Leading box office markets worldwide in 2018, by revenue

This statistic presents the leading box office markets worldwide in 2018, ranked by revenue. China was the second-largest market, with a box office revenue of nine billion U.S. dollars, although the source notes that this figure includes online ticketing fees. 'Operation Red Sea' was released in China in 2018, which is the third most successful movie of all time in the country, generating box office revenue of almost 3.7 million yuan. The leading imported movie in China in 2018 was box office hit 'Avengers: Infinity War', which pulled in over 2.3 million yuan at the box office.

Leading box office markets - additional information

The box office is a measurement of the total gross of tickets sold for a particular movie, essentially the revenue from ticket sales. In the film industry, box office sale values are significant in order to assess how successful a movie is. For film studios, box office numbers are important for potential future projects.

On a worldwide scale, the North American box office market leads by a significant amount compared to other markets. In 2018, box office revenue in the United States and Canada amounted to 11.9 billion U.S. dollars.

In the U.S. and Canada, the average cost of a movie ticket amounted to 9.11 U.S. dollars in 2018, up from 8.97 dollars in the previous year. Prices have been on the increase since 2001, when a movie ticket cost 5.66 dollars on average.

Leading box office markets worldwide in 2018, by revenue

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Release date

March 2019



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Supplementary notes

*The source notes that the figure for China includes online ticketing fees, and that the total for the China box office excluding these fees is no longer made available.

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