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Summer box office: Five lessons to take away from a record season
Summer box office: Five lessons to take away from a record season

"R.I.P.D." was D.O.A. and "The Lone Ranger" was unable to lasso moviegoers. Yet at summer's end, Hollywood is riding happily off into the sunset thanks to an unexpected number of $100-million-plus hits that drove the seasonal box office to a record. Total box office revenue in the U.S. and Canada for the May 2-Labor Day period climbed 10.2% over last year to a record $4.7 billion, while attendance rose 6.5% to roughly 572 million, according to Hollywood.com. The average ticket price also hit a new high of $8.23. The strong business was needed: Heading into the summer, ticket sales were down about 12% compared with the same period in 2012. Four months later, the...

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