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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.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 2012

RankGenreMovies2012 GrossTicketsShare
1 Adventure 47 $3,298,451,461 414,378,301 29.87%
2 Action 47 $2,219,810,902 278,870,690 20.10%
3 Drama 226 $1,670,554,390 209,868,526 15.13%
4 Thriller/Suspense 63 $1,534,268,158 192,747,226 13.90%
5 Comedy 94 $1,050,654,625 131,991,738 9.52%
6 Romantic Comedy 30 $340,166,389 42,734,457 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%

Our Theatrical Market pages are based on the Domestic Theatrical Market performance only. The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

The yearly amounts on our Theatrical Market pages are based on box office years. Each box office year starts on the first Monday of the year, so the previous year ends on the Sunday before the first Monday. For example, the "2017 box office year" started on January 2, 2017 so the "2016 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

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