North American Box Office Hits Record $11.4 Billion

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The North American box office closed out the year with $11.4 billion in ticket sales, ComScore said Sunday. That marks a new record for the industry, bypassing the previous high-water mark of $11.1 billion that was established in 2015.

ComScore, a data measurement company, did not calculate admissions, but studio executives and analysts believe that attendance will be essentially flat. Nor does it account for inflation. The record was achieved, in part, thanks to more expensive tickets. Ticket prices hit new highs earlier in 2016, though an average full-year price for tickets have yet to be calculated.

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Still it was a record that few thought the industry would set. This year was faulted for lacking major franchises such as James Bond and the Fast and the Furious series.

It was a particularly strong year for Disney, which controlled more than a quarter of the domestic market share despite releasing fewer films than any of the major studios. It made the most of what it had. Disney launched four of the top five highest-grossing films, including “Finding Dory,” the years top film with $486.3 million. When holdovers are taken into account, Disney had six of the year’s ten highest-grossing releases, a group that includes “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which debuted in 2015.

Other top films include “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” ($408.2 million), “Captain America: Civil War” ($408.1 million),”The Secret Life of Pets” ($368.4 million), and “The Jungle Book” ($364 million).

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  1. dea338 says:

    Dollars are a worthless measure. When ticket prices rise, what does this show? Absolutely nothing measurable. The number of ticket sold from year to year is the measure that should be reported.

  2. kora bora says:

    Too many good action flicks are being made cheaply in London studios these days. I am back to watching 70s flicks because of this crap they churn out. The last Furious was a total disaster. 007 at least has some class, while also digital

  3. mjweir says:

    um, this is a bit of smoke and mirrors. Dollar for dollar from the height of Hollywood revenues are sharply down. People don’t go to the movies anymore. HW can massage itself all it likes but the reality is unless they get their head out of their butt and figure out a way to cater to everyone, not just kids or adults who think they are kids they are on the path to obsolescence.

    I used to go to multiple films a week. Now I see less in a year than I once did in a week. The tiny slice of the population that still goes is dwindling by the decade and most of the talent is abandoning film for television.

  4. Rudy Mario says:

    Forgot to add…

    These types of headlines in publications are paid for by the suits of Hollywood to masssage their egos, give them cover and hide the cold and true facts from shareholders.

    But the stock market makes its own decision after cutting through such smoke and mirror articles.

  5. Yashrajsingh Arora says:

    I think it was Zootopia and not the secret life of pets. (The list needs to be corrected)

    • jluckhurst41 says:

      No, they’re correct. Zootopia was another Disney film that made big numbers, but only $341m for a 7th place last year. Their list is of the top 5 earners of 2016 and that included The Secret Life of Pets.

  6. mstrainjr says:

    Obviously Hollywood is being decimated by internet piracy.

  7. Jim says:

    A bogus “record”…..it’s just ticket price inflation.

  8. Ima Right says:

    boycott Hollyweird. nothing to see from those leftist except garbage. even Disney
    is not the Disney that made great kids and family entertainment. not anymore.
    plenty of DVD’s and VHS of great entertainment before Hollywood became Hollyweird.

  9. Hugh McAloon says:

    Didn’t the Industry spend all year, almost each and every weekend, boo-hoo-hooing about revenues?

    • jedi77 says:

      Well, many of the studios still have reason to boo-hoo. Disney alone was responsible for more than a quarter of all revenue. That basically leaves tablescraps for the rest of the studios.
      Paramount, for example, had only 1 (one!) film to top $100 million.

  10. Nick says:

    Wasn’t finding dory co-directed by he guy who made the colossal critical and biggest box office flop in history, john carter? dory may not have been very memorable, but it was scads better than that monstrous flop.

  11. Rudy Mario says:

    Here we go again. The headline is misleading since the author says ticket sales were flat and the increase came due to increase in ticket prices. So many people have dropped out of seeing movies in theaters mostly due to always I increasing ticket prices. And the theater owners and the studios foolishly ignore it. Studios foolishly think that constant growth in China insulates them from ignoring the declining theater ticket sales in the US.

    20 bucks for Imax!!! 13 to 15 bucks for regular!
    Watch what happens next for both theaters and studios. Starwars and animation fatigue will probably steepen the decline in ticket sales in a year or two.

  12. gabe says:

    a bulk of that is disneys

  13. Bas says:

    What A Year 2016 was… Now i hope 2017 surpass that record. Happy New Year.

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