Domestic Theatrical Market Summary for 1998

Total Box Office Gross: $6,777,452,458
Tickets Sold: 1,445,085,804
Average Ticket Price: $4.69

Top Grossing Movies of 1998

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorGenreMPAA1998 GrossTickets Sold
1 Titanic Apr 4 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense PG-13 $443,319,081 94,524,324
2 Armageddon Jul 1 Walt Disney Adventure PG-13 $201,573,391 42,979,401
3 Saving Private Ryan Jul 24 Dreamworks SKG Drama R $190,373,184 40,591,297
4 There's Something About Mary Jul 15 20th Century Fox Romantic Comedy R $174,711,122 37,251,838
5 The Waterboy Nov 6 Walt Disney Comedy PG-13 $150,037,914 31,991,026
6 Doctor Dolittle Jun 26 20th Century Fox Comedy PG-13 $144,155,118 30,736,699
7 Deep Impact May 8 Paramount Pictures Adventure PG-13 $140,300,426 29,914,803
8 Rush Hour Sep 18 New Line Action PG-13 $137,534,276 29,325,006
9 A Bug's Life Nov 20 Walt Disney Adventure G $136,420,000 29,087,420
10 Godzilla May 19 Sony Pictures Action PG-13 $136,142,003 29,028,146
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Biggest Weekends of 1998

RankDateMovieWeekend
Revenue
TheatersDistributorGenre
1 May 22, 1998 Godzilla $44,047,541 3,310 Sony Pictures Action
2 May 8, 1998 Deep Impact $41,152,375 3,156 Paramount Pictures Adventure
3 Nov 6, 1998 The Waterboy $39,414,071 2,664 Walt Disney Comedy
4 Jul 3, 1998 Armageddon $36,089,972 3,127 Walt Disney Adventure
5 Jul 10, 1998 Lethal Weapon 4 $34,048,124 3,117 Warner Bros. Action
6 Jan 2, 1998 Titanic $33,315,278 2,727 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense
7 Nov 27, 1998 A Bug's Life $33,258,052 2,686 Walt Disney Adventure
8 Sep 18, 1998 Rush Hour $33,001,803 2,638 New Line Action
9 Feb 13, 1998 Titanic $32,876,424 3,002 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense
10 Jun 5, 1998 The Truman Show $31,542,121 2,315 Paramount Pictures Drama

Market Share for Each Distributor in 1998

RankDistributorMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Walt Disney 28 $1,108,750,922 236,407,445 16.36%
2 Paramount Pictures 18 $1,045,453,448 222,911,182 15.43%
3 Warner Bros. 29 $741,544,678 158,111,871 10.94%
4 20th Century Fox 19 $729,550,152 155,554,402 10.76%
5 Sony Pictures 38 $723,654,948 154,297,430 10.68%
6 New Line 17 $518,485,611 110,551,303 7.65%
7 Dreamworks SKG 7 $466,673,844 99,504,019 6.89%
8 Universal 20 $416,856,479 88,881,979 6.15%
9 Miramax 40 $393,672,539 83,938,706 5.81%
10 MGM 16 $188,600,864 40,213,403 2.78%
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Market Share for Each Genre in 1998

RankGenreMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Drama 123 $1,571,983,307 335,177,677 23.19%
2 Adventure 20 $1,213,272,244 258,693,446 17.90%
3 Comedy 83 $1,171,683,515 249,825,908 17.29%
4 Action 31 $994,536,914 212,054,778 14.67%
5 Thriller/Suspense 19 $782,523,377 166,849,332 11.55%
6 Romantic Comedy 14 $500,453,447 106,706,491 7.38%
7 Horror 15 $317,637,319 67,726,507 4.69%
8 Documentary 12 $115,718,746 24,673,506 1.71%
9 Musical 7 $52,405,908 11,173,968 0.77%
10 Black Comedy 6 $45,982,332 9,804,334 0.68%
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Market Share for Each MPAA Rating in 1998

RankMPAA RatingMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 PG-13 82 $2,997,132,553 639,047,452 44.22%
2 R 204 $2,382,202,090 507,932,209 35.15%
3 PG 44 $892,839,618 190,370,920 13.17%
4 G 16 $432,808,113 92,283,181 6.39%
5 Not Rated 21 $66,659,351 14,213,082 0.98%
6 NC-17 2 $615,092 131,150 0.01%
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Market Share for Each Type of Source Material in 1998

RankSource MaterialMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Original Screenplay 174 $3,952,908,053 842,837,533 58.32%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 77 $914,563,381 195,002,853 13.49%
3 Remake 12 $656,697,917 140,020,879 9.69%
4 Based on TV 11 $438,181,922 93,428,980 6.47%
5 Based on Real Life Events 23 $244,970,994 52,232,621 3.61%
6 Based on Folk Tale/Legend/Fairytale 2 $186,293,008 39,721,324 2.75%
7 114 $87,785,457 18,717,578 1.30%
8 Based on Play 9 $81,353,744 17,346,215 1.20%
9 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 2 $70,041,552 14,934,233 1.03%
10 Based on Religious Text 1 $66,351,000 14,147,335 0.98%
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Market Share for Each Production Method in 1998

RankProduction MethodMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Live Action 318 $6,234,132,310 1,329,239,293 91.98%
2 Hand Animation 8 $305,778,907 65,198,063 4.51%
3 Digital Animation 2 $225,634,361 48,109,672 3.33%
4 Animation/Live Action 1 $448,397 95,607 0.01%
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Market Share for Each Creative Type in 1998

RankCreative TypeMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Contemporary Fiction 181 $3,264,145,000 695,979,740 48.16%
2 Historical Fiction 41 $1,125,051,502 239,883,048 16.60%
3 Science Fiction 19 $807,074,893 172,084,200 11.91%
4 Kids Fiction 14 $526,842,937 112,333,251 7.77%
5 Fantasy 14 $521,283,205 111,147,803 7.69%
6 Dramatization 22 $332,036,743 70,796,749 4.90%
7 Factual 12 $115,718,746 24,673,506 1.71%
8 Super Hero 1 $70,001,065 14,925,600 1.03%
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