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Domestic Movie Theatrical Market Summary 1995 to 2017

Welcome to our reference library analyzing trends in the domestic movie industry since . In this area of the site, you'll find over 2,000 pages of information detailing the changes that have shaped the industry.

Our market analysis is built on The Numbers' unique categorization system, which uses six different criteria to identify a movie. Every movie released since 1995 is categorized according to the following attributes: Creative Type (factual, contemporary fiction, fantasy etc.), Source (book, play, original screenplay...), Genre (drama, horror, documentary etc.), MPAA Rating, Production Method (live action, digital animation etc.) and Distributor. Our market charts provide year-by-year analysis across these categories, allowing analysis of market trends. See, for example, how horror movie revenues have varied, the emergence of digital animation and live action/CGI animated movies, and the decline (and possible rebound) of R-rated movies. To explore, click on an individual year, distributor, genre, creative type, production method or MPAA rating to see annual trends in a particular category.

Note: in order to provide a fair comparison between movies released in different years, all rankings are based on ticket sales, which are calculated using average ticket prices announced by the MPAA in their annual state of the industry report.

Annual Ticket Sales

Note: Figures for 2017 are at an annualized rate. The Box Office Totals are not adjusted for inflation.

YearTickets SoldTotal Box OfficeTotal Inflation
Adjusted Box Office
Average
Ticket Price
2017 611,908,036 $5,293,006,091 $5,293,006,091
2016 1,300,652,133 $11,250,644,383 $11,250,644,383 $8.65
2015 1,338,896,756 $11,286,903,046 $11,581,456,967 $8.43
2014 1,267,279,234 $10,353,674,454 $10,961,965,400 $8.17
2013 1,340,223,235 $10,896,017,881 $11,592,931,004 $8.13
2012 1,387,104,895 $11,041,357,917 $11,998,457,364 $7.96
2011 1,284,679,354 $10,187,509,720 $11,112,476,440 $7.93
2010 1,331,636,233 $10,506,612,110 $11,518,653,439 $7.89
2009 1,418,841,184 $10,641,310,754 $12,272,958,163 $7.50
2008 1,362,435,970 $9,782,292,328 $11,785,071,154 $7.18
2007 1,419,660,704 $9,767,268,194 $12,280,065,100 $6.88
2006 1,403,069,991 $9,190,110,914 $12,136,555,438 $6.55
2005 1,376,193,127 $8,821,400,084 $11,902,185,388 $6.41
2004 1,494,939,272 $9,283,574,830 $12,931,224,732 $6.21
2003 1,524,982,768 $9,195,647,984 $13,191,100,965 $6.03
2002 1,576,889,752 $9,161,731,254 $13,640,096,368 $5.81
2001 1,465,961,374 $8,297,343,031 $12,680,565,914 $5.66
2000 1,397,576,766 $7,532,940,433 $12,089,039,033 $5.39
1999 1,445,166,323 $7,341,446,224 $12,500,688,704 $5.08
1998 1,442,986,620 $6,767,608,245 $12,481,834,274 $4.69
1997 1,385,216,757 $6,358,145,799 $11,982,124,970 $4.59
1996 1,310,013,419 $5,790,260,095 $11,331,589,090 $4.42
1995 1,221,825,463 $5,314,941,459 $10,568,790,251 $4.35

Top Movie of Each Year

This table lists the top-grossing movie for each year, based on tickets sold for each movie during the course of the year. Click on the year to see a detailed breakdown for the market as a whole in that year.

YearMovie
Categorization

Creative Type
Production Method
Source
Genre
MPAA
Rating
DistributorTotal for YearTotal in 2012 dollarsTickets Sold
1995 Batman Forever Super Hero
Live Action
Original Screenplay
Action
PG-13 Warner Bros. $184,031,112 $336,755,776 42,306,002
1996 Independence Day Science Fiction
Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG-13 20th Century Fox $306,169,255 $551,381,734 69,269,062
1997 Men in Black Science Fiction
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Sony Pictures $250,650,052 $434,678,518 54,607,854
1998 Titanic Historical Fiction
Live Action
Original Screenplay
Thriller/Suspense
PG-13 Paramount Pictures $443,319,081 $752,413,619 94,524,324
1999 Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace Science Fiction
Animation/Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG 20th Century Fox $430,443,350 $674,474,218 84,732,942
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Kids Fiction
Live Action
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Comedy
PG Universal $253,367,455 $374,175,306 47,006,948
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Fantasy
Animation/Live Action
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Adventure
PG Warner Bros. $300,404,434 $422,476,904 53,074,988
2002 Spider-Man Super Hero
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Sony Pictures $403,706,375 $553,098,578 69,484,746
2003 Finding Nemo Kids Fiction
Digital Animation
Original Screenplay
Adventure
G Walt Disney $339,714,367 $448,445,497 56,337,374
2004 Shrek 2 Kids Fiction
Digital Animation
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Adventure
PG Dreamworks SKG $441,226,247 $565,565,363 71,050,925
2005 Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith Science Fiction
Animation/Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG-13 20th Century Fox $380,270,577 $472,223,673 59,324,582
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Historical Fiction
Live Action
Based on Theme Park Ride
Adventure
PG-13 Walt Disney $423,315,812 $514,441,809 64,628,368
2007 Spider-Man 3 Super Hero
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Sony Pictures $336,530,303 $389,357,732 48,914,288
2008 The Dark Knight Super Hero
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Action
PG-13 Warner Bros. $531,001,578 $588,686,990 73,955,652
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Science Fiction
Animation/Live Action
Based on TV
Action
PG-13 Paramount Pictures $402,111,870 $426,774,731 53,614,916
2010 Toy Story 3 Kids Fiction
Digital Animation
Original Screenplay
Adventure
G Walt Disney $415,004,880 $418,686,798 52,598,844
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Fantasy
Animation/Live Action
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Adventure
PG-13 Warner Bros. $381,011,219 $382,452,624 48,046,812
2012 The Avengers Super Hero
Animation/Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Action
PG-13 Walt Disney $623,279,547 $623,279,542 78,301,450
2013 Iron Man 3 Super Hero
Animation/Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Action
PG-13 Walt Disney $408,992,272 $400,440,154 50,306,552
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Super Hero
Animation/Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Walt Disney $333,055,258 $324,494,471 40,765,637
2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens Science Fiction
Animation/Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG-13 Walt Disney $742,208,942 $700,828,369 88,043,765
2016 Finding Dory Kids Fiction
Digital Animation
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG Walt Disney $486,295,561 $447,504,354 56,219,140
2017 Beauty and the Beast Fantasy
Animation/Live Action
Remake
Musical
PG Walt Disney $503,583,429 $503,583,429 58,217,737

Top-Grossing Distributors 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Walt Disney 537 $31,552,017,545 $58,756,085 15.46%
2 Warner Bros. 687 $30,817,498,827 $44,858,077 15.10%
3 Sony Pictures 648 $24,813,025,365 $38,291,706 12.16%
4 20th Century Fox 477 $23,868,163,945 $50,038,080 11.70%
5 Universal 441 $23,451,403,176 $53,177,785 11.49%
6 Paramount Pictures 448 $22,507,308,573 $50,239,528 11.03%
7 Lionsgate 365 $7,918,785,574 $21,695,303 3.88%
8 New Line 205 $6,193,114,702 $30,210,316 3.03%
9 Dreamworks SKG 77 $4,278,649,271 $55,566,874 2.10%
10 Miramax 384 $3,841,091,660 $10,002,843 1.88%
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Top-Grossing Genres 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Adventure 719 $46,326,998,840 $64,432,544 22.70%
2 Comedy 2,326 $42,927,548,125 $18,455,524 21.04%
3 Action 834 $37,598,962,407 $45,082,689 18.43%
4 Drama 4,524 $33,686,748,922 $7,446,231 16.51%
5 Thriller/Suspense 911 $17,089,352,284 $18,758,894 8.37%
6 Romantic Comedy 542 $9,405,848,951 $17,353,965 4.61%
7 Horror 498 $9,403,340,810 $18,882,210 4.61%
8 Musical 147 $2,720,410,232 $18,506,192 1.33%
9 Documentary 1,886 $2,021,855,891 $1,072,034 0.99%
10 Black Comedy 154 $1,281,716,984 $8,322,838 0.63%
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Top-Grossing MPAA Ratings 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 PG-13 2,800 $96,362,079,341 $34,415,028 47.22%
2 R 4,741 $55,301,440,655 $11,664,510 27.10%
3 PG 1,297 $41,571,025,955 $32,051,678 20.37%
4 G 337 $9,037,713,234 $26,818,140 4.43%
5 Not Rated 4,616 $1,664,761,595 $360,650 0.82%
6 NC-17 24 $44,850,139 $1,868,756 0.02%
7 Open 5 $5,489,687 $1,097,937 0.00%
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Top-Grossing Sources 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Original Screenplay 6,465 $93,223,857,707 $14,419,777 45.68%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 1,828 $43,585,647,787 $23,843,352 21.36%
3 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 186 $16,227,296,502 $87,243,530 7.95%
4 Remake 294 $10,974,500,649 $37,328,234 5.38%
5 Based on TV 207 $10,390,833,648 $50,197,264 5.09%
6 Based on Real Life Events 2,513 $9,604,320,749 $3,821,855 4.71%
7 Based on Factual Book/Article 173 $5,648,638,273 $32,651,088 2.77%
8 Spin-Off 30 $2,669,020,562 $88,967,352 1.31%
9 Based on Folk Tale/Legend/Fairytale 63 $2,596,803,882 $41,219,109 1.27%
10 Based on Play 238 $2,069,862,281 $8,696,900 1.01%
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Top-Grossing Production Methods 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Live Action 11,902 $161,079,043,981 $13,533,780 78.94%
2 Animation/Live Action 169 $19,978,251,448 $118,214,506 9.79%
3 Digital Animation 247 $19,207,313,356 $77,762,402 9.41%
4 Hand Animation 141 $2,908,974,409 $20,631,024 1.43%
5 Stop-Motion Animation 36 $617,284,105 $17,146,781 0.30%
6 Multiple Production Methods 20 $27,250,629 $1,362,531 0.01%
7 Rotoscoping 3 $8,393,627 $2,797,876 0.00%
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Top-Grossing Creative Types 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Contemporary Fiction 5,925 $84,871,542,877 $14,324,311 41.59%
2 Kids Fiction 452 $26,051,608,742 $57,636,303 12.77%
3 Science Fiction 551 $24,518,208,176 $44,497,655 12.02%
4 Fantasy 757 $23,801,645,026 $31,442,067 11.66%
5 Historical Fiction 1,203 $15,760,619,256 $13,101,097 7.72%
6 Super Hero 90 $13,752,432,336 $152,804,804 6.74%
7 Dramatization 839 $12,125,233,982 $14,452,007 5.94%
8 Factual 1,939 $2,709,255,166 $1,397,244 1.33%
9 Multiple Creative Types 28 $119,401,218 $4,264,329 0.06%
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