Most popular movie genres in North America from 1995 to 2019, by total box office revenue
(in billion U.S. dollars)
Movie genres ranked by total box office revenue in North America 1995-2019
This statistic shows the total box office revenue of different movie genres in North America between 1995 and 2019. Adventure ranked first, with a total box office revenue of 60.63 billion U.S. dollars, followed by the action genre with total revenue amounting to 46.31 billion dollars.

Most popular movie genres in North America

Films within the drama, adventure, action and drama movie genres generated the most box office revenue in the years between 1995 and 2019. As of January 2019, none of the three most successful movies of all time (in terms of global box office revenue) were 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 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ranked third with 2.1 billion raised. Dramas and comedies also topped the list of movie genres ranked by number of releases in North America from 1995 to 2018. Between 1995 and 2018, over 2.22 thousand comedies and over 4.95 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 2018, over 1.3 billion tickets were sold in the United States and Canada at an average ticket price of 9.11 US dollars each.
Most popular movie genres in North America from 1995 to 2019, by total box office revenue
(in billion U.S. dollars)
Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
Adventure 60.63
Action 46.31
Drama 36.15
Comedy 33.62
Thriller/suspense 18.65
Horror 11.16
Romantic comedy 9.88
Musical 4.25
Documentary 2.19
Black comedy 1.5
Western 1.08
Concert/Performance 0.39
Multiple Genres 0.33
Reality0.06
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Canada, United States

Survey time period

1995 to 2019

Special properties

as of June 6, 2019

Movie genres ranked by total box office revenue in North America 1995-2019
This statistic shows the total box office revenue of different movie genres in North America between 1995 and 2019. Adventure ranked first, with a total box office revenue of 60.63 billion U.S. dollars, followed by the action genre with total revenue amounting to 46.31 billion dollars.

Most popular movie genres in North America

Films within the drama, adventure, action and drama movie genres generated the most box office revenue in the years between 1995 and 2019. As of January 2019, none of the three most successful movies of all time (in terms of global box office revenue) were 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 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ranked third with 2.1 billion raised. Dramas and comedies also topped the list of movie genres ranked by number of releases in North America from 1995 to 2018. Between 1995 and 2018, over 2.22 thousand comedies and over 4.95 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 2018, over 1.3 billion tickets were sold in the United States and Canada at an average ticket price of 9.11 US dollars each.
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