Global cinema exhibition in 2013

September 25, 2014  | Subscribers Only

Xin Zhang Xin Zhang Senior Research Analyst, Cinema
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Global box office reached $35.4 billion in 2013, a modest rise of 1% over 2012’s revised $35.0 billion. Given the decline in cinema admissions during the year, the rise in revenues earned is more a function of rising average ticket prices and the expansion of emerging markets. The international (i.e. non-US) market contributed 69% of the total revenue, same proportion as 2011 and 2012. This, again, highlights the importance of international markets to the leading global film distributors, the US studios. China is still the largest international market followed by Japan. In fact, most regions suffered a decline in box office in 2013. Western Europe, Africa, Far East and Oceania all experienced a drop in revenue, though at different levels. Declining moviegoers, market maturity, as well as economic crisis all have an impact on market performance. On the plus side, emerging markets like China, Mexico and Russia were the main driving forces for the rising global box office. Local titles played an important role in many countries in 2013, among them China, Italy, Russia and Mexico all had a good year for local films.


global box office, admission, cinema screens

List of tables and charts

  • Cinema admissions
  • Cinema screens
  • Cinema gross box office revenue

Number of pages: 9

Number of charts and tables: 3

Xin Zhang

Senior Research Analyst, Cinema

Xin Zhang is a senior research analyst for Cinema at Omdia.

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