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Market Share for Each Genre in 2008

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Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 2008. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2008. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2007 will most likely earn money in 2007 and 2008.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 2008

RankGenreMovies2008 GrossTicketsShare
1 Adventure 56 $2,689,254,029 374,547,907 27.58%
2 Comedy 125 $2,099,450,726 292,402,573 21.53%
3 Action 37 $1,961,967,999 273,254,586 20.12%
4 Drama 255 $1,089,198,448 151,698,839 11.17%
5 Thriller/Suspense 49 $780,172,122 108,659,050 8.00%
6 Romantic Comedy 25 $330,849,160 46,079,258 3.39%
7 Horror 25 $293,647,307 40,897,945 3.01%
8 Musical 11 $260,176,422 36,236,267 2.67%
9 Documentary 126 $87,432,868 12,177,214 0.90%
10 Concert/Performance 11 $75,628,951 10,533,274 0.78%
11 Black Comedy 6 $61,625,210 8,582,895 0.63%
12 Western 4 $20,317,697 2,829,762 0.21%
13 Multiple Genres 1 $508,695 70,848 0.01%

Our Theatrical Market pages are based on the Domestic Theatrical Market performance only. The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

The yearly amounts on our Theatrical Market pages are based on box office years. Each box office year starts on the first Monday of the year, so the previous year ends on the Sunday before the first Monday. For example, the "2017 box office year" started on January 2, 2017 so the "2016 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

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