The graph shows leading cinema circuits in North America as of July 2014, ranked by number of screens. Carmike Cinemas ranked fourth with 2892 screens.
Leading movie theaters in the U.S. – additional information
The first in the ranking is the Regal Entertainment Group with 7.37 thousand screens across the United States. The company was established in 1989 and is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. It operates such movie theater brands as Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theaters, and United Artists Theatres. Regal Entertainment Group generated over three billion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2013, up from 2.82 billion a year earlier. The attendance at Regal Cinemas grew as well, increasing by more than 12 million visitors in the same time period.
Ranked second for number of screens is the AMC Entertainment Incorporated with nearly five thousand screens. The company made headlines in May 2012, when it was announced that the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group would buy the chain for about 2.6 billion U.S. dollars. The acquisition was completed in September 2012. AMC Entertainment was founded as AMC Theaters in 1920 and is currently headquartered in Leawood, Kansas. The chain’s 2013 revenue amounted to 2.75 billion U.S. dollars, up from 2.52 in the previous full fiscal year. Attendance grew from 194.21 to 199.27 million between 2012 and 2013.
Cinemark USA, the third largest chain, had 4.5 thousand screens in the United States as of July 2014. The chain is owned by Cinemark Holdings, Inc. which operates in Taiwan and Latin America in addition to its U.S. business. The company was founded in 1984 and is currently based out of Plano, Texas. Cinemark’s revenue showed steady growth between 2006 and 2013, when the revenue more than doubled from 1.22 billion to 2.68 billion U.S. dollars. Attendance has increased as well, but not quite as spectacularly as the company’s growth in revenue.