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Domestic Theatrical Market Summary for 1998

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Note: The Box Office figures are adjusted for inflation.

Total Box Office Gross: $6,767,608,245
Tickets Sold: 1,442,986,620
Average Ticket Price: $4.69

Top Grossing Movies of 1998

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorGenreMPAA1998 GrossTickets Sold
1 Titanic Dec 19 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense PG-13 $443,319,081 94,524,324
2 Armageddon Jul 1 Walt Disney Adventure PG-13 $201,578,182 42,980,422
3 Saving Private Ryan Jul 24 Dreamworks SKG Drama R $190,588,778 40,637,266
4 There's Something About Mary Jul 15 20th Century Fox Romantic Comedy R $174,711,965 37,252,018
5 The Waterboy Nov 6 Walt Disney Comedy PG-13 $150,042,308 31,991,963
6 Doctor Dolittle Jun 26 20th Century Fox Adventure PG-13 $144,155,259 30,736,728
7 Deep Impact May 8 Paramount Pictures Adventure PG-13 $140,464,664 29,949,821
8 Rush Hour Sep 18 New Line Action PG-13 $137,567,454 29,332,079
9 A Bug's Life Nov 20 Walt Disney Adventure G $136,426,334 29,088,770
10 Godzilla May 19 Sony Pictures Action PG-13 $136,314,294 29,064,881
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Biggest Weekends of 1998

RankDateMovieWeekend
Revenue
TheatersDistributorGenre
1 May 22, 1998 Godzilla $44,047,541 3,310 Sony Pictures Action
2 May 8, 1998 Deep Impact $41,152,375 3,156 Paramount Pictures Adventure
3 Nov 6, 1998 The Waterboy $39,414,071 2,664 Walt Disney Comedy
4 Jul 3, 1998 Armageddon $36,089,972 3,127 Walt Disney Adventure
5 Jul 10, 1998 Lethal Weapon 4 $34,048,124 3,117 Warner Bros. Action
6 Jan 2, 1998 Titanic $33,315,278 2,727 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense
7 Nov 27, 1998 A Bug's Life $33,258,052 2,686 Walt Disney Adventure
8 Sep 18, 1998 Rush Hour $33,001,803 2,638 New Line Action
9 Feb 13, 1998 Titanic $32,876,424 3,002 Paramount Pictures Thriller/Suspense
10 Jun 5, 1998 The Truman Show $31,542,121 2,315 Paramount Pictures Drama

Weekend Breakdown Domestic Box Office for 1998

Weekend No. 1 Movie Weeks in
Release
No. 1
Box
Office
Combined
Weekend
Box Office
No. 1 /
Combined
Jan 2, 1998 Titanic 3 $33,315,278 $124,731,655 27%
Jan 9, 1998 Titanic 4 $28,716,310 $99,845,425 29%
Jan 16, 1998 Titanic 5 $30,010,633 $115,195,795 26%
Jan 23, 1998 Titanic 6 $25,238,720 $89,783,482 28%
Jan 30, 1998 Titanic 7 $25,907,172 $96,576,546 27%
Feb 6, 1998 Titanic 8 $23,027,838 $82,255,347 28%
Feb 13, 1998 Titanic 9 $32,876,424 $130,933,726 25%
Feb 20, 1998 Titanic 10 $21,036,343 $84,433,165 25%
Feb 27, 1998 Titanic 11 $19,633,056 $77,451,820 25%
Mar 6, 1998 Titanic 12 $17,605,849 $86,419,995 20%
Mar 13, 1998 Titanic 13 $17,578,815 $84,495,396 21%
Mar 20, 1998 Titanic 14 $17,165,239 $88,504,788 19%
Mar 27, 1998 Titanic 15 $15,213,500 $81,705,734 19%
Apr 3, 1998 Lost In Space New $20,154,919 $84,271,449 24%
Apr 10, 1998 City of Angels New $15,369,048 $85,526,992 18%
Apr 17, 1998 City of Angels 2 $12,332,194 $77,780,390 16%
Apr 24, 1998 The Big Hit New $10,809,424 $63,263,924 17%
May 1, 1998 He Got Game New $7,610,663 $60,836,086 13%
May 8, 1998 Deep Impact New $41,152,375 $80,512,368 51%
May 15, 1998 Deep Impact 2 $23,266,622 $68,684,641 34%
May 22, 1998 Godzilla New $44,047,541 $122,795,003 36%
May 29, 1998 Godzilla 2 $18,020,444 $76,895,947 23%
Jun 5, 1998 The Truman Show New $31,542,121 $94,030,216 34%
Jun 12, 1998 The Truman Show 2 $20,010,580 $89,945,589 22%
Jun 19, 1998 The X Files: Fight the Future New $30,138,758 $108,622,360 28%
Jun 26, 1998 Doctor Dolittle New $29,014,324 $110,692,296 26%
Jul 3, 1998 Armageddon New $36,089,972 $107,767,677 33%
Jul 10, 1998 Lethal Weapon 4 New $34,048,124 $123,627,844 28%
Jul 17, 1998 The Mask of Zorro New $22,525,855 $119,061,367 19%
Jul 24, 1998 Saving Private Ryan New $30,576,104 $124,359,633 25%
Jul 31, 1998 Saving Private Ryan 2 $23,601,801 $115,482,115 20%
Aug 7, 1998 Saving Private Ryan 3 $17,398,000 $114,361,952 15%
Aug 14, 1998 Saving Private Ryan 4 $13,157,819 $102,826,647 13%
Aug 21, 1998 Blade New $17,073,856 $94,624,680 18%
Aug 28, 1998 Blade 2 $10,925,976 $80,092,648 14%
Sep 4, 1998 There's Something About Mary 8 $10,920,201 $86,458,935 13%
Sep 11, 1998 Rounders New $8,459,126 $54,206,500 16%
Sep 18, 1998 Rush Hour New $33,001,803 $77,340,723 43%
Sep 25, 1998 Rush Hour 2 $21,202,929 $75,179,491 28%
Oct 2, 1998 Antz New $17,195,160 $90,201,438 19%
Oct 9, 1998 Antz 2 $14,713,918 $73,450,448 20%
Oct 16, 1998 Practical Magic New $13,104,694 $81,965,390 16%
Oct 23, 1998 Pleasantville New $8,855,063 $72,558,109 12%
Oct 30, 1998 Vampires New $9,106,497 $54,608,169 17%
Nov 6, 1998 The Waterboy New $39,414,071 $104,659,385 38%
Nov 13, 1998 The Waterboy 2 $24,431,129 $97,423,978 25%
Nov 20, 1998 The Rugrats Movie New $27,321,470 $105,156,265 26%
Nov 27, 1998 A Bug's Life 2 $33,258,052 $132,716,624 25%
Dec 4, 1998 A Bug's Life 3 $17,174,218 $72,723,227 24%
Dec 11, 1998 Star Trek: Insurrection New $22,052,836 $74,651,369 30%
Dec 18, 1998 You've Got Mail New $18,426,749 $79,288,967 23%
Dec 25, 1998 Patch Adams New $25,262,280 $147,489,758 17%

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 1998

RankDistributorMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Walt Disney 28 $1,109,009,676 236,462,602 16.39%
2 Paramount Pictures 19 $1,046,011,656 223,030,194 15.46%
3 Warner Bros. 31 $758,468,077 161,720,256 11.21%
4 20th Century Fox 19 $729,639,504 155,573,445 10.78%
5 Sony Pictures 37 $684,267,457 145,899,229 10.11%
6 New Line 17 $518,917,489 110,643,379 7.67%
7 Dreamworks SKG 7 $467,963,255 99,778,942 6.91%
8 Universal 19 $400,605,109 85,416,858 5.92%
9 Miramax 40 $394,840,826 84,187,789 5.83%
10 MGM 16 $184,693,042 39,380,173 2.73%
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Market Share for Each Genre in 1998

RankGenreMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Adventure 28 $1,591,082,316 339,249,945 23.51%
2 Drama 129 $1,572,374,341 335,260,992 23.23%
3 Action 31 $996,547,169 212,483,391 14.73%
4 Comedy 74 $791,431,876 168,748,760 11.69%
5 Thriller/Suspense 20 $783,866,232 167,135,647 11.58%
6 Romantic Comedy 14 $500,783,066 106,776,765 7.40%
7 Horror 16 $318,584,830 67,928,527 4.71%
8 Documentary 12 $85,954,501 18,327,179 1.27%
9 Musical 8 $67,210,342 14,330,561 0.99%
10 Black Comedy 6 $46,315,475 9,875,365 0.68%
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Market Share for Each MPAA Rating in 1998

RankMPAA RatingMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 PG-13 81 $3,025,571,868 645,111,231 44.71%
2 R 204 $2,387,292,274 509,017,445 35.28%
3 PG 47 $894,238,933 190,669,258 13.21%
4 G 16 $428,542,828 91,373,731 6.33%
5 Not Rated 21 $20,123,491 4,290,711 0.30%
6 NC-17 2 $615,092 131,148 0.01%
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Market Share for Each Type of Source Material in 1998

RankSource MaterialMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Original Screenplay 179 $3,956,187,133 843,536,610 58.46%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 81 $927,524,842 197,766,453 13.71%
3 Remake 12 $657,399,631 140,170,489 9.71%
4 Based on TV 11 $438,319,571 93,458,326 6.48%
5 Based on Real Life Events 23 $215,438,038 45,935,603 3.18%
6 Based on Folk Tale/Legend/Fairytale 2 $186,297,219 39,722,221 2.75%
7 108 $86,836,482 18,515,195 1.28%
8 Based on Play 9 $81,547,351 17,387,491 1.20%
9 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 2 $70,182,363 14,964,255 1.04%
10 Based on Religious Text 1 $66,546,531 14,189,025 0.98%
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Market Share for Each Production Method in 1998

RankProduction MethodMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Live Action 326 $6,221,712,580 1,326,591,004 91.93%
2 Hand Animation 8 $306,034,033 65,252,454 4.52%
3 Digital Animation 2 $225,752,004 48,134,755 3.34%
4 Animation/Live Action 1 $448,397 95,607 0.01%
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Market Share for Each Creative Type in 1998

RankCreative TypeMovies1998 GrossTicketsShare
1 Contemporary Fiction 185 $3,297,134,789 703,013,719 48.72%
2 Historical Fiction 42 $1,121,625,669 239,152,576 16.57%
3 Science Fiction 20 $808,560,970 172,401,049 11.95%
4 Kids Fiction 14 $527,883,068 112,555,017 7.80%
5 Fantasy 15 $505,915,883 107,871,185 7.48%
6 Dramatization 22 $332,881,787 70,976,916 4.92%
7 Factual 12 $85,954,501 18,327,179 1.27%
8 Super Hero 1 $70,141,876 14,955,623 1.04%
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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).

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