Theatrical Market Statistics 2016

MPAA_Cover_2016-230x300The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has released its 2016 Theatrical Market Statistics. The report finds that, in 2016, the global box office for all films released in each country around the world reached $38.6 billion, up one percent from 2015.

The domestic (U.S. & Canada) box office was $11.4 billion, which grew two percent, while the international box office was $27.2 billion in U.S. dollars, the same as 2015, despite the increased strength of the U.S. dollar and slower growth in China. The international box office now comprises 71 percent of the global box office.

The number of cinema screens increased by eight percent worldwide in 2016 to nearly 164,000, due in large part to continued double-digit growth in the Asia-Pacific region (+18%).

The number of digital screens (+17%) and Premium Large Format screens (+11%) also saw double-digit growth globally. The number of digital screens in the United States has now increased to 98 percent of all U.S. screens. Ninety-five percent of the world’s cinema screens are now digital.

The highest grossing U.S. & Canada box office films in 2016 were as follows:

  1. Finding Dory (Disney): $486.3
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney): $408.2
  3. Captain America: Civil War (Disney): $408.1
  4. The Secret Life of Pets (Universal): $368.4
  5. The Jungle Book (Disney): $364.0

In 2016, the U.S. & Canada box office was $11.4 billion, up two percent from $11.1 billion in 2015. Tickets sold (1.32 billion) held steady compared to 2015. Three of the top five grossing films in 2016 attracted majority-female audiences. Finding Dory drew the largest proportion of females, with 55 percent of its box office coming from women. The Jungle Book drew the most ethnically diverse audience, followed by Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War.

The total number of films released theatrically was 718, which was an increase of one percent from 2015. MPAA members, which are the major studios, released 139 films, down five percent in 2016 compared to 2015. Independents continued to release the most films domestically with 579 films, up three percent from 2015.

For further information, see: www.mpaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MPAA-Theatrical-Market-Statistics-