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The summer box-office report

The all-time top-earning movie not directed by James Cameron (The Avengers) and the end of the Batman trilogy (The Dark Knight Rises) headlined a so-so box office that will bring in about as much revenue as last summer's. The Olympics and the Aurora, Colo., shootings kept some patrons at home. But since franchises made the big money, expect more of the same next summer.

Top-Grossing Films Worldwide

People's choice: four comic-book-based movies and a cartoon*

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THE AVENGERS

$1.49 billion

$618 million in the U.S. and Canada

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