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With official results in, overall 2012 domestic box office came in at a record $10.83 billion. That's up six-and-a-half percent from last year and two percent from 2009, which previously held the record with $10.596 billion. More importantly, there were approximately 1.36 billion tickets sold, which is higher than 2011 (1.28 billion) and 2010 (1.34 billion). While it isn't anywhere near the 2002 high of 1.58 billion, it still confirms that, even with the ever-increasing options for home entertainment, people will head out to movie theaters if the product is appealing enough. As always, though, there were both winners and losers at the box office this year. Instead of breaking it down by title, we've decided to highlight a few trends in both the positive and negative column. WinnersSuperheros: Two of the most-anticipated superhero movies ever were released in 2012, and from a box office perspective they didn't disappoint. After five lead-ins, Marvel team-up movie The Avengers set an incredible new opening »

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