It's official: 2015 was the biggest year in cinematic history at the box office.
According to analysis group Rentrak, thanks to the overwhelming success of blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World, the worldwide box office gross slipped past the $38 billion line.
Rentrak collected the data from more than 125,000 screens found in 25,000 theaters around the world. It shouldn't be too surprising that 2015 had the biggest year on record, though, considering that just last week it was announced that the domestic box office took in more than $11 billion, making it the highest grossing year on record in that specific market.
Rentrak's senior media analyst, Paul Degarabedian, said the most important takeaway from the figures is that people are still willing to venture out and watch movies in theaters, despite reports of worsening audience numbers in recent years.
Although there were a variety of movies that drew people out to theaters, the most notable were some of the biggest blockbusters of the year, including Spectre and Furious 7. Family movies like Minions also drew a pretty big audience and superhero movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron performed as expected, bringing in massive numbers.
With more major blockbusters being released this year, including another Star Wars film, a new Captain America movie and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there's a good chance 2016 may move past the $38 billion record set last year.