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Box Office in the U.S. - statistics & facts

A box office is the place where tickets to events – such as movies or theatrical plays – are sold, although today the term is most often used in the film industry as an indicator of the success of a movie. Box office revenue is the amount of money raised by ticket sales; a movie that “does well at the box office” attracts many people and generates a good amount of revenue. After more than a decade of growth, global box office revenue peaked at a record 42.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, fueled by an avalanche of popular blockbuster franchises and the continuous advancements of international film markets.

Box office trends in the United States

North America has been the leading box office market worldwide for several decades. In 2019, box office revenue in the United States and Canada reached a combined 11.32 billion U.S. dollars after peaking at almost 12 billion the previous year and plummeting to two billion in 2020. Split by film studios, Disney currently accounts for the largest share of box office revenue in North America. Given Walt Disney Studios’ global fame and influence, it comes as no surprise that many of the world’s most popular movies and franchises were rolled out or acquired by the California-based media conglomerate. As of 2021, Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” remains the most successful movie of all time based on global box office revenue, followed by “Avatar”, “Titanic”, and other installments of the Marvel superhero franchise.

Movie ticket sales and attendance

The United States is one of the largest film markets in the world based on ticket sales, ranking only behind China and India. In 2019, more than one billion movie tickets were sold in the United States, and while watching films in theaters remains a popular pastime among Americans, a downward trend in admissions has become apparent since the mid-2000s. Rising movie ticket prices in the United States and Canada and the ever-expanding catalogue of streaming services have arguably had the most significant impact on movie attendance – prior to 2020, that is.

Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. film market

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has severely impacted the U.S. movie industry in 2020. As movie theaters throughout the country had to stay closed for the better part of the year, North American box office revenue hit a 40-year low amidst the pandemic. While numerous movies that were scheduled for 2020 had to be postponed to 2021, some skipped a traditional theatrical release altogether and premiered on online streaming services instead. Considering that ticket sales account for a large portion of the film industry’s total revenue and remain the primary source of revenue for movie theaters, it remains to be seen how quickly U.S. cinemas and the film exhibition industry as a whole will recover.

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Box Office in the U.S. - statistics & facts

A box office is the place where tickets to events – such as movies or theatrical plays – are sold, although today the term is most often used in the film industry as an indicator of the success of a movie. Box office revenue is the amount of money raised by ticket sales; a movie that “does well at the box office” attracts many people and generates a good amount of revenue. After more than a decade of growth, global box office revenue peaked at a record 42.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, fueled by an avalanche of popular blockbuster franchises and the continuous advancements of international film markets.

Box office trends in the United States

North America has been the leading box office market worldwide for several decades. In 2019, box office revenue in the United States and Canada reached a combined 11.32 billion U.S. dollars after peaking at almost 12 billion the previous year and plummeting to two billion in 2020. Split by film studios, Disney currently accounts for the largest share of box office revenue in North America. Given Walt Disney Studios’ global fame and influence, it comes as no surprise that many of the world’s most popular movies and franchises were rolled out or acquired by the California-based media conglomerate. As of 2021, Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” remains the most successful movie of all time based on global box office revenue, followed by “Avatar”, “Titanic”, and other installments of the Marvel superhero franchise.

Movie ticket sales and attendance

The United States is one of the largest film markets in the world based on ticket sales, ranking only behind China and India. In 2019, more than one billion movie tickets were sold in the United States, and while watching films in theaters remains a popular pastime among Americans, a downward trend in admissions has become apparent since the mid-2000s. Rising movie ticket prices in the United States and Canada and the ever-expanding catalogue of streaming services have arguably had the most significant impact on movie attendance – prior to 2020, that is.

Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. film market

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has severely impacted the U.S. movie industry in 2020. As movie theaters throughout the country had to stay closed for the better part of the year, North American box office revenue hit a 40-year low amidst the pandemic. While numerous movies that were scheduled for 2020 had to be postponed to 2021, some skipped a traditional theatrical release altogether and premiered on online streaming services instead. Considering that ticket sales account for a large portion of the film industry’s total revenue and remain the primary source of revenue for movie theaters, it remains to be seen how quickly U.S. cinemas and the film exhibition industry as a whole will recover.

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In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Box Office in the U.S.".

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