This statistic ranks the most popular movie genres in North America by box office revenue. Comedies ranked first, with ticket sales of USD 45 billion.
Most popular movie genres in North America
Films within the comedy, adventure, drama and action movie genres generated the most box office revenue in the years between 1995 and 2012. Comedies topped the list, with total ticket sales of 44.8 billion US dollars, followed by adventure movies, with total ticket sales of 38.2 billion U.S. dollars. Nevertheless, as of July 2013, the three most successful movies of all time (in terms of global box office revenue) were not comedies. “Avatar” was the most successful movie, having raised 2.8 billion US dollars in box office revenue. “Titanic” came in second with 2.2 billion US dollars raised, and “Marvel’s The Avengers” ranked third with 1.5 billion raised. Dramas and comedies also topped the list of movie genres ranked by number of releases in North America from 1995 to 2011. Between 1995 and 2011, over 1.7 thousand comedies and 3.1 thousand dramas were released.
Box office revenue, the amount of money generated through movie ticket sales, remains one of the motion picture industry’s most important measures of a film’s commercial success. In 2012, the North American movie industry raised an estimated total of 34 billion US dollars in revenue, making the North American film business the most profitable in the world. Of the total 34 billion US dollars raised, ticket sales accounted for almost 11 million US dollars in revenue. That year, over 1.3 billion tickets were sold in the United States and Canada at an average ticket price of 7.94 US dollars each. Americans spent an average of 39.66 US dollars each at the box office in 2012. It is projected that by 2017, the global revenue of the filmed entertainment industry will grow to exceed 106 billion US dollars.