"We're looking at some huge numbers for the next 10 days or so that will put us well over that $10 billion mark" Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com Box Office, told Reuters news service.
Ticket sales outside North America for 2009? Another $15 billion. Major studios dominated the global market as well as domestic audiences. Blockbusters such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Twilight Saga: New Moon helped -- a lot. And the Christmas holiday will also see the opening of potential box-office winners Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.