Market Share for Each Genre in 2008

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

Summary for all Years
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RankGenreMovies2008 GrossTicketsShare
1 Comedy 140 $2,851,235,584 397,108,028 28.67%
2 Adventure 43 $2,101,548,472 292,694,773 21.13%
3 Action 37 $1,965,640,846 273,766,135 19.76%
4 Drama 253 $1,110,515,422 154,667,881 11.17%
5 Thriller/Suspense 51 $779,942,619 108,627,100 7.84%
6 Romantic Comedy 24 $336,092,693 46,809,568 3.38%
7 Horror 25 $294,256,854 40,982,851 2.96%
8 Musical 12 $260,111,635 36,227,247 2.62%
9 Documentary 125 $87,974,176 12,252,671 0.88%
10 Concert/Performance 12 $75,629,605 10,533,373 0.76%
11 Black Comedy 5 $61,581,866 8,576,862 0.62%
12 Western 4 $20,317,697 2,829,762 0.20%
13 Multiple Genres 1 $508,695 70,849 0.01%