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Market Share for Each Genre in 2015

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Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 2015. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2015. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2014 will most likely earn money in 2014 and 2015.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 2015

RankGenreMovies2015 GrossTicketsShare
1 Adventure 51 $3,051,739,355 362,009,388 27.03%
2 Action 55 $2,953,177,273 350,317,560 26.16%
3 Drama 286 $2,060,252,692 244,395,193 18.25%
4 Comedy 121 $1,321,791,183 156,796,045 11.71%
5 Thriller/Suspense 72 $1,088,467,667 129,118,311 9.64%
6 Horror 24 $374,243,647 44,394,252 3.32%
7 Musical 8 $193,291,602 22,929,012 1.71%
8 Black Comedy 12 $74,369,366 8,821,983 0.66%
9 Romantic Comedy 22 $72,817,641 8,637,905 0.65%
10 Documentary 143 $65,052,467 7,716,715 0.58%
11 Western 6 $29,521,197 3,501,919 0.26%
12 Multiple Genres 2 $2,446,637 290,229 0.02%
13 Concert/Performance 1 $1,150,000 136,417 0.01%
14 Reality 3 $604,870 71,751 0.01%

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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