The statistic above presents data on the annual box office gross revenue in the US and Canada. In 2012, 10.84 billion US dollars was earned at the box office.
Box office revenue in North America
Film industry uses box office revenue, or, the amount of money generated through movie ticket sales, to measure the commercial success of the films it produces. Ticket sales also account for a sizable portion of the film industry’s total revenues. The North American film industry is the most profitable in the world, with filmed entertainment revenues reaching 33.81 billion US dollars in 2012. That year, box office revenue in North America reached 10.84 billion U.S. dollars, or 32 percent of total filmed entertainment revenues. Almost 1.3 billion tickets were sold at the North American box office in 2012. The average ticket price was 7.94 dollars, and American consumers spent 39.66 US dollars per person at the box office that year.
Box office revenues in 2012 were dispersed among a number of leading film studios in North America. Sony / Columbia earned the most at the box office in 2012, generating 1.79 billion U.S. dollars in ticket sales. Sony / Columbia had a box office market share of 16.60 percent that year, up from 12.50 percent the previous year. Warner Bros. took the second largest portion of box office revenue in 2012, with earnings totalling 1.67 billion U.S. dollars. Warner Bros. accounted for 15.40 percent of the box office market in 2012, down from 17.90 percent in 2011. Other leading film studios in terms of box office revenue were included: Buena Vista, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment, the Weinstein Company and Relativity. As of August 2013, the highest grossing movie in North America in 2013 was “Iron Man 3” a production of Marvel Studios distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, with 407.44 million U.S. dollars generated. Second highest grossing in 2013, was “Despicable Me 2,” a production of Illumination Entertainment distributed by Universal Pictures.