Number of movies released in the United States and Canada from 2001 to 2015

The statistic above presents data on movie releases in North America between 2001 and 2015. In 2012, 667 movies were released in the US and Canada.

Movies released in North America

The number of movies released in North America has increased since 2001, overall. In 2001, 482 movies were released. This number grew to a height of 631 movies by 2007, but then tumbled to just 521 movies in 2009 in response to the U.S. and global economic crisis. Since then, the industry has been rebounding, reaching its highest number of movie releases to date at 702 movies in 2014. Despite a fall in the number of films released in 2008 and 2009, the industry did not experience a decline in box office revenue. Box office revenue actually climbed from 9.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2008 to 10.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2009. Though movie theater attendance in the United States has trended downward since 2002, attendance bumped up in 2009 from 1.34 billion attendees in 2008 to 1.41 billion. Forty-six percent of surveyed Americans reported “almost never or never” going to see movies in a movie theater in July 2013.

Despite this surprising statistic, the North American movie industry is the largest in the world, accounting for roughly 35 percent of global filmed entertainment revenue in 2012. Filmed entertainment in the U.S. generated 30.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2012 and is project to reach 36.4 billion by 2017. The 650 films released in the U.S. and Canada in 2012, generated 10.8 billion U.S. dollars in box office revenue. Among the top releases at the box office that year were “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Skyfall.” Of the leading film studios in the USA, the greatest number of films, 19 total, were released by Sony, which accounted for around 17 percent of the North American box office that year. Sixteen films were released by Universal, earning the company over 1.3 billion dollars at the box office.

Show more
Download this statistic as XLS, PNG and PDF?
Basic Account
  • Access to basic statistics (approx. 7%)
  • Common download functions
Premium Account
$49 / month(billed annually)*
  • All the advantages of the Basic Account
  • Instant access to all statistics
  • Download as XLS, PNG and PDF
 Number of movies released
2001 482
2002 479
2003 506
2004 551
2005 547
2006 608
2007 631
2008 608
2009 521
2010 536
2011 602
2012 667
2013 688
2014 702
2015 691
Source information for logged in users only.
Show our solutions
Everything you need to know about...
Film industry in the U.S. - Statista Dossier
  • Great time-saver
  • All relevant statistics included

Offer: Order your Premium Account now & and get this dossier for free.

Get free dossier
You may also be interested in...
Show more
Market Analytics
Recent Statistics
Related market forecasts
Recommended studies and dossiers

Find the proper statistic fast and easy: