U.S. Box Office Breaks Record, Tops $10 Billion for 2016

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2016 may not seem like a stellar year at the movies (or at all), but that doesn’t mean people aren’t going. In fact, 2016 has already passed $10 billion at the box office, according to Variety, which is the fastest that’s ever happened. The previous record was set in 2013 on Dec. 7, while last year’s box office didn’t hit the milestone until Dec. 18.

Finding Dory is the highest-grossing film of the year with $486.2 million, followed Captain America: Civil War with $408.1 million and The Secret Life of Pets with $367.6 million. The Jungle Book and Deadpool round out the top five.

Even though 2015 didn’t hit $10 billion until late in the year, it still managed to set the record for single-year box office, thanks in large part to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took in $652 million in the final 14 days of 2015.

Of course, there’s another Star Wars film yet to be released this year, although Rogue One isn’t expected to earn the extravagant sums The Force Awakens racked up, in part because it’s telling a separate story. If 2016 is going to surpass 2015, it will likely need help from the animated film Sing, as well.

The box office was strong over the Thanksgiving weekend, with Moana dominating a strong field that also included Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Doctor Strange.

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