Film Industry - Statistics & Facts

Film Industry - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about the film industry

The global film industry shows healthy projections for the coming years, as the global box office revenue is forecast to increase from about 38 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 to nearly 50 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. The U.S. is the third largest film market in the world in terms of tickets sold per year, only behind China and India. Just under 1.2 billion movie tickets were sold in the U.S. in 2016. There are about 5,800 cinema sites in the U.S. as of 2016. According to a recent survey, 14 percent of Americans go to the movies about once a month, six percent go see movies in the movie theater twice or three times a month, whereas 31 percent go a few times a year. This is a considerable share taking into account the 52 percent of American adults prefer watching movies at home.


Film entertainment is big business in the United States. It is expected that the film entertainment business will generate 35.3 billion U.S. dollars in revenue by 2019. Among film studios, Buena Vista achieved the most in 2016 – it held the largest market share, approximately 26 percent, and generated the highest box office revenue, over three billion U.S. dollars. Warner Bros. accounted for nearly 17 percent of the total box office gross in North America, and 20th Century Fox held about 13 percent of the market share. Warner Bros, Universal and Miramax have all been awarded with the prize of “Best Picture” in the Academy Awards four times each.

In 2016, 733 movies were released in North America, with drama being the most common genre amongst movie releases in the region. Until now, the most successful movie franchise in the region was the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which generated over four billion U.S. dollars of box office revenue in North America alone. Movies like “Iron Man”, “Marvel’s The Avengers”, “Spider-Man”, “The Incredible Hulk” are a few examples of franchise films. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the highest grossing 3D movie in North America, with lifetime gross of around 936 million U.S. dollars.

Jennifer Lawrence, star of “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Silver Linings Playbook” and many other movies, is the best-paid actress in the world. Other high-paid actresses include Melissa McCarthy, Scarlett Johansson, Fan Bingbing and Charlize Theron. In regards to actors, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson leads the list of best-paid actors, followed by Jackie Chan, Matt Damon, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp. With a total of four awards, Katharine Hepburn set the record for number of Oscars won by an actor.




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Facts on the film industry
Key Industry FiguresValuesStatistic
TV & video revenue worldwide286.17bn USD Details →
Global box office revenue38.3bn USD Details →
Box office revenue in China6.6bn USD Details →
Number of films produced in India1,966 Details →
Leading film market worldwide United States Details →
Favorite movie genre of male consumersComedy Details →
Film Studios & Movie TheatersValuesStatistic
Box office revenue of Warner Bros.1,902.2m USD Details →
Disney has highest per-film average revenue in U.S.124.7m USD Details →
Number of movie tickets sold in U.S. and Canada1,315.2m Details →
Leading cinema circuit in the U.S. and CanadaAMC Theatres Details →
Number of digital cinema screens worldwide155,069 Details →
Number of movies released by Warner Bros. in 201525 Details →
Digital & 3D CinemaValuesStatistic
Number of digital 3D cinema screens in U.S. and Canada16,745 Details →
Number of 3D cinema screens worldwide87,176 Details →
Box office revenue generated by 3D films in U.S. & Canada1.6bn USD Details →
Movies, Actors & AwardsValuesStatistic
Highest grossing movie in 2016Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Details →
Box office revenue of Harry Potter2.59bn USD Details →
Highest paid actor worldwide in 2016Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Details →
Annual income of Jennifer Lawrence46m USD Details →
Number of Academy Awards for Walt Disney26 Details →
Most popular movie genre by revenueAdventure Details →
Most expensive movie production of all timePirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Details →


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