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Hollywood sails to a box-office record, thanks to 'Black Panther' and other hits

Deepening anxiety in Hollywood that the ascendance of Netflix would keep people from going to the movies this year appears to have been overblown.

Major hits, including Marvel Studios' "Black Panther," Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" and 20th Century Fox's "Deadpool 2," drove ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada to a record-breaking $11.8 billion this year, according to preliminary projections from data firm Comscore. That would represent growth of 6 percent from a year ago and beat the previous record of $11.4 billion in ticket sales set in 2016.

The surge is welcome news for studios and multiplexes, coming after a steep downturn in attendance in 2017 that stoked fears that buzzworthy programming on streaming and cable TV had sapped the movie industry of its cultural clout. Multiplexes have been

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