Domestic Theatrical Market Summary for 1997

Total Box Office Gross: $6,508,558,809
Tickets Sold: 1,417,986,668
Average Ticket Price: $4.59

Top Grossing Movies of 1997

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorGenreMPAA1997 GrossTickets Sold
1 Men in Black Jul 1 Sony Pictures Adventure PG-13 $250,107,128 54,489,570
2 The Lost World: Jurassic Park May 22 Universal Action PG-13 $229,074,524 49,907,304
3 Liar Liar Mar 21 Universal Comedy PG-13 $181,395,380 39,519,691
4 Air Force One Jul 25 Sony Pictures Action R $172,144,501 37,504,249
5 Titanic in 3D Apr 4 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense PG-13 $157,467,971 34,306,747
6 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope Jul 21 20th Century Fox Adventure PG $138,133,173 30,094,373
7 My Best Friend's Wedding Jun 20 Sony Pictures Comedy PG-13 $126,768,249 27,618,355
8 Face/Off Jun 27 Paramount Pictures Action R $112,273,211 24,460,395
9 Batman & Robin Jun 20 Warner Bros. Action PG-13 $107,308,328 23,378,721
10 George Of The Jungle Jul 16 Walt Disney Comedy PG $105,224,566 22,924,742
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Biggest Weekends of 1997

RankDateMovieWeekend
Revenue
TheatersDistributorGenre
1 May 23, 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $72,132,785 3,281 Universal Action
2 Jul 4, 1997 Men in Black $51,068,455 3,020 Sony Pictures Adventure
3 Jun 20, 1997 Batman & Robin $42,872,605 2,934 Warner Bros. Action
4 Jul 25, 1997 Air Force One $37,132,505 2,919 Sony Pictures Action
5 Jan 31, 1997 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope $35,906,661 2,104 20th Century Fox Adventure
6 Dec 26, 1997 Titanic $35,455,673 2,711 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense
7 May 30, 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $34,116,390 3,282 Universal Action
8 Dec 12, 1997 Scream 2 $32,926,342 2,663 Miramax Horror
9 Mar 21, 1997 Liar Liar $31,423,025 2,845 Universal Comedy
10 Jul 11, 1997 Men in Black $30,062,317 3,020 Sony Pictures Adventure

Market Share for Each Distributor in 1997

RankDistributorMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Sony Pictures 36 $1,297,100,693 282,592,746 19.93%
2 Walt Disney 35 $921,185,847 200,694,084 14.15%
3 Paramount Pictures 28 $912,785,768 198,864,003 14.02%
4 Warner Bros. 29 $690,127,698 150,354,618 10.60%
5 20th Century Fox 21 $662,534,957 144,343,130 10.18%
6 Universal 13 $618,644,022 134,780,834 9.51%
7 Miramax 32 $423,387,894 92,241,372 6.51%
8 New Line 19 $359,772,959 78,381,909 5.53%
9 MGM 12 $170,456,099 37,136,403 2.62%
10 Dreamworks SKG 3 $107,991,931 23,527,654 1.66%
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Market Share for Each Genre in 1997

RankGenreMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Comedy 80 $1,611,560,108 351,102,419 24.76%
2 Action 35 $1,464,508,600 319,065,057 22.50%
3 Drama 111 $1,080,783,289 235,464,770 16.61%
4 Adventure 13 $648,072,260 141,192,213 9.96%
5 Thriller/Suspense 23 $645,507,898 140,633,530 9.92%
6 Horror 10 $425,383,665 92,676,180 6.54%
7 Romantic Comedy 21 $331,483,903 72,218,718 5.09%
8 89 $139,803,197 30,458,206 2.15%
9 Musical 5 $116,326,316 25,343,424 1.79%
10 Black Comedy 5 $37,178,602 8,099,913 0.57%
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Market Share for Each MPAA Rating in 1997

RankMPAA RatingMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 R 185 $2,591,178,807 564,526,976 39.81%
2 PG-13 76 $2,373,125,250 517,020,751 36.46%
3 PG 54 $1,168,229,810 254,516,299 17.95%
4 G 11 $228,175,967 49,711,541 3.51%
5 Not Rated 10 $10,540,382 2,296,380 0.16%
6 NC-17 2 $786,143 171,273 0.01%
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Market Share for Each Type of Source Material in 1997

RankSource MaterialMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Original Screenplay 186 $3,644,126,304 793,927,303 55.99%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 58 $1,460,529,287 318,198,104 22.44%
3 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 3 $306,760,916 66,832,443 4.71%
4 Based on TV 10 $303,548,833 66,132,644 4.66%
5 Based on Real Life Events 23 $286,639,258 62,448,641 4.40%
6 Remake 5 $243,041,960 52,950,317 3.73%
7 Based on Factual Book/Article 2 $94,298,563 20,544,350 1.45%
8 Based on Play 14 $61,087,065 13,308,729 0.94%
9 Based on Musical or Opera 1 $49,660,364 10,819,251 0.76%
10 Based on Game 1 $35,059,903 7,638,323 0.54%
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Market Share for Each Production Method in 1997

RankProduction MethodMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Live Action 296 $5,868,699,087 1,278,583,684 90.17%
2 Animation/Live Action 3 $291,843,461 63,582,454 4.48%
3 Hand Animation 7 $208,032,201 45,322,920 3.20%
4 Stop-Motion Animation 1 $101,029 22,011 0.00%
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Market Share for Each Creative Type in 1997

RankCreative TypeMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Contemporary Fiction 190 $3,774,056,383 822,234,514 57.99%
2 Science Fiction 16 $1,076,887,067 234,615,921 16.55%
3 Historical Fiction 35 $627,483,349 136,706,610 9.64%
4 Dramatization 21 $396,765,564 86,441,299 6.10%
5 Kids Fiction 14 $344,227,780 74,995,159 5.29%
6 Super Hero 2 $108,994,757 23,746,135 1.67%
7 Fantasy 7 $89,063,022 19,403,708 1.37%
8 Factual 6 $7,950,971 1,732,238 0.12%
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