New Report: Global Entertainment Market Expands on Multiple Fronts

April 4, 2018

Consumer Spending for Combined Theatrical and Home Entertainment Markets Worldwide Approaches $90 Billion

WASHINGTON – The global entertainment market is expanding on multiple fronts, according to new theatrical and home entertainment data released today by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Consumer spending for the combined theatrical and home entertainment markets reached $88.4 billion worldwide. The global box office reached a new record high of $40.6 billion in 2017 – up five percent from the previous year. Home entertainment consumer spending also increased globally in 2017 to hit $47.8 billion, up 11 percent over 2016.

The 2017 Theatrical and Home Entertainment Market Environment report, or THEME, includes new information on the home entertainment market in addition to global box office figures and a moviegoer demographic survey. The expanded report reflects the continued evolution of global entertainment.

“With more stories and more storytelling mediums than ever, our industry continues to adapt to an ever changing world,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “The global entertainment market is expanding on multiple fronts, constantly innovating to deliver an unparalleled experience to audiences worldwide. In 2017, not only did the global box office hit yet another record high, the number of subscriptions to online video services around the world jumped 33 percent to reach 446.8 million.”

“With the global box office continuing to grow and movies drawing younger, more diverse audiences, we see a bright future for theatrical entertainment,” said John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO). “We are relentlessly innovating, investing in top-notch cinema infrastructure and advanced technology, to give audiences the very best movie experience.”

The global box office’s record high was driven by a seven percent increase in international markets ($29.5 billion), in large part due to growth in China. Japan, the United Kingdom, India, and South Korea rounded out the top five international markets after China. Cinema screens increased eight percent globally in 2017, reaching just over 170,000, led by continued double digit growth in the Asia Pacific region (+16%).

In the United States and Canada, while the domestic box office did not quite reach last year’s record of $11.4 billion, its robust performance matched 2015’s previous high of $11.1 billion. The domestic box office, with 263 million moviegoers and the largest box office market globally, is more mature in comparison to many other markets around the world. Other important domestic findings include:

  • More than three-quarters of the population (263 million people) went to the cinema at least once last year.
  • The gender composition of this audience was even among men and women – 50-50.
  • More young people and diverse populations went to the movies in 2017. Audiences between the ages of 12 and 17 attended an average of 4.9 movies over the course of the year – more than any other age group, and closely followed by 18 to 24 year olds (4.7).
  • Per capita attendance was highest among Latino (4.5) and Asian (4.3) audiences.

In 2017, global home entertainment consumer spending increased by 11 percent to $47.8 billion, and in the United States, the home entertainment market increased five percent over 2016 to $20.5 billion. Other data points suggest there is no slowing down:

  • The number of subscriptions to online video services around the world increased to 446.8 million in 2017 – a 33 percent increase compared to 2016.
  • Online video content viewing in the United States increased in 2017, reaching 167.5 billion views and transactions – a 41 percent increase compared to 2016.
  • Americans now spend 49 percent of their media time on a digital platform.

The 2017 THEME Report was released Wednesday, April 4, at a joint press teleconference featuring MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin and NATO President and CEO John Fithian.

For the complete version of the report, please click here.

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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