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Domestic Theatrical Market Summary for 2008

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Note: The Box Office figures are adjusted for inflation.

Total Box Office Gross: $9,750,709,587
Tickets Sold: 1,358,037,260
Average Ticket Price: $7.18

Top Grossing Movies of 2008

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorGenreMPAA2008 GrossTickets Sold
1 The Dark Knight Jul 18 Warner Bros. Action PG-13 $531,001,578 73,955,652
2 Iron Man May 2 Paramount Pictures Action PG-13 $318,412,101 44,347,089
3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull May 22 Paramount Pictures Adventure PG-13 $317,101,119 44,164,501
4 Hancock Jul 1 Sony Pictures Action PG-13 $227,946,274 31,747,391
5 WALL-E Jun 27 Walt Disney Adventure G $223,806,889 31,170,876
6 Kung Fu Panda Jun 6 Paramount Pictures Adventure PG $215,434,591 30,004,818
7 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Nov 7 Paramount Pictures Adventure PG $177,016,810 24,654,152
8 Twilight Nov 21 Summit Entertainment Drama PG-13 $176,922,850 24,641,065
9 Quantum of Solace Nov 14 Sony Pictures Action PG-13 $166,820,413 23,234,040
10 Horton Hears a Who Mar 14 20th Century Fox Adventure G $154,529,439 21,522,206
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Biggest Weekends of 2008

RankDateMovieWeekend
Revenue
TheatersDistributorGenre
1 Jul 18, 2008 The Dark Knight $158,411,483 4,366 Warner Bros. Action
2 May 2, 2008 Iron Man $102,118,668 4,105 Paramount Pictures Action
3 May 23, 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $100,137,835 4,260 Paramount Pictures Adventure
4 Jul 25, 2008 The Dark Knight $75,166,466 4,366 Warner Bros. Action
5 Nov 21, 2008 Twilight $69,637,740 3,419 Summit Entertainment Drama
6 Nov 14, 2008 Quantum of Solace $67,528,882 3,451 Sony Pictures Action
7 Nov 7, 2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $63,106,589 4,056 Paramount Pictures Adventure
8 Jun 27, 2008 WALL-E $63,087,526 3,992 Walt Disney Adventure
9 Jul 4, 2008 Hancock $62,603,879 3,965 Sony Pictures Action
10 Jun 6, 2008 Kung Fu Panda $60,239,130 4,114 Paramount Pictures Adventure

Weekend Breakdown Domestic Box Office for 2008

Weekend No. 1 Movie Weeks in
Release
No. 1
Box
Office
Combined
Weekend
Box Office
No. 1 /
Combined
Jan 4, 2008 National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets 3 $20,062,684 $139,806,480 14%
Jan 11, 2008 The Bucket List 3 $19,392,416 $129,959,889 15%
Jan 18, 2008 Cloverfield New $40,058,229 $154,566,313 26%
Jan 25, 2008 Meet the Spartans New $18,505,530 $144,055,004 13%
Feb 1, 2008 Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of B… New $31,117,834 $128,039,794 24%
Feb 8, 2008 Fool's Gold New $21,589,295 $112,092,574 19%
Feb 15, 2008 Jumper New $27,354,808 $139,198,592 20%
Feb 22, 2008 Vantage Point New $22,874,936 $110,576,106 21%
Feb 29, 2008 Semi-Pro New $15,075,114 $97,710,287 15%
Mar 7, 2008 10,000 B.C. New $35,867,488 $107,294,107 33%
Mar 14, 2008 Horton Hears a Who New $45,012,998 $120,646,485 37%
Mar 21, 2008 Horton Hears a Who 2 $24,590,596 $113,845,938 22%
Mar 28, 2008 21 New $24,105,943 $106,924,995 23%
Apr 4, 2008 21 2 $15,337,418 $95,788,493 16%
Apr 11, 2008 Prom Night New $20,804,941 $95,176,655 22%
Apr 18, 2008 The Forbidden Kingdom New $21,401,121 $94,387,564 23%
Apr 25, 2008 Baby Mama New $17,407,110 $91,237,470 19%
May 2, 2008 Iron Man New $102,118,668 $162,511,441 63%
May 9, 2008 Iron Man 2 $51,190,629 $125,416,571 41%
May 16, 2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian New $55,034,805 $132,292,043 42%
May 23, 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the … New $100,137,835 $172,299,876 58%
May 30, 2008 Sex and the City New $56,848,056 $168,408,227 34%
Jun 6, 2008 Kung Fu Panda New $60,239,130 $175,480,912 34%
Jun 13, 2008 The Incredible Hulk New $55,414,050 $179,842,646 31%
Jun 20, 2008 Get Smart New $38,683,480 $143,188,951 27%
Jun 27, 2008 WALL-E New $63,087,526 $185,411,535 34%
Jul 4, 2008 Hancock New $62,603,879 $160,001,875 39%
Jul 11, 2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army New $34,539,115 $151,336,700 23%
Jul 18, 2008 The Dark Knight New $158,411,483 $260,835,369 61%
Jul 25, 2008 The Dark Knight 2 $75,166,466 $181,058,615 42%
Aug 1, 2008 The Dark Knight 3 $42,664,219 $153,723,242 28%
Aug 8, 2008 The Dark Knight 4 $26,117,030 $121,935,643 21%
Aug 15, 2008 Tropic Thunder New $25,812,796 $125,194,883 21%
Aug 22, 2008 Tropic Thunder 2 $16,272,195 $106,211,342 15%
Aug 29, 2008 Tropic Thunder 3 $11,518,611 $98,252,525 12%
Sep 5, 2008 Bangkok Dangerous New $7,783,266 $67,944,766 11%
Sep 12, 2008 Burn After Reading New $19,128,001 $101,210,232 19%
Sep 19, 2008 Lakeview Terrace New $15,004,672 $89,302,643 17%
Sep 26, 2008 Eagle Eye New $29,150,721 $101,208,575 29%
Oct 3, 2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua New $29,300,465 $113,835,206 26%
Oct 10, 2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 $17,502,077 $102,418,299 17%
Oct 17, 2008 Max Payne New $17,639,849 $100,241,233 18%
Oct 24, 2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year New $42,030,184 $135,139,447 31%
Oct 31, 2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2 $15,316,072 $88,091,883 17%
Nov 7, 2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa New $63,106,589 $142,966,435 44%
Nov 14, 2008 Quantum of Solace New $67,528,882 $148,792,060 45%
Nov 21, 2008 Twilight New $69,637,740 $164,806,592 42%
Nov 28, 2008 Four Christmases New $31,069,826 $162,959,244 19%
Dec 5, 2008 Four Christmases 2 $16,755,478 $82,757,394 20%
Dec 12, 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still New $30,480,153 $91,691,355 33%
Dec 19, 2008 Yes Man New $18,262,471 $88,494,028 21%
Dec 26, 2008 Marley & Me New $36,357,586 $201,356,336 18%

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 2008

RankDistributorMovies2008 GrossTicketsShare
1 Warner Bros. 32 $1,786,092,154 248,759,353 18.32%
2 Paramount Pictures 17 $1,602,712,839 223,219,060 16.44%
3 Sony Pictures 23 $1,266,210,334 176,352,403 12.99%
4 Universal 21 $1,074,520,152 149,654,614 11.02%
5 20th Century Fox 24 $1,048,311,696 146,004,418 10.75%
6 Walt Disney 19 $1,000,079,574 139,286,843 10.26%
7 Lionsgate 19 $441,532,487 61,494,775 4.53%
8 Summit Entertainment 5 $232,752,668 32,416,804 2.39%
9 Fox Searchlight 9 $217,747,257 30,326,915 2.23%
10 Focus Features 8 $186,978,035 26,041,506 1.92%
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Market Share for Each Genre in 2008

RankGenreMovies2008 GrossTicketsShare
1 Adventure 56 $2,689,254,029 374,547,907 27.58%
2 Comedy 125 $2,099,450,726 292,402,573 21.53%
3 Action 37 $1,961,967,999 273,254,586 20.12%
4 Drama 255 $1,089,198,448 151,698,839 11.17%
5 Thriller/Suspense 49 $780,172,122 108,659,050 8.00%
6 Romantic Comedy 25 $330,849,160 46,079,258 3.39%
7 Horror 25 $293,647,307 40,897,945 3.01%
8 Musical 11 $260,176,422 36,236,267 2.67%
9 Documentary 126 $87,432,868 12,177,214 0.90%
10 Concert/Performance 11 $75,628,951 10,533,274 0.78%
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Market Share for Each MPAA Rating in 2008

RankMPAA RatingMovies2008 GrossTicketsShare
1 PG-13 167 $5,476,098,010 762,687,700 56.16%
2 R 232 $1,969,413,063 274,291,424 20.20%
3 PG 57 $1,491,076,502 207,670,804 15.29%
4 G 18 $715,319,707 99,626,697 7.34%
5 Not Rated 253 $98,388,833 13,703,054 1.01%
6 NC-17 2 $51,710 7,201 0.00%
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Market Share for Each Type of Source Material in 2008

RankSource MaterialMovies2008 GrossTicketsShare
1 Original Screenplay 385 $4,859,079,106 676,751,823 49.83%
2 Based on Fiction Book/Short Story 107 $2,009,264,137 279,841,764 20.61%
3 Based on Comic/Graphic Novel 11 $1,225,650,592 170,703,422 12.57%
4 Based on TV 9 $504,745,320 70,298,790 5.18%
5 Remake 18 $415,351,782 57,848,432 4.26%
6 Based on Real Life Events 165 $363,188,068 50,583,217 3.72%
7 Based on Musical or Opera 9 $166,981,476 23,256,468 1.71%
8 Based on Play 8 $67,101,179 9,345,565 0.69%
9 Based on Game 2 $45,452,885 6,330,485 0.47%
10 Based on Factual Book/Article 4 $35,790,432 4,984,739 0.37%
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Market Share for Each Production Method in 2008

RankProduction MethodMovies2008 GrossTicketsShare
1 Live Action 702 $8,489,630,359 1,182,399,495 87.07%
2 Digital Animation 18 $1,044,783,262 145,512,987 10.71%
3 Animation/Live Action 4 $213,408,636 29,722,650 2.19%
4 Stop-Motion Animation 1 $1,203,250 167,583 0.01%
5 Multiple Production Methods 1 $508,695 70,848 0.01%
6 Hand Animation 3 $304,904 42,465 0.00%
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Market Share for Each Creative Type in 2008

RankCreative TypeMovies2008 GrossTicketsShare
1 Contemporary Fiction 387 $4,158,599,636 579,192,004 42.65%
2 Super Hero 8 $1,339,822,118 186,604,751 13.74%
3 Fantasy 49 $1,154,259,039 160,760,297 11.84%
4 Science Fiction 25 $1,005,639,165 140,061,160 10.31%
5 Historical Fiction 60 $860,560,499 119,855,199 8.83%
6 Kids Fiction 16 $690,445,178 96,162,280 7.08%
7 Dramatization 46 $376,588,405 52,449,621 3.86%
8 Factual 138 $163,139,187 22,721,263 1.67%
9 Multiple Creative Types 1 $508,695 70,848 0.01%
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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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