Market Share for Each Genre in 2009

Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 2009. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2009. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2008 will most likely earn money in 2008 and 2009.

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 2009

Summary for all Years
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RankGenreMovies2009 GrossTicketsShare
1 Comedy 103 $2,205,311,193 294,041,489 20.71%
2 Adventure 35 $2,057,654,749 274,353,966 19.32%
3 Action 31 $2,041,423,203 272,189,759 19.17%
4 Drama 173 $1,829,432,177 243,924,291 17.18%
5 Thriller/Suspense 51 $965,341,597 128,712,216 9.07%
6 Romantic Comedy 25 $635,978,484 84,797,132 5.97%
7 Horror 24 $584,639,025 77,951,871 5.49%
8 Documentary 88 $194,386,356 25,918,182 1.83%
9 Black Comedy 8 $54,662,893 7,288,385 0.51%
10 Musical 8 $37,972,979 5,063,064 0.36%
11 Concert/Performance 2 $19,707,597 2,627,680 0.19%
12 Multiple Genres 1 $644,635 85,951 0.01%
13 Western 2 $169,906 22,654 0.00%