Global Cinema Stats For 2013

    March 25, 2014-Major studio trade group the MPAA posted a 31-page outline of global film statistics for 2013, which shows U.S./Canada box office rose 1% to $10.9 billion in 2013 while ticket sales slipped to 1.34 billion, from 1.36 billion the prior year. Revenue rose despite lower headcount because the average price of a ticket rose 2% to $8.13 in 2013, from $7.93 the year before.
   U.S. Canadian ticket sales continue to be driven by frequent moviegoers who, by definition, attend movies once a month or more, noted Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the MPAA-Motion Picture Assn. of America.  In 2013, frequent
moviegoers represented 11% of the population but 50% of all movie tickets sales, Dodd told the Cinema-Con theater convention in Las Vegas.
   Globally (the U.S., Canada and rest of the world combined), box office rose 4% in 2013 to $35.9 billion, led by China that logged a 27%, per this impressive data dump. China is now second only to the U.S./Canada weighing in with $3.6 billion in 2013 box office.
   Since the U.S./Canada grew box office only 1%, it is a laggard, though that is expected from a mature territory. The big growth came from emerging cinema countries. Since all box office is translated into U.S. dollars, stats are skewed by year-to-year currency fluctuations.
   LATE ADD March26-Variety notes youth audience declined in 2013, as new media competiton siphons, while Hollywood Reporter observed blacks increased for the first time since 2009 probably due to black-themed films.
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