Warner Bros. has won the domestic box office for a third consecutive year, reporting revenue of nearly $1.9 billion for 2010.
The studio led all comers in market share despite the fact that its domestic revenue was down more than 11 percent for the year. Research firms Hollywood.com and Exhibitor Relations released figures Monday confirming that the overall domestic market is down $40 million-$50 million from its record $10.6 billion haul in 2009, while unit sales of tickets were down about 5 percent.
Warner is still tabulating its international totals. The race for the foreign box-office title is closely contested between Warner and Fox, with both studios coming in at just over $2.9 billion in international revenue. Warner expects to shatter its all-time global box office record of $4.01 billion, set last year, driven by worldwide hits including "Inception" starring Leonardo DiCaprio (pictured right) and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1."
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