Film industry

A film crew in the mid 20th century

The film industry or motion picture industry comprises the technological and commercial institutions of filmmaking, i.e., film production companies, film studios, cinematography, animation, film production, screenwriting, pre-production, post production, film festivals, distribution, and actors. Though the expense involved in making films almost immediately led film production to concentrate under the auspices of standing production companies, advances in affordable filmmaking equipment, as well as an expansion of opportunities to acquire investment capital from outside the film industry itself, have allowed independent film production to evolve.

In 2019, the global box office was worth $42.2 billion.[1] When including box office and home entertainment revenue, the global film industry was worth $136 billion in 2018.[2] Hollywood is the world's oldest [de facto] national film industry. However, in 2020, China became the largest box office territory, overtaking North America in gross total. The transition, long anticipated by analysts, was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] Indian cinema is the largest national film industry in terms of the number of films produced, with 2,446 feature films produced annually as of 2019.[4]As of 2019, Chinese cinema has the highest annual ticket sales with 1,650 million tickets sold.[5]

  1. ^ "MPA: 2019 Global Box Office and Home Entertainment". Motion Picture Association. 2020.
  2. ^ "Global Movie Production & Distribution Industry: Industry Market Research Report". IBISWorld. August 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (18 October 2020). "It's Official: China Overtakes North America as World's Biggest Box Office in 2020". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  4. ^ "UIS Statistics". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. UNESCO. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  5. ^ Leading film markets worldwide by number of tickets sold 2019

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