Global cinema exhibition in 2014

World box office inches up to reach new record in 2014

September 10, 2015  | Subscribers Only

Charlotte Jones Charlotte Jones Associate Director/Principal Analyst, Cinema, OMDIA
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Global box office (BO) revenue hit a new all-time high of $36.3 billion in 2014. The key driving forces were the continued growth of China and other emerging box office markets alongside ticket price inflation, according to IHS's in-depth annual review of over 70 international cinema exhibition markets. The international (minus North American) market contributed a new record 71.4% of global box. This highlights the growing significance of international markets with regards to the distribution of key studio titles, although a large proportion of this growth can be accounted for by China.

In this report: 

  • International territories accounted for a record 71.4% of global box office
  • Without China, International's share of box office would actually have been down
  • China alone generated 13.3% of total world box office in 2014, up from 9.9% in 2013
  • 2014 general box office malaise stemmed from lacklustre slate from the US Studios

List of tables and charts: 

  • Territories ranked by screens per million head of population 2014
  • Territories ranked by admissions per head 2014
  • Territories ranked by average ticket prices 2014 ($)
  • Box office revenue by territory 2013, 2014 in local currency and $
  • Cinema admissions by territory
  • Cinema screens by territory
  • Top ten territories ranked by box office revenue 2014 ($)
  • Top ten territories ranked by cinema admissions 2014
  • Top ten territories ranked by total screens 2014

Number of pages: 13
Number of charts and tables: 9

Charlotte Jones

Associate Director/Principal Analyst, Cinema, OMDIA

Charlotte is an Associate Director at OMDIA, focusing on the global cinema business and an expert on digital and technology market trends.

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