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Domestic box office poised for record-breaking year with $11.3B

And though trade papers fretted about “sequelitis,” a phantom virus that had audiences rejecting franchises, follow-ups such as “Captain America: Civil War” and “Finding Dory” delivered at the multiplexes.The box office also got a hand from superhero films such as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and animated fare such as “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Moana.” “Rogue One” has dominated the Christmas box office. Moreover, many analysts felt that ticket sales would suffer from the absence of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which injected more than $900 million into the stateside box office.Even without hits on that scale, 2016 delivered with many major successes. The data analysis company projects that the stateside box office will hit $11.3 billion this year, passing 2015’s record-setting $11.1 billion. Through Monday, stateside revenues were up more than 2%, and this week is expected to be a busy one for moviegoing. There were fewer blockbusters like “Jurassic World” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” this year. LOS ANGELES — Sequels and spin-offs to “Finding Nemo,” “Captain America,” and “Star Wars” powered the 2016 box office to a new domestic record.Ticket sales have crossed the $11 billion mark for the second consecutive year, according to ComScore. “Deadpool,” an R-rated comic book adaptation, was a surprise breakout last February, racking up $363.1 million. Many Americans are taking the seven days between Christmas and New Year’s off for vacation.It’s a high-water mark that few thought would be eclipsed in 2016.