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Everyone knows that 2009 was a bad year for most of us, at least financially speaking, and a great year for pictures. Boxoffice gross and ticket sales grew to more than $10 billion and 1.4 billion, respectively. Ticket sales were the most in five years, though that was below the modern record of 1.6 billion set in 2002.

As the movie business looks at the possible lessons of 2009 in hope of learning from them in 2010, here's what we know (until this year shows that we know something different):

-- When the going gets tough, the tough go to the movies;

-- The adult drama ("State of Play," "The Informant!") is over;

-- Not every toy, comic book and graphic novel works as a movie (see "Speed Racer," "Astro Boy");

-- Torture porn is done ("Saw");

-- There can be one too many vampire movies ("Daybreakers" -- even the undead have a shelf life);

-- And Sandra Bullock is back, »


- By Jeffrey Korchek

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