2009 a hit at the box office
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The movie industry continues to show it's recession- proof. Take this past weekend for instance, when the the box office reported record numbers. "There's still theater screens out there, no theater screens gone dark so there's still screens need to be filled, products need to be produced," said Johnny Griffin, of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission. What's being produced are titanic hits like James Cameron's Avatar, and Sherlock Holmes. These are the types of productions Griffin says could make their way here after the new year. "We would like to hope so," said Griffin. "That's our goal with the new sound stage that Screen Gems has, the super stage. It would attract those bigger types of productions that needs lots of construction, lots of stage space for visual effects, special effects." What also helps is a North Carolina film incentive of 25-percent that's about to go into effect. Since that bill passed, production companies have shown an overwhelming interest in our area. "They've given us signs, again, no specific project, but they've all given us signs of encouragement. They've all given us signs that from a business perspective this is where it makes sense for them to be," said Griffin. We could see a lot of film industry action in the coming months. Johnny Griffin says he expects to hear some big announcements about projects sometime in late January or February.

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