings.

Twentieth Century Fox had a strong hold on the lower portion of the top 10. “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” ($193.3 million; 44%), “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” ($179 million; 36%), and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” ($176.5 million; 44%) grabbed sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

Disney scored big again with the ninth place Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds comedy “The Proposal” (44%), gathering $160.2 million while showing that the Bullock/Reynolds chemistry was well received with a largely female demographic.

In tenth place is a battle that likely won’t be settled until the end of the summer. Currently, Sony’s “Angels & Demons” ($133.4 million; 36%) holds the spot, but Paramount’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” ($132.2 million; 37%) is hot on its heals in “Joe’s” fourth session. “Angels” has ended its domestic box office run.

All of this combines to show that there are some great films in the top spots that are makin’ bank, as I like to call it.

Please note: All numbers as of Sunday returns, 8-30-09.

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