So far this year, total box-office revenue is up 5.5 percent above last year when it was down 5.2 percent from 2004. And, after declining every year for three consecutive years, attendance is up 3.9 percent. (In 2005, it was down 7.1 percent.) Analysts attributed the upswing to a larger output of films this year, appealing to a wide range of moviegoers. Today's (Monday) Los Angeles Times observed that by the end of the year, 154 films will have had wide openings in at least 1,000 theaters -- a 17 percent increase over 2005. Total domestic box-office revenue for 2006 now stands at $8.4 billion, compared with $8 billion at this date a year ago. (Last year marked the first time since 2001 that the box office failed to pass the $9-billion mark.)
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