In the US and Canada, cinemas took $9.6bn (£4.8bn) last year, up 5.4 per cent on 2006, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The increase was partly due to rising ticket prices in North America – up 5 per cent on average.

Worldwide box office takings, meanwhile, rose to an all-time high of $26.7bn – up 4.7 per cent on 2006.

The number of actual cinema admissions in North America remained roughly the same as the previous year, with about 1.4 billion tickets sold.

MPAA chairman Dan Glickman said that, despite the writers’ strike and economic concerns, “ultimately we got our Hollywood ending”.

“Once again, diverse, quality films and the timeless allure of the movie house proved a winning combination with consumers around the world,” said Mr Glickman added.

The MPAA said that box office revenue outside North America climbed 4.9 per cent to $17.1bn (£8.6bn).

Hollywood made a total of 603 films in 2007, about the same as the previous year.

The biggest blockbusters of the year in 2007 in the US and Canada were Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

All made more than $300m (£150m).