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Domestic Theatrical Market Summary for 1996

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Note: The Box Office figures are adjusted for inflation.

Total Box Office Gross: $5,790,260,095
Tickets Sold: 1,310,013,419
Average Ticket Price: $4.42

Top Grossing Movies of 1996

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorGenreMPAA1996 GrossTickets Sold
1 Independence Day Jul 2 20th Century Fox Adventure PG-13 $306,169,255 69,269,062
2 Twister May 10 Warner Bros. Action PG-13 $241,688,385 54,680,630
3 Mission: Impossible May 21 Paramount Pictures Action PG-13 $180,981,886 40,946,128
4 The Rock Jun 7 Walt Disney Action R $134,069,511 30,332,468
5 Ransom Nov 8 Walt Disney Action R $129,181,606 29,226,607
6 The Nutty Professor Jun 28 Universal Comedy PG-13 $128,814,019 29,143,443
7 The Birdcage Mar 8 MGM Comedy R $124,060,553 28,067,998
8 101 Dalmatians Nov 27 Walt Disney Adventure G $121,795,758 27,555,601
9 A Time to Kill Jul 24 Warner Bros. Drama R $108,766,007 24,607,693
10 The First Wives Club Sep 20 Paramount Pictures Comedy PG $104,670,012 23,680,998
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Biggest Weekends of 1996

RankDateMovieWeekend
Revenue
TheatersDistributorGenre
1 Jul 5, 1996 Independence Day $50,228,264 2,882 20th Century Fox Adventure
2 May 24, 1996 Mission: Impossible $45,436,830 3,012 Paramount Pictures Action
3 May 10, 1996 Twister $41,059,405 2,414 Warner Bros. Action
4 May 24, 1996 Twister $37,966,706 2,808 Warner Bros. Action
5 May 17, 1996 Twister $37,093,440 2,785 Warner Bros. Action
6 Jul 12, 1996 Independence Day $35,242,709 2,908 20th Century Fox Adventure
7 Nov 8, 1996 Ransom $34,216,088 2,676 Walt Disney Action
8 Nov 29, 1996 101 Dalmatians $33,504,025 2,794 Walt Disney Adventure
9 Nov 22, 1996 Star Trek: First Contact $30,716,131 2,812 Paramount Pictures Adventure
10 Nov 15, 1996 Space Jam $27,528,529 2,650 Warner Bros. Adventure

Weekend Breakdown Domestic Box Office for 1996

Weekend No. 1 Movie Weeks in
Release
No. 1
Box
Office
Combined
Weekend
Box Office
No. 1 /
Combined
Jan 5, 1996 Twelve Monkeys 2 $13,620,705 $79,761,004 17%
Jan 12, 1996 Twelve Monkeys 3 $11,501,150 $109,552,030 10%
Jan 19, 1996 From Dusk Till Dawn New $10,240,805 $81,856,409 13%
Jan 26, 1996 Mr. Holland’s Opus 5 $8,297,082 $63,579,367 13%
Feb 2, 1996 Black Sheep New $10,593,609 $69,309,409 15%
Feb 9, 1996 Broken Arrow New $15,583,510 $66,559,857 23%
Feb 16, 1996 Broken Arrow 2 $13,459,777 $95,541,164 14%
Feb 23, 1996 Rumble in the Bronx New $9,858,380 $72,162,101 14%
Mar 1, 1996 Up Close & Personal New $11,101,955 $68,573,355 16%
Mar 8, 1996 The Birdcage New $18,275,828 $77,078,046 24%
Mar 15, 1996 The Birdcage 2 $16,034,306 $66,053,171 24%
Mar 22, 1996 The Birdcage 3 $13,294,404 $63,070,989 21%
Mar 29, 1996 The Birdcage 4 $10,106,414 $61,045,177 17%
Apr 5, 1996 Primal Fear New $9,871,222 $66,503,999 15%
Apr 12, 1996 Primal Fear 2 $8,108,561 $62,733,968 13%
Apr 19, 1996 Primal Fear 3 $6,585,472 $55,456,649 12%
Apr 26, 1996 The Quest New $7,029,120 $55,207,106 13%
May 3, 1996 The Craft New $6,710,995 $51,422,042 13%
May 10, 1996 Twister New $41,059,405 $70,770,342 58%
May 17, 1996 Twister 2 $37,093,440 $67,199,042 55%
May 24, 1996 Mission: Impossible New $45,436,830 $121,310,916 37%
May 31, 1996 Mission: Impossible 2 $21,629,362 $82,900,215 26%
Jun 7, 1996 The Rock New $25,069,525 $83,270,198 30%
Jun 14, 1996 The Cable Guy New $19,806,226 $75,146,644 26%
Jun 21, 1996 Eraser New $24,566,446 $97,124,527 25%
Jun 28, 1996 The Nutty Professor New $25,411,725 $105,179,645 24%
Jul 5, 1996 Independence Day New $50,228,264 $163,503,013 31%
Jul 12, 1996 Independence Day 2 $35,242,709 $109,949,564 32%
Jul 19, 1996 Independence Day 3 $21,274,817 $86,802,625 25%
Jul 26, 1996 A Time to Kill New $14,823,159 $87,500,691 17%
Aug 2, 1996 A Time to Kill 2 $13,262,934 $80,965,259 16%
Aug 9, 1996 Jack New $11,191,496 $77,458,077 14%
Aug 16, 1996 Tin Cup New $10,128,834 $73,836,868 14%
Aug 23, 1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau New $9,101,987 $72,474,154 13%
Aug 30, 1996 The Crow: City of Angels New $9,785,111 $89,167,510 11%
Sep 6, 1996 Bulletproof New $6,014,400 $52,393,105 11%
Sep 13, 1996 Maximum Risk New $5,612,707 $51,590,542 11%
Sep 20, 1996 The First Wives Club New $18,913,411 $56,496,177 33%
Sep 27, 1996 The First Wives Club 2 $15,314,530 $53,980,425 28%
Oct 4, 1996 The First Wives Club 3 $11,017,356 $54,052,258 20%
Oct 11, 1996 The Ghost and the Darkness New $10,321,400 $67,515,662 15%
Oct 18, 1996 Sleepers New $12,305,745 $59,294,388 21%
Oct 25, 1996 Sleepers 2 $9,605,059 $56,292,932 17%
Nov 1, 1996 Romeo+Juliet New $11,133,231 $61,927,685 18%
Nov 8, 1996 Ransom New $34,216,088 $80,781,734 42%
Nov 15, 1996 Space Jam New $27,528,529 $89,757,606 31%
Nov 22, 1996 Star Trek: First Contact New $30,716,131 $97,598,768 31%
Nov 29, 1996 101 Dalmatians New $33,504,025 $141,787,829 24%
Dec 6, 1996 101 Dalmatians 2 $13,944,053 $57,934,852 24%
Dec 13, 1996 Jerry Maguire New $17,084,296 $66,283,664 26%
Dec 20, 1996 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America New $20,114,233 $82,534,479 24%
Dec 27, 1996 Michael New $17,435,711 $114,214,534 15%

The highest values in the column(s) No. 1 Box Office, Combined Weekend Box Office, No. 1 / Combined are shown in bold.

The lowest values in the column(s) No. 1 Box Office, Combined Weekend Box Office, No. 1 / Combined are shown underlined.

Market Share for Each Distributor in 1996

RankDistributorMovies1996 GrossTicketsShare
1 Walt Disney 37 $1,219,151,882 275,826,197 21.06%
2 Warner Bros. 30 $909,855,035 205,849,541 15.71%
3 Paramount Pictures 24 $740,924,146 167,629,885 12.80%
4 20th Century Fox 15 $730,976,224 165,379,228 12.62%
5 Sony Pictures 40 $613,497,527 138,800,326 10.60%
6 Universal 18 $482,379,703 109,135,672 8.33%
7 New Line 20 $297,962,883 67,412,408 5.15%
8 MGM 19 $292,208,554 66,110,524 5.05%
9 Miramax 40 $243,647,983 55,123,957 4.21%
10 Gramercy 14 $83,450,697 18,880,240 1.44%
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Market Share for Each Genre in 1996

RankGenreMovies1996 GrossTicketsShare
1 Drama 120 $1,372,542,702 310,529,965 23.70%
2 Adventure 35 $1,290,897,521 292,058,245 22.29%
3 Action 36 $1,243,494,461 281,333,573 21.48%
4 Comedy 71 $1,081,970,531 244,789,679 18.69%
5 Romantic Comedy 19 $386,555,031 87,455,879 6.68%
6 Thriller/Suspense 20 $284,406,861 64,345,434 4.91%
7 Horror 9 $112,915,551 25,546,499 1.95%
8 Documentary 6 $6,549,634 1,481,814 0.11%
9 47 $4,772,345 1,079,697 0.08%
10 Black Comedy 3 $2,567,371 580,852 0.04%
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Market Share for Each MPAA Rating in 1996

RankMPAA RatingMovies1996 GrossTicketsShare
1 R 187 $2,366,367,597 535,377,194 40.87%
2 PG-13 76 $1,979,983,530 447,960,038 34.20%
3 PG 54 $1,107,227,264 250,503,880 19.12%
4 G 14 $381,311,167 86,269,487 6.59%
5 Not Rated 7 $6,013,665 1,360,555 0.10%
6 1 $1,310,167 296,417 0.02%
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Market Share for Each Type of Source Material in 1996

RankSource MaterialMovies1996 GrossTicketsShare
1 Original Screenplay 181 $3,065,943,670 693,652,324 52.95%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 78 $1,637,575,745 370,492,213 28.28%
3 Based on TV 10 $409,046,213 92,544,387 7.06%
4 Remake 4 $299,857,397 67,841,038 5.18%
5 Based on Real Life Events 23 $169,644,497 38,381,099 2.93%
6 Based on Play 13 $64,517,134 14,596,629 1.11%
7 Based on Short Film 4 $62,002,436 14,027,698 1.07%
8 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 5 $39,668,561 8,974,785 0.69%
9 Based on Toy 1 $33,796,571 7,646,283 0.58%
10 46 $4,734,809 1,071,205 0.08%
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Market Share for Each Production Method in 1996

RankProduction MethodMovies1996 GrossTicketsShare
1 Live Action 310 $5,393,782,485 1,220,312,627 93.15%
2 Hand Animation 6 $167,987,145 38,006,139 2.90%
3 Animation/Live Action 3 $152,189,146 34,431,932 2.63%
4 Digital Animation 1 $41,648,011 9,422,626 0.72%
5 Stop-Motion Animation 2 $29,880,963 6,760,398 0.52%
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Market Share for Each Creative Type in 1996

RankCreative TypeMovies1996 GrossTicketsShare
1 Contemporary Fiction 185 $3,568,649,159 807,386,593 61.63%
2 Kids Fiction 21 $716,145,260 162,023,805 12.37%
3 Science Fiction 15 $593,544,278 134,286,030 10.25%
4 Historical Fiction 41 $420,295,279 95,089,408 7.26%
5 Fantasy 20 $267,995,307 60,632,411 4.63%
6 Dramatization 21 $192,754,429 43,609,592 3.33%
7 Super Hero 1 $17,220,599 3,896,063 0.30%
8 Factual 6 $6,549,634 1,481,814 0.11%
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Our Theatrical Market pages are based on the Domestic Theatrical Market performance only. The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

The yearly amounts on our Theatrical Market pages are based on box office years. Each box office year starts on the first Monday of the year, so the previous year ends on the Sunday before the first Monday. For example, the "2017 box office year" started on January 2, 2017 so the "2016 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

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