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Movie genres ranked by total box office revenue in North America 1995-2020

As of September 2020, adventure movies were the most popular movie genre in North America, with a total box office revenue of 63.57 billion U.S. dollars. The ranking of total box office revenue of different movie genres in North America between 1995 and 2020 shows adventure ranked first, followed by the action genre with total revenue amounting to 47.72 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 20120. 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 2020, by total box office revenue

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Source

Release date

September 2020

Region

Canada, United States

Survey time period

1995 to 2020

Special properties

as of September 16, 2020

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