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Market Share for Each Genre in 2012

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Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 2012. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2012. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2011 will most likely earn money in 2011 and 2012.

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 2012

RankGenreMovies2012 GrossTicketsShare
1 Adventure 38 $2,655,634,247 333,622,374 24.05%
2 Action 46 $2,219,810,176 278,870,599 20.10%
3 Comedy 104 $1,693,533,304 212,755,386 15.34%
4 Drama 226 $1,670,554,390 209,868,526 15.13%
5 Thriller/Suspense 63 $1,534,268,158 192,747,226 13.90%
6 Romantic Comedy 29 $340,104,924 42,726,736 3.08%
7 Horror 33 $308,863,451 38,801,926 2.80%
8 Musical 6 $254,706,613 31,998,314 2.31%
9 Documentary 149 $132,287,117 16,618,915 1.20%
10 Western 2 $106,297,399 13,353,944 0.96%
11 Black Comedy 14 $92,522,208 11,623,385 0.84%
12 Concert/Performance 4 $28,347,099 3,561,192 0.26%
13 Multiple Genres 2 $1,900,200 238,718 0.02%