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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.

Each box office year ends on the first Sunday of the following year. The next year starts the following day (Monday). For example, the "2004 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 2, 2005.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 2008

RankGenreMovies2008 GrossTicketsShare
1 Comedy 139 $2,753,343,500 383,473,990 28.15%
2 Adventure 43 $2,066,832,047 287,859,608 21.13%
3 Action 37 $1,961,967,999 273,254,586 20.06%
4 Drama 257 $1,089,423,131 151,730,131 11.14%
5 Thriller/Suspense 49 $780,172,122 108,659,050 7.98%
6 Romantic Comedy 25 $330,849,160 46,079,258 3.38%
7 Horror 25 $293,647,307 40,897,945 3.00%
8 Musical 11 $260,082,225 36,223,148 2.66%
9 Documentary 125 $87,430,743 12,176,919 0.89%
10 Concert/Performance 11 $75,628,951 10,533,274 0.77%
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%