Market share of film studios in North America in 2018

In 2018, Disney/Buena Vista was the leading film studio in North America. With a record-breaking domestic box office gross of 3.09 billion U.S. dollars, the studio accounted for approximately 26 percent of that year’s total box office gross in the United States and Canada.

2018 was the highest-grossing year at the North American box office

The North American box office registered record ticket sales of close to 11.9 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, making it the highest-grossing year of all time. Despite the increasing popularity of streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, there was an increase in movie admissions in the United States and Canada in 2018. This trend can be attributed to the portfolio of highly anticipated releases that moviegoers did not want to miss out on, even at a time when admission prices were at their highest.

Disney is expanding its monopoly position

Powerhouse Disney has been ruling the domestic, international, and global box office for years. It was the first studio to hit the three billion U.S. dollar mark at the domestic box office in 2016, and since then, both the studio and the motion picture film industry clicked past that mark in 2018 and 2019 as well. In recent years, Disney has acquired several profitable companies and movie franchises like Fox, Marvel Studios, and 21st Century Fox to expand its movie portfolio and strengthen its monopoly position. Some of its most successful recent releases include ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘The Lion King’, and ‘Black Panther’. In late 2019 the company launched its very own streaming service, Disney+, which is reportedly part of The Walt Disney Company’s long-term goal to grow its direct-to-consumer segment.

Market share of leading film studios in North America in 2018

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Release date

February 2019


Canada, United States

Survey time period

January 1 to December 31, 2018

Supplementary notes

Market share is the respective studio's share of the total box office revenue.

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