September 4, 2011 10:15 PM

Hit summer movies stop the bleeding at the box office

Thanks to the swan song of a boy wizard and encores by alien robots and pirates, Hollywood dug itself out of a big hole this summer. But it still has a ways to go to reach the surface. With the year’s most popular moviegoing season coming to an end, total box-office receipts in the U.S. and Canada are on track to finish up 3.5 percent from last summer.

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