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Domestic Theatrical Market Summary for 1997

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Total Box Office Gross: $6,358,145,799
Tickets Sold: 1,385,216,757
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 $250,650,052 54,607,854
2 The Lost World: Jurassic Park May 22 Universal Action PG-13 $229,086,679 49,909,951
3 Liar Liar Mar 21 Universal Comedy PG-13 $181,410,615 39,523,009
4 Air Force One Jul 25 Sony Pictures Action R $172,480,186 37,577,382
5 Titanic Dec 19 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 The Godfather Mar 15 Paramount Pictures Drama R $129,141,981 28,135,507
8 My Best Friend's Wedding Jun 20 Sony Pictures Comedy PG $126,776,290 27,620,106
9 Face/Off Jun 27 Paramount Pictures Action R $112,276,146 24,461,033
10 Batman & Robin Jun 20 Warner Bros. Action PG-13 $107,325,195 23,382,395
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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 $1,269,256,493 276,526,450 19.96%
2 Paramount Pictures 27 $889,415,108 193,772,340 13.99%
3 Walt Disney 33 $885,889,269 193,004,183 13.93%
4 Warner Bros. 30 $670,912,791 146,168,351 10.55%
5 20th Century Fox 21 $644,398,839 140,391,895 10.14%
6 Universal 13 $614,947,075 133,975,392 9.67%
7 Miramax 33 $423,765,378 92,323,596 6.66%
8 New Line 19 $334,211,383 72,812,928 5.26%
9 MGM 12 $170,632,351 37,174,799 2.68%
10 Dreamworks SKG 3 $108,096,369 23,550,405 1.70%
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Market Share for Each Genre in 1997

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 117 $1,198,241,550 261,054,747 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 84 $11,497,712 2,504,909 0.18%
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Market Share for Each MPAA Rating in 1997

RankMPAA RatingMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 R 187 $2,693,866,366 586,898,898 42.37%
2 PG-13 75 $2,195,369,385 478,293,951 34.53%
3 PG 55 $1,238,062,974 269,730,470 19.47%
4 G 10 $209,950,183 45,740,776 3.30%
5 Not Rated 13 $11,142,033 2,427,452 0.18%
6 NC-17 2 $786,143 171,272 0.01%
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Market Share for Each Type of Source Material in 1997

RankSource MaterialMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Original Screenplay 189 $3,543,360,688 771,973,915 55.73%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 60 $1,439,860,666 313,695,102 22.65%
3 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 3 $307,316,473 66,953,478 4.83%
4 Based on TV 10 $286,957,739 62,518,022 4.51%
5 Based on Real Life Events 26 $279,197,720 60,827,379 4.39%
6 Remake 4 $224,893,862 48,996,483 3.54%
7 Based on Factual Book/Article 2 $94,411,005 20,568,845 1.48%
8 Based on Play 15 $58,468,460 12,738,220 0.92%
9 Based on Musical or Opera 1 $47,769,067 10,407,204 0.75%
10 Based on Game 1 $35,059,903 7,638,323 0.55%
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Market Share for Each Production Method in 1997

RankProduction MethodMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Live Action 308 $5,863,161,388 1,277,377,062 92.21%
2 Animation/Live Action 3 $288,428,472 62,838,445 4.54%
3 Hand Animation 6 $194,926,749 42,467,698 3.07%
4 Stop-Motion Animation 1 $42,303 9,216 0.00%
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Market Share for Each Creative Type in 1997

RankCreative TypeMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Contemporary Fiction 194 $3,668,536,369 799,245,303 57.70%
2 Science Fiction 17 $1,133,629,147 246,978,019 17.83%
3 Historical Fiction 34 $618,932,642 134,843,695 9.73%
4 Dramatization 22 $385,614,808 84,011,932 6.06%
5 Kids Fiction 15 $336,914,667 73,401,881 5.30%
6 Super Hero 2 $109,011,624 23,749,808 1.71%
7 Fantasy 9 $78,676,678 17,140,885 1.24%
8 Factual 9 $10,372,500 2,259,800 0.16%
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