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Domestic Movie Theatrical Market Summary 1995 to 2017

Welcome to our reference library analyzing trends in the domestic movie industry since . In this area of the site, you'll find over 2,000 pages of information detailing the changes that have shaped the industry.

Our market analysis is built on The Numbers' unique categorization system, which uses six different criteria to identify a movie. Every movie released since 1995 is categorized according to the following attributes: Creative Type (factual, contemporary fiction, fantasy etc.), Source (book, play, original screenplay...), Genre (drama, horror, documentary etc.), MPAA Rating, Production Method (live action, digital animation etc.) and Distributor. Our market charts provide year-by-year analysis across these categories, allowing analysis of market trends. See, for example, how horror movie revenues have varied, the emergence of digital animation and live action/CGI animated movies, and the decline (and possible rebound) of R-rated movies. To explore, click on an individual year, distributor, genre, creative type, production method or MPAA rating to see annual trends in a particular category.

Note: in order to provide a fair comparison between movies released in different years, all rankings are based on ticket sales, which are calculated using average ticket prices announced by the MPAA in their annual state of the industry report.

Annual Ticket Sales

Note: Figures for 2017 are at an annualized rate. The Box Office Totals are not adjusted for inflation.

YearTickets SoldTotal Box OfficeTotal Inflation
Adjusted Box Office
Average
Ticket Price
2017 1,112,624,398 $9,902,360,307 $9,902,360,307 $8.90
2016 1,296,674,369 $11,216,236,720 $11,540,401,926 $8.65
2015 1,339,142,124 $11,288,971,499 $11,918,364,960 $8.43
2014 1,267,437,914 $10,354,970,864 $11,280,197,468 $8.17
2013 1,339,874,282 $10,893,180,888 $11,924,881,153 $8.13
2012 1,387,180,607 $11,041,960,575 $12,345,907,433 $7.96
2011 1,284,658,878 $10,187,347,362 $11,433,464,041 $7.93
2010 1,342,154,237 $10,589,599,184 $11,945,172,743 $7.89
2009 1,418,604,447 $10,639,535,233 $12,625,557,582 $7.50
2008 1,358,037,260 $9,750,709,587 $12,086,531,649 $7.18
2007 1,419,660,703 $9,767,268,194 $12,634,980,293 $6.88
2006 1,403,129,850 $9,190,502,983 $12,487,855,697 $6.55
2005 1,376,125,401 $8,820,965,953 $12,245,010,784 $6.41
2004 1,494,939,272 $9,283,574,830 $13,304,959,551 $6.21
2003 1,524,982,768 $9,195,647,984 $13,572,346,661 $6.03
2002 1,576,889,752 $9,161,731,254 $14,034,318,826 $5.81
2001 1,465,961,374 $8,297,343,031 $13,047,056,257 $5.66
2000 1,397,576,766 $7,532,940,433 $12,438,433,248 $5.39
1999 1,445,166,323 $7,341,446,224 $12,861,980,300 $5.08
1998 1,442,986,620 $6,767,608,245 $12,842,580,927 $4.69
1997 1,385,216,757 $6,358,145,799 $12,328,429,155 $4.59
1996 1,310,013,419 $5,790,260,095 $11,659,083,577 $4.42
1995 1,221,825,463 $5,314,941,459 $10,874,246,639 $4.35

Number of Wide Releases Each Year

Find below information about the number of movies released wide each year.

Note: Figures for 2017 are at an annualized rate.

YearWarner BrosWalt Disney20th Century FoxParamount PicturesSony PicturesUniversalTotal Major 6Total Other Studios
2017 18 7 12 9 14 15 74 48
2016 17 12 15 12 15 22 93 43
2015 22 11 17 9 12 21 92 28
2014 17 12 17 10 17 15 88 31
2013 17 8 15 8 14 16 78 44
2012 16 11 15 13 18 17 90 41
2011 20 13 15 13 21 19 101 34
2010 20 11 18 12 16 16 93 29
2009 25 13 20 10 21 21 110 31
2008 19 11 22 14 19 19 104 44
2007 30 12 17 16 22 21 118 50
2006 26 17 25 13 26 21 128 29
2005 21 20 19 12 19 17 108 28
2004 26 25 17 14 15 15 112 21
2003 28 18 12 14 19 14 105 22
2002 32 23 15 16 20 13 119 17
2001 30 16 15 14 16 11 102 24
2000 28 23 13 12 14 12 102 23
1999 27 20 15 13 22 16 113 20
1998 28 22 11 11 20 16 108 21
1997 31 22 12 17 22 11 115 22
1996 31 24 13 16 24 13 121 23
1995 27 23 11 12 20 17 110 28

Top Movie of Each Year

This table lists the top-grossing movie for each year, based on tickets sold for each movie during the course of the year. Click on the year to see a detailed breakdown for the market as a whole in that year.

YearMovie
Categorization

Creative Type
Production Method
Source
Genre
MPAA
Rating
DistributorTotal for YearTotal in 2017 dollarsTickets Sold
1995 Batman Forever Super Hero
Live Action
Original Screenplay
Action
PG-13 Warner Bros. $184,031,112 $376,523,418 42,306,002
1996 Independence Day Science Fiction
Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG-13 20th Century Fox $306,169,255 $616,494,652 69,269,062
1997 Men in Black Science Fiction
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Sony Pictures $250,650,052 $486,009,901 54,607,854
1998 Titanic Historical Fiction
Live Action
Original Screenplay
Thriller/Suspense
PG-13 Paramount Pictures $443,319,081 $841,266,484 94,524,324
1999 Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace Science Fiction
Animation/Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG 20th Century Fox $430,443,350 $754,123,184 84,732,942
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Kids Fiction
Live Action
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Adventure
PG Universal $253,367,455 $418,361,837 47,006,948
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Fantasy
Animation/Live Action
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Adventure
PG Warner Bros. $300,404,434 $472,367,393 53,074,988
2002 Spider-Man Super Hero
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Sony Pictures $403,706,375 $618,414,239 69,484,746
2003 Finding Nemo Kids Fiction
Digital Animation
Original Screenplay
Adventure
G Walt Disney $339,714,367 $501,402,629 56,337,374
2004 Shrek 2 Kids Fiction
Digital Animation
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Adventure
PG Dreamworks SKG $441,226,247 $632,353,233 71,050,925
2005 Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith Science Fiction
Animation/Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG-13 20th Century Fox $380,270,577 $527,988,780 59,324,582
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Historical Fiction
Live Action
Based on Theme Park Ride
Adventure
PG-13 Walt Disney $423,315,812 $575,192,475 64,628,368
2007 Spider-Man 3 Super Hero
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Sony Pictures $336,530,303 $435,337,163 48,914,288
2008 The Dark Knight Super Hero
Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Action
PG-13 Warner Bros. $531,001,578 $658,205,303 73,955,652
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Science Fiction
Animation/Live Action
Based on TV
Action
PG-13 Paramount Pictures $402,111,870 $477,172,752 53,614,916
2010 Toy Story 3 Kids Fiction
Digital Animation
Original Screenplay
Adventure
G Walt Disney $415,004,880 $468,129,712 52,598,844
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Fantasy
Animation/Live Action
Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Adventure
PG-13 Warner Bros. $381,011,219 $427,616,627 48,046,812
2012 The Avengers Super Hero
Animation/Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Action
PG-13 Walt Disney $623,279,547 $696,882,905 78,301,450
2013 Iron Man 3 Super Hero
Animation/Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Action
PG-13 Walt Disney $408,992,272 $447,728,313 50,306,552
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Super Hero
Animation/Live Action
Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Adventure
PG-13 Walt Disney $333,055,258 $362,814,169 40,765,637
2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens Science Fiction
Animation/Live Action
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG-13 Walt Disney $742,208,942 $783,589,509 88,043,765
2016 Finding Dory Kids Fiction
Digital Animation
Original Screenplay
Adventure
PG Walt Disney $486,295,561 $500,350,346 56,219,140
2017 Beauty and the Beast Fantasy
Animation/Live Action
Remake
Musical
PG Walt Disney $504,014,165 $504,014,165 56,630,805

Top-Grossing Distributors 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Walt Disney 538 $32,094,925,910 $59,655,996 15.38%
2 Warner Bros. 696 $32,053,812,845 $46,054,329 15.36%
3 Sony Pictures 663 $25,496,173,733 $38,455,767 12.22%
4 20th Century Fox 481 $24,254,746,635 $50,425,669 11.62%
5 Universal 448 $23,970,656,849 $53,505,930 11.49%
6 Paramount Pictures 452 $22,719,193,863 $50,263,703 10.89%
7 Lionsgate 373 $8,314,283,090 $22,290,303 3.98%
8 New Line 205 $6,193,114,702 $30,210,316 2.97%
9 Dreamworks SKG 77 $4,278,649,271 $55,566,874 2.05%
10 Miramax 384 $3,841,091,660 $10,002,843 1.84%
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Top-Grossing Genres 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Adventure 960 $58,065,509,420 $60,484,906 27.82%
2 Action 862 $39,563,134,927 $45,896,908 18.96%
3 Drama 4,615 $34,067,821,735 $7,381,977 16.32%
4 Comedy 2,121 $32,196,532,263 $15,179,883 15.43%
5 Thriller/Suspense 945 $17,630,431,512 $18,656,541 8.45%
6 Horror 509 $9,937,035,026 $19,522,662 4.76%
7 Romantic Comedy 549 $9,481,749,884 $17,270,947 4.54%
8 Musical 149 $2,721,870,171 $18,267,585 1.30%
9 Documentary 1,962 $2,036,990,153 $1,038,221 0.98%
10 Black Comedy 162 $1,320,919,402 $8,153,823 0.63%
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Top-Grossing MPAA Ratings 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 PG-13 2,853 $98,963,134,586 $34,687,394 47.42%
2 R 4,812 $56,512,619,464 $11,744,102 27.08%
3 PG 1,313 $42,161,445,884 $32,110,774 20.20%
4 G 344 $9,219,823,852 $26,801,814 4.42%
5 Not Rated 4,857 $1,720,853,197 $354,304 0.82%
6 NC-17 24 $44,850,139 $1,868,756 0.02%
7 Open 5 $5,489,687 $1,097,937 0.00%
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Top-Grossing Sources 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Original Screenplay 6,588 $95,115,533,089 $14,437,695 45.58%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 1,857 $43,996,098,286 $23,692,029 21.08%
3 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 194 $17,397,240,819 $89,676,499 8.34%
4 Remake 299 $11,409,588,408 $38,159,159 5.47%
5 Based on TV 208 $10,488,577,102 $50,425,851 5.03%
6 Based on Real Life Events 2,614 $9,801,885,463 $3,749,765 4.70%
7 Based on Factual Book/Article 184 $5,793,595,703 $31,486,933 2.78%
8 Based on Folk Tale/Legend/Fairytale 63 $2,753,863,582 $43,712,120 1.32%
9 Spin-Off 30 $2,669,020,562 $88,967,352 1.28%
10 Based on Play 241 $2,071,362,312 $8,594,864 0.99%
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Top-Grossing Production Methods 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Live Action 12,176 $164,540,785,269 $13,513,534 78.85%
2 Animation/Live Action 175 $20,281,668,575 $115,895,249 9.72%
3 Digital Animation 258 $20,058,871,915 $77,747,566 9.61%
4 Hand Animation 143 $2,909,078,180 $20,343,204 1.39%
5 Stop-Motion Animation 33 $616,959,918 $18,695,755 0.30%
6 Multiple Production Methods 20 $28,977,282 $1,448,864 0.01%
7 Rotoscoping 3 $8,393,627 $2,797,876 0.00%
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Top-Grossing Creative Types 1995 to 2017

  MoviesTotal GrossAverage GrossMarket Share
1 Contemporary Fiction 6,043 $86,216,262,881 $14,267,129 41.31%
2 Kids Fiction 464 $26,948,035,377 $58,077,662 12.91%
3 Science Fiction 569 $25,017,500,776 $43,967,488 11.99%
4 Fantasy 742 $23,594,020,532 $31,797,871 11.31%
5 Historical Fiction 1,233 $16,325,331,492 $13,240,334 7.82%
6 Super Hero 95 $14,730,609,444 $155,059,047 7.06%
7 Dramatization 878 $12,646,482,842 $14,403,739 6.06%
8 Factual 2,017 $2,727,240,881 $1,352,127 1.31%
9 Multiple Creative Types 28 $119,401,218 $4,264,329 0.06%
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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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