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Warner Bros. Remains Box-Office Champ for Third Consecutive Year

Inception
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"Inception"

The studio's $1.89 billion haul, fueled by its top grossers "Inception" and "Harry Potter," marked a decrease from 2009.

Warner Bros. led domestic marketshare in 2010 with $1.89 billion in revenue, giving the studio 18.3 percent of the total pie.

Tallies are from Jan. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2010.

The studio's top-grossing films were Inception at $292.5 million domestically, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 at roughly $283 million.

It was the third year in a row that Warners led in domestic marketshare, although 2009's total take was bigger at $2.1 billion.

Overall domestic revenue for 2010 came in just below $10.57 billion, down less than 1 percent from the record $10.6 billion earned in 2009.

It was only the second time in history that domestic revenue has jumped $10 billion. However, attendance dropped more than 5.2 percent in 2010 from the previous year, the second biggest dip in a decade.

The discrepancy was attributed to a stiff increase in the average ticket price, from $7.50 in 2009 to $7.85 in 2010 (midyear, the average price jumped to $7.95, then went back down in the fall to $7.85).

Paramount was No. 2 in domestic marketshare at roughly 16.1 percent, with its films collecting more than $1.67 billion at the domestic box office in 2010.

Thanks largely to revenue earned from Avatar in 2010, 20th Century Fox was No. 3 in marketshare, taking in roughly $1.45 billion for 14 percent of the pie. Otherwise, Fox had a lackluster year domestically.

Disney came in No. 4, with $1.4 billion in ticket sales domestically. Its marketshare percentage was roughly 13.6 percent.

Sony's domestic total was $1.26 billion for a 12.3 percent marketshare. The studio may have come in No. 5, but it had a stellar year (outside of year-end titles How Do You Know and The Tourist).

Universal's titles collected $842.2 million domestically, underscoring a tough year for the studio, whose marketshare was roughly 8.2%.