Domestic Movie Theatrical Market Summary 1995 to 2014

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

  1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Tickets (billion) 1.22 1.27 1.42 1.45 1.44 1.39 1.44 1.58 1.55 1.47 1.39 1.41 1.40 1.39 1.42 1.34 1.28 1.36 1.34 1.25
Revenue ($bn) 5.29 5.59 6.51 6.78 7.30 7.48 8.13 9.19 9.35 9.11 8.93 9.25 9.63 9.95 10.65 10.54 10.19 10.83 10.90 10.19

Note: Figures for 2014 are at an annualized rate.

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. $183,997,904 $336,695,017 42,298,369
1996 Independence Day Science Fiction
Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG-13 20th Century Fox $306,124,059 $551,300,343 69,258,837
1997 Men in Black Science Fiction
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Sony Pictures $250,107,128 $433,736,977 54,489,570
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 $674,474,226 84,732,943
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Kids Fiction
Live Action
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Comedy
PG Universal $253,367,455 $374,175,314 47,006,949
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Fantasy
Animation/Live Action
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Adventure
PG Warner Bros. $291,594,218 $410,086,567 51,518,413
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 $436,471,036 $559,470,120 70,285,191
2005 Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith Science Fiction
Animation/Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG-13 20th Century Fox $380,262,555 $472,213,723 59,323,332
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 $382,452,616 48,046,811
2012 The Avengers Super Hero
Animation/Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
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 $398,967,944 50,121,601
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Super Hero
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Walt Disney $331,041,783 $331,041,783 40,568,845

Top-Grossing Distributors 1995 to 2014

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Warner Bros. 593 $26,131,195,019 $44,066,096 14.96%
2 Walt Disney 499 $24,796,947,994 $49,693,283 14.20%
3 Sony Pictures 591 $22,925,703,138 $38,791,376 13.12%
4 Paramount Pictures 396 $20,553,397,995 $51,902,520 11.77%
5 20th Century Fox 414 $19,908,373,419 $48,087,859 11.40%
6 Universal 384 $18,541,949,224 $48,286,326 10.61%
7 New Line 206 $6,187,505,981 $30,036,437 3.54%
8 Lionsgate 284 $5,888,173,684 $20,733,006 3.37%
9 Dreamworks SKG 75 $4,083,551,613 $54,447,355 2.34%
10 Miramax 376 $3,829,456,960 $10,184,726 2.19%
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Top-Grossing Genres 1995 to 2014

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Comedy 2,033 $38,863,256,381 $19,116,211 22.25%
2 Adventure 613 $38,311,043,971 $62,497,625 21.93%
3 Action 690 $30,273,415,389 $43,874,515 17.33%
4 Drama 3,757 $28,918,709,429 $7,697,288 16.55%
5 Thriller/Suspense 740 $14,999,117,851 $20,269,078 8.59%
6 Romantic Comedy 476 $9,166,593,646 $19,257,550 5.25%
7 Horror 408 $7,963,508,517 $19,518,403 4.56%
8 Documentary 1,492 $1,862,921,258 $1,248,607 1.07%
9 Musical 126 $1,686,895,121 $13,388,057 0.97%
10 Black Comedy 126 $1,125,804,502 $8,934,956 0.64%
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Top-Grossing MPAA Ratings 1995 to 2014

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 PG-13 2,438 $83,018,834,267 $34,052,024 46.87%
2 R 4,207 $48,642,548,419 $11,562,289 27.46%
3 PG 1,147 $34,640,259,520 $30,200,749 19.56%
4 G 309 $9,157,130,039 $29,634,725 5.17%
5 Not Rated 3,084 $1,351,975,410 $438,384 0.76%
6 NC-17 24 $54,272,929 $2,261,372 0.03%
7 Open 5 $5,447,424 $1,089,485 0.00%
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Top-Grossing Sources 1995 to 2014

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Original Screenplay 5,355 $80,886,773,026 $15,104,906 46.30%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 1,561 $38,239,449,128 $24,496,764 21.89%
3 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 147 $12,356,261,666 $84,056,202 7.07%
4 Remake 271 $10,076,068,153 $37,181,063 5.77%
5 Based on TV 191 $9,500,897,758 $49,742,920 5.44%
6 Based on Real Life Events 2,005 $8,375,753,681 $4,177,433 4.79%
7 Based on Factual Book/Article 106 $3,869,730,259 $36,506,889 2.22%
8 Based on Folk Tale/Legend/Fairytale 50 $2,085,031,114 $41,700,622 1.19%
9 Based on Play 210 $1,892,213,797 $9,010,542 1.08%
10 Spin-Off 21 $1,527,877,510 $72,756,072 0.87%
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Top-Grossing Production Methods 1995 to 2014

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Live Action 9,893 $140,067,600,073 $14,158,253 80.18%
2 Animation/Live Action 130 $15,691,660,405 $120,705,080 8.98%
3 Digital Animation 193 $15,055,548,627 $78,008,024 8.62%
4 Hand Animation 126 $2,894,651,288 $22,973,423 1.66%
5 Stop-Motion Animation 28 $543,893,012 $19,424,750 0.31%
6 Multiple Production Methods 17 $19,185,965 $1,128,586 0.01%
7 Rotoscoping 3 $8,393,627 $2,797,876 0.00%
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Top-Grossing Creative Types 1995 to 2014

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Contemporary Fiction 4,911 $75,753,364,741 $15,425,242 43.37%
2 Kids Fiction 391 $21,173,910,000 $54,153,223 12.12%
3 Fantasy 631 $21,063,516,531 $33,381,167 12.06%
4 Science Fiction 454 $19,806,872,142 $43,627,472 11.34%
5 Historical Fiction 974 $14,032,400,998 $14,406,983 8.03%
6 Dramatization 665 $9,539,897,336 $14,345,710 5.46%
7 Super Hero 69 $9,327,202,160 $135,176,843 5.34%
8 Factual 1,546 $2,523,810,910 $1,632,478 1.44%
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