The domestic box office saw a 3.4% uptick in 2006 from the prior year, according to Variety. Overall movie business finished the year with $9.13 billion in receipts, up from 2005's $8.83 billion.

But the 2006 totals couldn't beat the $9.21 billion tally posted in 2004, when Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2 and The Passion of the Christ topped the charts.

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Powered by The Da Vinci Code, as well as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Casino Royale, Sony took the market share crown with 18.59%. The studio hit $1.69 billion in ticket sales.

Disney, however, managed to land just a few percentage points behind -- at 16.1% -- while releasing fewer films (25) than its competition (30 from Sony). The studio also had the top two films, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Cars. Disney generated $1.47 billion in domestic ticket sales.

Fox hit $1.4 billion, or 15.3% market share. X-Men: The Last Stand was its biggest earner, at $234.4 million, followed by Ice Age: The Meltdown at $195.3 million. Borat and The Devil Wears Prada were next, each taking in about $125 million.

Warner Bros. wound up No. 4 in market share, generating $1.06 billion. Happy Feet was the cornerstone of that finish: The movie ended the year with $175.9 million after a November rollout and will easily surpass the box office take of the mega-budgeted Superman Returns, Warners' top film of the year at $200 million.

Handling distribution on DreamWork's product, Paramount also was a beneficiary of animation. The studio's biggest film was DreamWorks Animation's Over the Hedge ($155 million), which helped the studio hit $961.3 million in ticket sales and take 10.5% of the market.

Like Paramount, Universal, in a transition year under new leadership, wasn't able to crack $1 billion. The studio was sixth, with The Break-Up its biggest pic at $118.7 million.

New Line was eighth, finishing behind indie brand Lionsgate, which led all stand-alones or studio specialty divisions.

Lionsgate took in more than $331 million, led by its horror franchise hit Saw III.

The Weinstein Co. ($223.6 million) and Focus Features ($180.6 million) also finished among the year's top 10 distributors.

Fox Searchlight, which had the Sundance hit Little Miss Sunshine on its slate, grabbed $161.5 million, ahead of Sony Classics' $60.1 million, Paramount Vantage's $46.5 million and Miramax's $46.1 million.

MGM saw some year-end life with Rocky Balboa but was ranked 11th in market share as the studio gears up under Harry Sloan.