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Domestic Theatrical Market Summary for 1997

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Note: The Box Office figures are adjusted for inflation.

Total Box Office Gross: $6,358,145,799
Tickets Sold: 1,385,216,757
Average Ticket Price: $4.59

Top Grossing Movies of 1997

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorGenreMPAA1997 GrossTickets Sold
1 Men in Black Jul 1 Sony Pictures Adventure PG-13 $250,650,052 54,607,854
2 The Lost World: Jurassic Park May 22 Universal Action PG-13 $229,086,679 49,909,951
3 Liar Liar Mar 21 Universal Comedy PG-13 $181,410,615 39,523,009
4 Air Force One Jul 25 Sony Pictures Action R $172,480,186 37,577,382
5 Titanic Dec 19 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense PG-13 $157,467,971 34,306,747
6 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope Jul 21 20th Century Fox Adventure PG $138,133,173 30,094,373
7 The Godfather Mar 15 Paramount Pictures Drama R $129,141,981 28,135,507
8 My Best Friend's Wedding Jun 20 Sony Pictures Comedy PG $126,776,290 27,620,106
9 Face/Off Jun 27 Paramount Pictures Action R $112,276,146 24,461,033
10 Batman & Robin Jun 20 Warner Bros. Action PG-13 $107,325,195 23,382,395
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Biggest Weekends of 1997

RankDateMovieWeekend
Revenue
TheatersDistributorGenre
1 May 23, 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $72,132,785 3,281 Universal Action
2 Jul 4, 1997 Men in Black $51,068,455 3,020 Sony Pictures Adventure
3 Jun 20, 1997 Batman & Robin $42,872,605 2,934 Warner Bros. Action
4 Jul 25, 1997 Air Force One $37,132,505 2,919 Sony Pictures Action
5 Jan 31, 1997 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope $35,906,661 2,104 20th Century Fox Adventure
6 Dec 26, 1997 Titanic $35,455,673 2,711 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense
7 May 30, 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $34,116,390 3,282 Universal Action
8 Dec 12, 1997 Scream 2 $32,926,342 2,663 Miramax Horror
9 Mar 21, 1997 Liar Liar $31,423,025 2,845 Universal Comedy
10 Jul 11, 1997 Men in Black $30,062,317 3,020 Sony Pictures Adventure

Weekend Breakdown Domestic Box Office for 1997

Weekend No. 1 Movie Weeks in
Release
No. 1
Box
Office
Combined
Weekend
Box Office
No. 1 /
Combined
Jan 3, 1997 Michael 2 $12,144,926 $93,330,991 13%
Jan 10, 1997 The Relic New $9,064,143 $84,328,038 11%
Jan 17, 1997 Beverly Hills Ninja New $12,220,920 $101,433,699 12%
Jan 24, 1997 Jerry Maguire 7 $5,518,727 $65,516,149 8%
Jan 31, 1997 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope 1028 $35,906,661 $93,598,280 38%
Feb 7, 1997 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope 1029 $24,277,091 $83,997,577 29%
Feb 14, 1997 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope 1030 $21,370,589 $121,317,443 18%
Feb 21, 1997 Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back 875 $21,975,993 $91,036,356 24%
Feb 28, 1997 Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back 876 $13,145,852 $83,501,716 16%
Mar 7, 1997 Private Parts New $14,616,333 $83,920,599 17%
Mar 14, 1997 Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi 721 $16,293,531 $80,853,276 20%
Mar 21, 1997 Liar Liar New $31,423,025 $91,341,007 34%
Mar 28, 1997 Liar Liar 2 $25,377,435 $86,998,579 29%
Apr 4, 1997 Liar Liar 3 $18,275,295 $84,889,258 22%
Apr 11, 1997 Anaconda New $16,620,887 $80,720,719 21%
Apr 18, 1997 Anaconda 2 $12,013,566 $66,950,089 18%
Apr 25, 1997 Volcano New $14,581,740 $64,911,332 22%
May 2, 1997 Breakdown New $12,307,128 $67,918,913 18%
May 9, 1997 The Fifth Element New $17,031,345 $65,141,175 26%
May 16, 1997 The Fifth Element 2 $11,410,863 $56,094,700 20%
May 23, 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park New $72,132,785 $130,116,605 55%
May 30, 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2 $34,116,390 $76,016,083 45%
Jun 6, 1997 Con Air New $24,131,738 $71,039,331 34%
Jun 13, 1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control New $16,158,942 $65,131,613 25%
Jun 20, 1997 Batman & Robin New $42,872,605 $103,803,133 41%
Jun 27, 1997 Face/Off New $23,387,530 $98,218,306 24%
Jul 4, 1997 Men in Black New $51,068,455 $120,111,995 43%
Jul 11, 1997 Men in Black 2 $30,062,317 $102,598,466 29%
Jul 18, 1997 Men in Black 3 $19,029,928 $104,035,169 18%
Jul 25, 1997 Air Force One New $37,132,505 $111,514,170 33%
Aug 1, 1997 Air Force One 2 $25,731,622 $107,582,339 24%
Aug 8, 1997 Conspiracy Theory New $19,313,566 $94,085,510 21%
Aug 15, 1997 Cop Land New $13,510,482 $86,661,730 16%
Aug 22, 1997 G.I. Jane New $11,094,241 $84,508,233 13%
Aug 29, 1997 G.I. Jane 2 $10,282,285 $96,615,521 11%
Sep 5, 1997 Fire Down Below New $6,073,094 $52,592,228 12%
Sep 12, 1997 The Game New $14,337,029 $53,901,366 27%
Sep 19, 1997 In & Out New $15,019,821 $62,845,353 24%
Sep 26, 1997 The Peacemaker New $12,311,939 $71,701,569 17%
Oct 3, 1997 Kiss the Girls New $13,215,167 $67,427,894 20%
Oct 10, 1997 Kiss the Girls 2 $11,122,441 $67,840,452 16%
Oct 17, 1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer New $15,818,645 $73,968,830 21%
Oct 24, 1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer 2 $12,507,880 $66,538,083 19%
Oct 31, 1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer 3 $9,406,297 $60,226,067 16%
Nov 7, 1997 Starship Troopers New $22,058,773 $83,786,119 26%
Nov 14, 1997 The Jackal New $15,164,595 $81,958,055 19%
Nov 21, 1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation New $16,771,694 $92,053,878 18%
Nov 28, 1997 Flubber New $26,725,207 $111,428,320 24%
Dec 5, 1997 Flubber 2 $11,292,933 $51,584,571 22%
Dec 12, 1997 Scream 2 New $32,926,342 $77,813,137 42%
Dec 19, 1997 Titanic New $28,638,131 $99,321,819 29%
Dec 26, 1997 Titanic 2 $35,455,673 $145,446,125 24%

The highest values in the column(s) No. 1 Box Office, Combined Weekend Box Office, No. 1 / Combined are shown in bold.

The lowest values in the column(s) No. 1 Box Office, Combined Weekend Box Office, No. 1 / Combined are shown underlined.

Market Share for Each Distributor in 1997

RankDistributorMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Sony Pictures 36 $1,269,256,493 276,526,450 19.96%
2 Paramount Pictures 27 $889,415,108 193,772,340 13.99%
3 Walt Disney 33 $885,889,269 193,004,183 13.93%
4 Warner Bros. 30 $670,912,791 146,168,351 10.55%
5 20th Century Fox 21 $644,398,839 140,391,895 10.14%
6 Universal 13 $614,947,075 133,975,392 9.67%
7 Miramax 33 $423,765,378 92,323,596 6.66%
8 New Line 19 $334,211,383 72,812,928 5.26%
9 MGM 12 $170,632,351 37,174,799 2.68%
10 Dreamworks SKG 3 $108,096,369 23,550,405 1.70%
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Market Share for Each Genre in 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 83 $11,492,712 2,503,820 0.18%
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Market Share for Each MPAA Rating in 1997

RankMPAA RatingMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 R 187 $2,693,866,366 586,898,898 42.37%
2 PG-13 75 $2,195,369,385 478,293,951 34.53%
3 PG 55 $1,238,062,974 269,730,470 19.47%
4 G 10 $209,950,183 45,740,776 3.30%
5 Not Rated 13 $11,142,033 2,427,452 0.18%
6 NC-17 2 $786,143 171,272 0.01%
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Market Share for Each Type of Source Material in 1997

RankSource MaterialMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Original Screenplay 189 $3,543,360,688 771,973,915 55.73%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 60 $1,439,860,666 313,695,102 22.65%
3 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 3 $307,316,473 66,953,478 4.83%
4 Based on TV 10 $286,957,739 62,518,022 4.51%
5 Based on Real Life Events 26 $279,197,720 60,827,379 4.39%
6 Remake 4 $224,893,862 48,996,483 3.54%
7 Based on Factual Book/Article 2 $94,411,005 20,568,845 1.48%
8 Based on Play 15 $58,468,460 12,738,220 0.92%
9 Based on Musical or Opera 1 $47,769,067 10,407,204 0.75%
10 Based on Game 1 $35,059,903 7,638,323 0.55%
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Market Share for Each Production Method in 1997

RankProduction MethodMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Live Action 308 $5,863,161,388 1,277,377,062 92.21%
2 Animation/Live Action 3 $288,428,472 62,838,445 4.54%
3 Hand Animation 6 $194,926,749 42,467,698 3.07%
4 Stop-Motion Animation 1 $42,303 9,216 0.00%
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Market Share for Each Creative Type in 1997

RankCreative TypeMovies1997 GrossTicketsShare
1 Contemporary Fiction 194 $3,668,536,369 799,245,303 57.70%
2 Science Fiction 17 $1,133,629,147 246,978,019 17.83%
3 Historical Fiction 34 $618,932,642 134,843,695 9.73%
4 Dramatization 22 $385,614,808 84,011,932 6.06%
5 Kids Fiction 15 $336,914,667 73,401,881 5.30%
6 Super Hero 2 $109,011,624 23,749,808 1.71%
7 Fantasy 9 $78,676,678 17,140,885 1.24%
8 Factual 9 $10,372,500 2,259,800 0.16%
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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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