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Market Share for Each Genre in 2009

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Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 2009. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2009. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2008 will most likely earn money in 2008 and 2009.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 2009

RankGenreMovies2009 GrossTicketsShare
1 Adventure 49 $2,818,706,120 375,827,476 26.49%
2 Action 31 $2,041,030,428 272,137,386 19.18%
3 Drama 191 $1,834,288,613 244,571,737 17.24%
4 Comedy 87 $1,435,263,724 191,368,471 13.49%
5 Thriller/Suspense 55 $965,318,224 128,709,077 9.07%
6 Romantic Comedy 26 $642,370,662 85,649,416 6.04%
7 Horror 24 $584,639,025 77,951,862 5.49%
8 Documentary 92 $187,290,939 24,972,087 1.76%
9 Black Comedy 9 $54,671,157 7,289,484 0.51%
10 Musical 10 $39,330,920 5,244,119 0.37%
11 Concert/Performance 3 $19,953,639 2,660,484 0.19%
12 Multiple Genres 1 $644,635 85,951 0.01%
13 Western 2 $169,906 22,654 0.00%

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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