ENTERTAINMENT
03/31/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Movie Industry Surges As Americans Seek Escape From Recession

Hollywood could get used to this recession thing.

While much of the economy is teetering between bust and bailout, the movie industry has been startled by a box-office surge that has little precedent in the modern era. Suddenly it seems as if everyone is going to the movies, with ticket sales this year up 17.5 percent, to $1.7 billion, according to Media by Numbers, a box-office tracking company.

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