Box office revenue in North America
The 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. Almost 1.32 billion tickets were sold at the North American box office in 2016. The average ticket price was 8.65 dollars, marking an increase of over one dollar since 2009.
Box office revenues in 2016 were dispersed among a number of leading film studios in North America. Buena Vista earned the most at the box office in 2016, generating over three billion U.S. dollars in ticket sales. Buena Vista had a box office market share of 26.3 percent that year, up from 19.8 percent the previous year. Warner Bros. took the second largest portion of box office revenue in 2016, with earnings totaling 1.9 billion U.S. dollars. Warner Bros. accounted for 16.7 percent of the box office market in 2016, up from 13.9 percent in 2015. Other leading film studios in terms of box office revenue included: Universal, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Lionsgate, and Sony/Colombia . In 2016, the highest grossing movie in North America in 2016 was “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, with 532.17 million U.S. dollars generated. Second highest grossing in 2016 was “Finding Dory,” also a Walt Disney production.