Most popular movie genres in North America from 1995 to 2017, by total box office revenue (in billion U.S. dollars)

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Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
Adventure 45.67
Comedy 42.66
Action 37.08
Drama 33.56
Thriller/suspense 17.06
Romantic comedy 9.4
Horror 9.29
Musical 2.69
Documentary 2.01
Black comedy 1.27
Western 0.99
Concert/Performance 0.38
Multiple Genres 0.02

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This statistic ranks the most popular movie genres in North America by box office revenue. Adventure ranked first, with a total box office revenue of 45.67 billion US dollars. This data is based on a total of 714 adventure movies which make up a 22.58 percent revenue share of the market. In 2016, the adventure genre accounted for over 40 percent of the North American box office takings. Ranked second in that year was the action genre, which took 20.4 percent of the market.
Most popular movie genres in North America

Films within the comedy, adventure, action and drama movie genres generated the most box office revenue in the years between 1995 and 2017. Adventure films topped the list, with total ticket sales of 45.67 billion US dollars, followed by comedies, with total ticket sales of 42.66 billion U.S. dollars. As of April 2017, 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 2017. Between 1995 and 2016, over 2.3 thousand comedies and almost 4.5 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 2016, over 1.3 billion tickets were sold in the United States and Canada at an average ticket price of 8.65 US dollars each.
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April 2017
Canada, United States
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1995 to 2017
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as of April 25, 2017

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