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Market Share for Each Genre in 2017

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Note: This chart ranks genres by the amount they earned at the domestic box office during 2017. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 2017. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2016 will most likely earn money in 2016 and 2017.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

Top Grossing Genres of 2017

RankGenreMovies2017 GrossTicketsShare
1 Action 67 $3,817,122,228 427,808,665 34.79%
2 Adventure 46 $2,389,275,256 267,818,561 21.78%
3 Drama 250 $1,322,931,300 148,096,516 12.06%
4 Horror 33 $983,741,727 110,491,710 8.97%
5 Comedy 73 $780,319,294 87,395,085 7.11%
6 Thriller/Suspense 64 $747,256,213 83,833,677 6.81%
7 Musical 7 $671,617,163 75,419,596 6.12%
8 Romantic Comedy 15 $85,993,158 9,660,220 0.78%
9 Western 8 $61,558,804 6,916,628 0.56%
10 Black Comedy 10 $61,287,637 6,839,439 0.56%
11 Documentary 140 $43,083,716 4,821,827 0.39%
12 Multiple Genres 5 $4,614,134 518,440 0.04%
13 Concert/Performance 3 $2,984,320 335,315 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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