Global box office revenue 2014-2019, by format

The vast majority of revenue generated at box offices worldwide comes from 2D cinema, with 3D contributing just 6.5 billion U.S. dollars to the 2019 total.

Box office revenue in North America ramounted 11.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, down from the previous year but enough to keep the U.S. and Canada well ahead of China.

Aside from North America, some of the leading box office markets worldwide include China, Japan, the United Kingdom and South Korea.

Global cinema - additional information

The cost of going to a movie theater has been growing for decades, and in North America the average admission price was 9.16 U.S. dollars. Whilst the North American market remains the largest in the world, the Indian film industry has also continued to grow and the country was a leader in terms of the number of tickets sold.

The mass market success of the VCR starting in the mid 1970s, followed by the introduction of DVDs and the recent popularity of on-demand Internet streaming media services, such as Netflix, has changed the movie theater industry around the world. Many movie theater chains have gone bankrupt in the past decade, but the industry is constantly revamping itself with competitive ticket prices, better concession foods and newer technologies. As of 2016, there were over 155 thousand digital cinema screens worldwide, out of which roughly 87 thousand were based on a 3D technology.

Global box office revenue from 2014 to 2019, by format

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2014 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Values include all films released, regardless of distributor or country of origin.
The source notes that local currency box office trends may differ due to fluctuations in the exchange rate.

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