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Domestic Theatrical Market Summary for 1997

Total Box Office Gross: $6,349,415,203
Tickets Sold: 1,383,314,662
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 49,907,303
3 Liar Liar Mar 21 Universal Comedy PG-13 $181,395,380 39,519,690
4 Air Force One Jul 25 Sony Pictures Action R $172,144,501 37,504,248
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 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-13 $126,768,249 27,618,354
9 Face/Off Jun 27 Paramount Pictures Action R $112,273,211 24,460,394
10 Batman & Robin Jun 20 Warner Bros. Action PG-13 $107,308,328 23,378,720
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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 $1,266,912,787 276,015,839 19.95%
2 Paramount Pictures 27 $889,120,820 193,708,224 14.00%
3 Walt Disney 33 $885,222,513 192,858,919 13.94%
4 Warner Bros. 30 $670,335,551 146,042,589 10.56%
5 20th Century Fox 21 $642,499,934 139,978,188 10.12%
6 Universal 13 $614,490,657 133,875,953 9.68%
7 Miramax 33 $423,244,839 92,210,190 6.67%
8 New Line 19 $333,853,396 72,734,934 5.26%
9 MGM 12 $170,456,099 37,136,401 2.68%
10 Dreamworks SKG 3 $107,991,931 23,527,652 1.70%
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Market Share for Each Genre in 1997

RankGenreMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Comedy 82 $1,532,212,164 333,815,243 24.13%
2 Action 35 $1,455,386,050 317,077,553 22.92%
3 Drama 116 $1,196,045,794 260,576,370 18.84%
4 Thriller/Suspense 23 $645,579,129 140,649,037 10.17%
5 Adventure 12 $643,733,359 140,246,913 10.14%
6 Horror 11 $407,557,417 88,792,460 6.42%
7 Romantic Comedy 21 $295,623,711 64,406,027 4.66%
8 Musical 5 $114,293,575 24,900,560 1.80%
9 Black Comedy 5 $37,178,602 8,099,910 0.59%
10 84 $11,432,902 2,490,789 0.18%
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Market Share for Each MPAA Rating in 1997

RankMPAA RatingMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 R 187 $2,690,546,159 586,175,542 42.37%
2 PG-13 76 $2,318,152,160 505,044,007 36.51%
3 PG 54 $1,110,292,731 241,893,814 17.49%
4 G 10 $209,753,441 45,697,913 3.30%
5 Not Rated 12 $10,951,872 2,386,023 0.17%
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 188 $3,537,517,913 770,700,977 55.71%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 60 $1,438,513,991 313,401,709 22.66%
3 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 3 $306,760,916 66,832,442 4.83%
4 Based on TV 10 $286,514,340 62,421,419 4.51%
5 Based on Real Life Events 26 $279,018,928 60,788,426 4.39%
6 Remake 4 $224,802,028 48,976,475 3.54%
7 Based on Factual Book/Article 2 $94,298,563 20,544,348 1.49%
8 Based on Play 15 $58,374,148 12,717,673 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 307 $5,854,773,386 1,275,549,606 92.21%
2 Animation/Live Action 3 $288,347,430 62,820,789 4.54%
3 Hand Animation 6 $194,730,007 42,424,835 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 193 $3,662,753,250 797,985,361 57.69%
2 Science Fiction 17 $1,132,432,061 246,717,216 17.84%
3 Historical Fiction 34 $618,324,959 134,711,302 9.74%
4 Dramatization 22 $385,176,044 83,916,340 6.07%
5 Kids Fiction 15 $336,458,156 73,302,423 5.30%
6 Super Hero 2 $108,994,757 23,746,133 1.72%
7 Fantasy 9 $78,604,817 17,125,229 1.24%
8 Factual 9 $10,372,500 2,259,800 0.16%
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