Box office takings in the US in 2012 hit record levels, according to Hollywood.com.
Figures hit $10.8 billion - up six per cent on 2011's $10.215 billion. This also beats the previous record of $10.6 billion set in 2009.
Attendance stood at 1.36 billion tickets sold - also up six per cent on 2011's 1.288 billion.
The most successful film of the year was The Avengers - which took $1.5 billion worldwide - followed by The Dark Knight Rises ($1 billion) and Skyfall ($950.6 million).
Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, The Amazing Spider-man, Madagascar 3, The Hunger Games, Men in Black 3 and Brave completed the top ten.
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