How sci-fi, fantasy and 3-D turned '09 into a record movie summer

Science fiction/fantasy films and 3-D movies topped the box office during this year's record-setting summer, Hollywood trade papers reported, led by Disney's Up, Warner's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Paramount's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

The summer's total take was $4.35 billion, 5 percent ahead of 2008, thanks in part to this summer's containing an additional weekend, Variety reported.

Up and G-Force and Fox's Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ... helped put the 2009 summer into the record book as each generated about half their revenues from 3-D venues, which charged premium ticket prices.

And the holiday frame capped a stellar summer for Warners, which edged just past $1 billion for a 23.1 percent market share with 15 titles. The sixth Harry Potter and The Hangover brought in 59 percent of the studio's summer grosses.

Paramount's final tally totaled $884.8 million, for a 20.4% share, with just nine titles. Its Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen accounted for the top gross for a single pic at $400.7 million.

Among the other studios, Fox came in third ($652.3 million) with 17 entries, led by Ice Age ($193.4 million). Disney followed with $612.6 million, or 14.1 percent, with 11 titles.

Sony, with only eight films, finished fifth ($548.3 million). Universal wound up far behind with $344.1 million.

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