Global box office 2013

The MPAA has just released figures for the Top 20 film markets worldwide in 2013. The Hollywood majors are most interested in the financial return so they list markets by value:

2013 Box Office (US $ billions)

1. US & Canada 10.9

2. China 3.6

3. Japan 2.4

4. UK 1.7

5. France 1.6

6. India 1.5

7. South Korea 1.4

7. Russia 1.4

9. Germany 1.3

10. Australia 1.1

11. Brazil 0.9

11. Mexico 0.9

13. Italy 0.8

14. Spain 0.7

15. Argentina 0.4

16. Netherlands 0.3

16. Turkey 0.3

16. Taiwan 0.3

19. Sweden 0.2

19. Switzerland 0.2

19. Malaysia 0.2

The total box office worldwide was $39.5 billion.

The major caveat that needs to be noted is that these are mainly the figures collected by rental tracking agencies which are part of the Hollywood-dominated international film industry. Where such agencies don’t operate (large parts of Africa, Middle East and Asia) it is difficult to gather data on box office. Some estimates suggest that the true figure for India would be more like $3 billion. The chart does not rank film territories according to admissions. Although most ticket prices in the territories above are roughly similar at US$6-9, prices in India are lower and in Japan much higher.

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