People may start redefining date night as "dinner and... a long, mildly diverting walk." According to the National Association of Theater Owners, the average price of a movie ticket has hit a record high, climbing to $8.06 in the U.S. But, compared to moviegoers in other countries, Americans actually have it lucky. Here's a breakdown of the escalating cost of movie tickets, by the numbers:

Current average price for a movie ticket in the U.S., a record

Average U.S. ticket price in 2010

Cost of a movie ticket in Tokyo, Japan, according to Businessweek

Cost of a movie ticket in Zurich, Switzerland

Average movie ticket price in New York, according to CNBC
Ticket price for an IMAX 3D screening of Shrek Ever After at AMC Empire theater in Times Square, New York in 2010, then a record, says Steve Weintraub at Collider

Average U.S. ticket price 10 years ago, according to Box Office Mojo

Average U.S. ticket price 25 years ago

Average U.S. ticket price 50 years ago

Average U.S. ticket price 75 years ago

Cost today, when adjusted for inflation, of a ticket purchased at the average price of $1.65 in 1971, according to The New York Times. That's more than a dollar higher than today's record average.

Number of consecutive years the cost of a movie ticket has increased

$10.5 billion
2010 domestic box office total, down from $10.6 billion in 2009, according to

$6.42 billion
2011 domestic box office total to date, down 5.55 percent from this time last year, according to The New York Times

Percent downturn in movie attendance in 2010 compared to 2009

Typical surcharge added on to the price of a 3D movie ticket

Sources: Box Office Mojo, Collider, Businessweek,, Hollywood Reporter, NY Times