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Market Share for Each Genre in 1997

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Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 1997. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 1997. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 1996 will most likely earn money in 1996 and 1997.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 1997

RankGenreMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Action 35 $1,456,607,580 317,343,684 22.91%
2 Comedy 71 $1,296,899,504 282,548,877 20.40%
3 Drama 117 $1,198,241,550 261,054,747 18.85%
4 Adventure 23 $881,807,716 192,114,959 13.87%
5 Thriller/Suspense 23 $646,036,777 140,748,740 10.16%
6 Horror 11 $407,801,247 88,845,581 6.41%
7 Romantic Comedy 21 $297,128,612 64,733,894 4.67%
8 Musical 5 $114,425,007 24,929,194 1.80%
9 Black Comedy 5 $37,327,594 8,132,372 0.59%
10 Documentary 9 $10,372,500 2,259,800 0.16%

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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