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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 60,857,463 $513,028,802 $513,028,802
2016 1,334,586,276 $11,250,565,707 $11,250,565,707
2015 1,338,896,756 $11,286,903,046 $11,286,903,046 $8.43
2014 1,267,279,234 $10,353,674,454 $10,683,163,939 $8.17
2013 1,340,223,235 $10,896,017,881 $11,298,081,898 $8.13
2012 1,387,104,769 $11,041,356,916 $11,693,293,203 $7.96
2011 1,284,797,713 $10,188,448,313 $10,830,844,714 $7.93
2010 1,331,634,892 $10,506,601,531 $11,225,682,154 $7.89
2009 1,418,841,184 $10,641,310,754 $11,960,816,546 $7.50
2008 1,362,435,970 $9,782,292,328 $11,485,335,238 $7.18
2007 1,419,660,704 $9,767,268,194 $11,967,739,742 $6.88
2006 1,403,069,991 $9,190,110,914 $11,827,880,024 $6.55
2005 1,376,193,127 $8,821,400,084 $11,599,968,588 $6.41
2004 1,494,939,272 $9,283,574,830 $12,602,338,078 $6.21
2003 1,524,982,768 $9,195,647,984 $12,855,604,738 $6.03
2002 1,576,889,132 $9,161,727,649 $13,293,175,395 $5.81
2001 1,465,961,374 $8,297,343,031 $12,358,054,395 $5.66
2000 1,397,576,766 $7,532,940,433 $11,781,572,136 $5.39
1999 1,445,168,167 $7,341,455,594 $12,182,767,646 $5.08
1998 1,443,007,850 $6,767,707,814 $12,164,556,183 $4.69
1997 1,385,216,757 $6,358,145,799 $11,677,377,256 $4.59
1996 1,310,013,419 $5,790,260,095 $11,043,393,938 $4.42
1995 1,221,825,463 $5,314,941,459 $10,299,988,646 $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 Fantasy
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
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 $459,182,996 57,686,306
2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Science Fiction
Live Action
Spin-Off
Adventure
PG-13 $78,226,311 $78,226,311 9,279,514

Top-Grossing Distributors 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Walt Disney 532 $30,372,657,571 $57,091,462 15.24%
2 Warner Bros. 678 $29,987,340,938 $44,229,116 15.05%
3 Sony Pictures 642 $24,681,780,133 $38,445,140 12.39%
4 20th Century Fox 470 $23,147,451,029 $49,249,896 11.62%
5 Universal 434 $22,593,312,381 $52,058,323 11.34%
6 Paramount Pictures 443 $22,262,532,343 $50,254,023 11.17%
7 Lionsgate 344 $7,443,670,969 $21,638,578 3.74%
8 New Line 205 $6,194,053,295 $30,214,894 3.11%
9 Dreamworks SKG 78 $4,278,670,768 $54,854,753 2.15%
10 Miramax 383 $3,841,082,392 $10,028,936 1.93%
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Top-Grossing Genres 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Adventure 705 $44,850,931,002 $63,618,342 22.51%
2 Comedy 2,297 $42,785,643,418 $18,626,749 21.47%
3 Action 810 $36,333,880,413 $44,856,642 18.23%
4 Drama 4,427 $33,009,674,661 $7,456,443 16.56%
5 Thriller/Suspense 893 $16,968,141,119 $19,001,278 8.51%
6 Romantic Comedy 534 $9,395,740,079 $17,595,019 4.71%
7 Horror 481 $8,946,300,759 $18,599,378 4.49%
8 Musical 146 $2,144,654,262 $14,689,413 1.08%
9 Documentary 1,830 $1,993,093,112 $1,089,122 1.00%
10 Black Comedy 152 $1,266,547,783 $8,332,551 0.64%
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Top-Grossing MPAA Ratings 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 PG-13 2,741 $94,064,828,742 $34,317,705 47.20%
2 R 4,670 $54,194,197,041 $11,604,753 27.19%
3 PG 1,270 $40,334,722,866 $31,759,624 20.24%
4 G 334 $8,940,916,118 $26,769,210 4.49%
5 Not Rated 4,399 $1,613,152,521 $366,709 0.81%
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 6,324 $91,337,508,688 $14,442,996 45.83%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 1,794 $43,040,294,990 $23,991,246 21.60%
3 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 180 $15,235,877,046 $84,643,761 7.65%
4 Remake 290 $10,600,234,021 $36,552,531 5.32%
5 Based on TV 203 $10,193,464,754 $50,214,112 5.12%
6 Based on Real Life Events 2,438 $9,469,101,525 $3,883,963 4.75%
7 Based on Factual Book/Article 170 $5,478,981,003 $32,229,300 2.75%
8 Spin-Off 31 $2,702,187,167 $87,167,328 1.36%
9 Based on Folk Tale/Legend/Fairytale 60 $2,489,430,706 $41,490,512 1.25%
10 Based on Play 235 $2,046,095,699 $8,706,790 1.03%
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Top-Grossing Production Methods 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Live Action 11,648 $158,950,160,770 $13,646,133 79.76%
2 Digital Animation 239 $18,683,906,191 $78,175,340 9.38%
3 Animation/Live Action 156 $17,858,203,942 $114,475,666 8.96%
4 Hand Animation 139 $2,908,857,421 $20,927,032 1.46%
5 Stop-Motion Animation 35 $616,974,337 $17,627,838 0.31%
6 Multiple Production Methods 19 $24,415,274 $1,285,014 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 5,783 $82,789,203,817 $14,315,961 41.54%
2 Kids Fiction 442 $25,370,600,168 $57,399,548 12.73%
3 Fantasy 764 $24,096,461,084 $31,539,871 12.09%
4 Science Fiction 532 $24,034,055,695 $45,176,796 12.06%
5 Historical Fiction 1,174 $15,152,336,877 $12,906,590 7.60%
6 Super Hero 87 $12,846,193,462 $147,657,396 6.45%
7 Dramatization 815 $11,850,962,238 $14,541,058 5.95%
8 Factual 1,883 $2,680,402,396 $1,423,474 1.35%
9 Multiple Creative Types 27 $116,565,863 $4,317,254 0.06%
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