NATO: Average Movie Ticket Price Shot up 5% to $7.89 in 2010

All those expensive 3D movies at the box office last year yielded one of the biggest year-to-year admissions spikes in history

Marking one of the biggest year-to-year spikes in motion-picture history, the average U.S. movie-ticket price rose more than 5 percent last year to $7.89, according to figures released Friday by the National Association of Theater Owners.

The 39-cent average increase beat the 32-cent bump experienced from 2008-09, when prices shot up 4 percent from $7.18 to $7.50 a ticket.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, admissions increased nearly 4 percent to $8.01 a seat.

Of course, premium charges for 3D tickets accounts for the majority of this increase.

Here are NATO’s average ticket prices for the last 10 years:

2010    $7.89
2009    $7.50
2008    $7.18
2007    $6.88
2006    $6.55
2005    $6.41
2004    $6.21
2003    $6.03
2002    $5.80
2001    $5.65
2000    $5.39