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Market Share for Each Genre in 1996

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Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 1996. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 1996. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 1995 will most likely earn money in 1995 and 1996.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 1996

RankGenreMovies1996 GrossTicketsShare
1 Drama 120 $1,372,542,702 310,529,965 23.70%
2 Adventure 35 $1,290,897,521 292,058,245 22.29%
3 Action 36 $1,243,494,461 281,333,573 21.48%
4 Comedy 71 $1,081,970,531 244,789,679 18.69%
5 Romantic Comedy 19 $386,555,031 87,455,879 6.68%
6 Thriller/Suspense 20 $284,406,861 64,345,434 4.91%
7 Horror 9 $112,915,551 25,546,499 1.95%
8 Documentary 6 $6,549,634 1,481,814 0.11%
9 Black Comedy 3 $2,567,371 580,852 0.04%
10 Musical 2 $2,562,599 579,772 0.04%
11 Western 1 $1,025,488 232,010 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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