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Number of digital cinema screens worldwide 2006-2020

In 2020, the number of digital cinema screens worldwide amounted to over 203 thousand – a figure which includes both digital 3D and digital non-3D formats. This is a significant increase from the 155 thousand recorded five years ago and continues the upward trend which has been ongoing since 2006. The number of screens globally has increased by almost twenty times in the past decade, and with digital formats becoming more and more commonplace in the movie industry, it is expected that this growth will continue.

Digital cinema

The region with the most digital 3D cinema screens in the world is Asia Pacific, with over 78 thousand screens in this format in 2020, more than 210 times the number recorded in 2008 where there were just 344 screens of this kind in the whole region. The U.S. and Canada have the third most digital 3D screens worldwide, but still lag behind EMEA countries.

Despite the resurgence of 3D at the beginning of the 21st century, global box office revenue for 3D movies amounted to just 6.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, whereas for 2D the figure was 35.7 billion. Despite the 3D craze which saw the release of ‘The Final Destination’ and ‘Avatar’ in 2009, the novelty has somewhat worn off among moviegoers and among the 835 movies released in the U.S. and Canada in 2019, just 35 were 3D features.

Number of digital cinema screens worldwide from 2006 to 2020

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Release date

March 2021



Survey time period

2006 to 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures before 2016 come from previous years' reports.

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