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Market Share for Each Genre in 1997

Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 1997. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 1997. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 1996 will most likely earn money in 1996 and 1997.

Each box office year ends on the first Sunday of the following year. The next year starts the following day (Monday). For example, the "2004 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 2, 2005.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 1997

Summary for all Years
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RankGenreMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Comedy 82 $1,534,324,872 334,275,530 24.13%
2 Action 35 $1,456,607,580 317,343,684 22.91%
3 Drama 116 $1,198,200,804 261,045,870 18.85%
4 Thriller/Suspense 23 $646,036,777 140,748,740 10.16%
5 Adventure 12 $644,382,348 140,388,306 10.13%
6 Horror 11 $407,801,247 88,845,581 6.41%
7 Romantic Comedy 21 $297,128,612 64,733,894 4.67%
8 Musical 5 $114,425,007 24,929,194 1.80%
9 Black Comedy 5 $37,327,594 8,132,372 0.59%
10 Documentary 9 $10,372,500 2,259,800 0.16%