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. dollar 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. More than 1.2 billion movie tickets were sold in the U.S. in 2015. There are about 5,800 cinema sites in the U.S. as of 2015. About 14 percent of Americans go to the movies about once a month, seven percent go see movies in the movie theater twice or three times a month, whereas 37 percent go a few times a year. This is a considerable share taking into account 53 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, Universal achieved the most in 2015 – it held the largest market share, about 21 percent, and generated the highest box office revenue, 2.4 billion U.S. dollars. Buena Vista accounted for nearly 20 percent of the total box office gross in North America, and Warner Bros held about 14 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 2015, about 691 movies were released in North America, with drama being the most common genre amongst movie releases in the region. Up until 2015, the most successful movie franchise in the region was the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which generated about 3.6 billion U.S. dollars of box office revenue in North America alone. Movies like the “Iron Man”, “Marvel’s The Avengers”, “Spider-Man”, “The Incredible Hulk” are a few examples of franchise films. As of June 2016, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was 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, Dwayene “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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