Hollywood could console itself after all those critical sneers during 1946 (TIME, Jan. 20). U.S. movies never enjoyed such a smashingly profitable year at the box office.
Variety added up the score:
In all, 19 pictures made $4 million or more, apiece. Until 1946, only 25 pictures in Hollywood history had done that well.
Ingrid Bergman, with four hit movies renting in the U.S. and Canada for a total of $21,750,000, was far & away the year's most profitable star. Bing Crosby, whose three hits rented for $18 million, was a close second. RKO's The...