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Box office at Regal South Beach. Photo: Jeff Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images.

The global box office hit an all-time high of more than $42 billion, according to numbers released Friday by Comscore.

Why it matters: That success can be attributed to monster growth in movie-going overseas. The international box office was up 4% in revenue last year, while the North America box office was down 4% from its record high of $11.88 billion in 2018.

By the numbers: The international box office brought in $31.1 billion, a new record, while the North American Box Office hit $11.4 billion, its second-highest year after 2018.

  • This is the fifth straight year that the North American box office has surpassed $11 billion, suggesting that the theater business in America, while not growing substantially, has been relatively stable despite the rise of streaming video.

Details: Asia and Europe led box office growth last year, with countries like China, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Italy and others posting gains.

  • Movies that helped push the global box office to new heights mostly came from Disney, including Marvel's “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” “Frozen 2,” and “Captain Marvel.”

What's next: With fewer high-end sequels planned for 2020 — like Star Wars — experts predict that it's unlikely that the box office will see as much success this year.

Yes, but: Comscore predicts that a strong lineup of films released in time for this year's awards season, like “1917” and “Uncut Gems” are creating enthusiasm for movie-going to start off the year.

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The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.

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A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.

DHS to increase deportation flights to Haiti from Del Rio

Migrants walk across the Rio Grande River carrying supplies back to a makeshift encampment under the international bridge between Del Rio, Texas, and Acuña, Mexico. Officials are struggling to provide food, water, shelter and sanitation, forcing migrants to cross the Rio Grande several times per day for basic necessities. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar via Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday announced plans to ramp up deportation flights to Haiti out of the small Texas border town Del Rio, starting as soon as Sunday.

Why it matters: Reports have emerged of more than 10,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, crowded in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio. Hoping to find refuge in the United States, they've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per an NBC News affiliate.