Cinema Box Office Report - 2019

September 11, 2019  | Subscribers Only

Xin Zhang Xin Zhang Senior Research Analyst, Cinema
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Global box office revenue grew 3.3% in 2018, ending the year at $41.6 billion (for all countries with data available in this report), according to data from the IHS Markit Cinema Intelligence.

The international market (excluding North America) was still the main driver of global growth but North America also performed well and contributed significantly to the growth. The international market contributed 71.4% of the global box office, a similar share to 2017. China accounted for 22.2% of global box office in 2018, up from a much smaller 4.9% eight years ago.


  • Global box office revenue grew by 3.3% in 2018
  • The International market contributed to 71.4% of global box office
  • Cinema attendance rose by 1.8% globally in 2018
  • Cinema screens in the world had a strong 7.3% growth in 2018
  • Majority of the markets in Western Europe suffered a loss in cinema admissions
  • Central and Eastern Europe declined for the first time in cinema attendance in the past six years
  • North America went back to growth after a poor 2017
  • South American countries affected largely by exchange rate
  • Saudi Arabia expanded quickly with 57 screens in H1 2019

In this report:

Global box office, Global cinema admissions, Global screens, admissions per head, box office by region, admissions by region, screens by region

List of tables and charts:

  • Top 10 box office territories 2018 ($ million)
  • Cinema admissions market share by region 2018, %
  • Cinema screens market share by region 2018, %
  • Cinema admissions per head 2018
  • Cinema admissions (millions)
  • Cinema gross box office in $m and in local currencies (m)
  • Cinema screens

Number of pages: 17

Number of tables and charts: 7

Xin Zhang

Senior Research Analyst, Cinema

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

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