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Market Share for Each Genre in 2016

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Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 2016. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2016. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2015 will most likely earn money in 2015 and 2016.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 2016

RankGenreMovies2016 GrossTicketsShare
1 Adventure 56 $4,686,116,125 541,747,501 41.78%
2 Action 59 $2,297,991,647 265,663,743 20.49%
3 Drama 280 $1,339,173,437 154,817,597 11.94%
4 Comedy 96 $1,302,997,778 150,635,535 11.62%
5 Thriller/Suspense 64 $657,669,107 76,031,083 5.86%
6 Horror 28 $479,705,329 55,457,250 4.28%
7 Western 7 $147,173,775 17,014,306 1.31%
8 Romantic Comedy 30 $137,209,258 15,862,326 1.22%
9 Documentary 159 $50,858,662 5,879,537 0.45%
10 Black Comedy 6 $48,370,932 5,592,013 0.43%
11 Musical 7 $38,847,967 4,491,090 0.35%
12 Concert/Performance 4 $27,211,033 3,145,782 0.24%
13 Multiple Genres 4 $2,862,219 330,890 0.03%

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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