The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to an 82 percent drop in U.S. movie ticket sales in 2020 compared to 2019, as most theaters closed their doors and major studios released few films. The number of ticket sold had been trending downward for about 15 years, after peaking at nearly 1.6 billion in 2002.

Source: “Domestic Movie Theatrical Market Summary 1995 to 2021,” The Numbers, accessed Feb. 10, 2021, https://tinyurl.com/46p9xytp

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Number of Movie Tickets Sold
1995 1,221,687,403
1996 1,305,216,770
1997 1,385,218,935
1998 1,443,827,003
1999 1,444,664,086
2000 1,397,460,079
2001 1,465,880,389
2002 1,575,754,768
2003 1,524,299,815
2004 1,495,647,988
2005 1,372,980,280
2006 1,398,738,283
2007 1,420,036,680
2008 1,358,041,408
2009 1,418,567,388
2010 1,328,549,023
2011 1,282,891,759
2012 1,380,913,845
2013 1,339,168,926
2014 1,257,400,618
2015 1,323,267,005
2016 1,301,658,940
2017 1,225,639,761
2018 1,311,323,186
2019 1,228,763,382
2020 223,860,426

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