Global and Domestic Box Office Set New Records in 2015

People sure do love spending money going to the movies, and not just here in these United States! As Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to shatter domestic records left and right, the final till has been counted for the year in worldwide box office, and holy bananas, it’s a lot of dollars.

$38 billion, to be exact, the highest worldwide tally in worldwide movie-going to date. That figure includes an all-time domestic high mark of $11.01 billion; both figures owe no small debt to the one-two summer-winter punch of the nostalgia-based money-printers Jurassic World and the aforementioned seventh Star Wars. Other big global hits for ’15 included Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Minons, SPECTRE, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and holy crap a movie that wasn’t a sequel, The Martian.

Of course, all of these numbers are essentially meaningless as they don’t factor in inflation, and if you do any serious digging you’ll discover that people went to the movies in the ‘30s and ‘40s in numbers that comically dwarf current attendance, but hey, $38 million, eh?