Leading box office markets worldwide in 2016, by revenue (in billion U.S. dollars)

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This statistic presents the leading box office markets worldwide in 2016, ranked by revenue. Japan was the second-largest market, with a box office revenue of two billion U.S. dollars. At the top of the list was the Chinese box office, which brought in revenue of 6.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. That year saw the release of 'The Mermaid' in China, which has since gone on to become the most successful movie of all time in the country, generating box office revenue of almost 3.4 million yuan. The leading imported movie in China in 2016 was the animated movie, Zootopia, which pulled in 1.53 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 2016, box office revenue in the United States and Canada combined for 11.4 billion U.S. dollars. China lead all other international box office markets worldwide, having earned 6.6 billion U.S. dollars of revenue, followed by Japan with two billion U.S. dollars and then India with 1.9 billion U.S. dollars. A possible reason for such a large revenue differential could be the production of most popular movies in Hollywood and major film festivals taking place in the United States.

Higher North American revenues could possibly be attributed to not only higher interest, but also higher movie ticket prices. In the U.S. and Canada, the average movie ticket price amounted to 8.65 U.S. dollars in 2016. This is a value that has significantly increased over the past decade. A ticket in 2006 cost 6.55 U.S. dollars, so, in 10 years, the average cost of a movie ticket had risen by more than two U.S. dollars.
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