Average ticket price at North American movie theaters from 2001 to 2016 (in U.S. dollars)

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The statistic above presents data on the average ticket price at North American movie theaters from 2001 to 2016. In 2016, moviegoers in the U.S. and Canada had to pay an average ticket price of 8.65 U.S. dollars. The highest grossing movie in 2016 was "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", which generated over 532 million U.S. dollars at the domestic box office. This contributed to Disney/Buena Vista, the distributor of the Star Wars series, bringing in over three billion U.S. dollars at the North American box office in 2016.
Ticket price at North American movie theaters – additional information

Going to a movie theater has been a growing expense since 2001 when admission cost 5.66 U.S. dollars. However, to watch celebrities on silver screen in 2016, an average American needed to pay a over 8.50 U.S. dollars. Despite the rise in prices, the frequency of cinema visits among American adults is still high. During a survey in 2017, six percent of respondents stated that they go to the movies two or three times a month. This trend is reflected in growing revenues as well. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that American movie theaters generated over 15 billion U.S dollars in 2015, out of which 9.9 billion was derived from admissions to feature film exhibitions.

In 2016, there were 733 movies released in the United States and Canada and almost 1.32 billion movie tickets were sold in the same period. Comedy, adventure, drama and action were in the top four genres most watched by North American audiences, based on the box office results.
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Release date
January 2017
Canada, United States
Survey time period
2001 to 2016

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