@Jolene_ALa I met him once super briefly in the 90s. Very kind and nice even when clearly rushed.
The U.S. box office had a banner year, but it was mainly due to a smaller number of films than it should have been.
Domestically the box office numbers hit record numbers this week eclipsing the old record of $11.14B set last year. Right now the projections are that the total sits in the $11.17 to $11.18B range. Current estimates have the domestic box office finishing the year at $11.3B.
The top five domestic films at the time of this writing are:
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently in seventh place with $340.6M and should easily jump into the top five by the end of the year.
While these are great numbers, only 25 films broke $100M in the U.S. out of 397 released. Well, if you throw enough at a target, some of it is sure to hit the mark.