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Market Share for Each Genre in 2009

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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

RankGenreMovies2009 GrossTicketsShare
1 Comedy 102 $2,197,122,802 292,949,680 20.65%
2 Adventure 35 $2,056,897,824 274,253,037 19.33%
3 Action 31 $2,041,030,428 272,137,386 19.18%
4 Drama 187 $1,834,092,683 244,545,617 17.24%
5 Thriller/Suspense 53 $964,227,386 128,563,633 9.06%
6 Romantic Comedy 26 $642,370,662 85,649,416 6.04%
7 Horror 24 $584,639,025 77,951,862 5.49%
8 Documentary 89 $186,389,095 24,851,842 1.75%
9 Black Comedy 9 $54,671,157 7,289,484 0.51%
10 Musical 11 $39,737,005 5,298,264 0.37%
11 Concert/Performance 2 $19,707,597 2,627,679 0.19%
12 Multiple Genres 1 $644,635 85,951 0.01%
13 Western 2 $169,906 22,654 0.00%