Motion Picture Production & Distribution Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 5/8/2017
SIC Codes: 7812, 7822
NAICS Codes: 51211, 51212
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Companies in this industry produce and distribute motion pictures. Major companies include the big US-based studios Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal, and Warner Bros. Outside the US, major companies include Toho of Japan and Village Roadshow of Australia, as well as the movie production operations of China's Wanda Group.

The Asia/Pacific region accounts the greatest share of global movie box office revenue, at 37%, followed by the US and Canada, at about 30%, and the Europe/Middle East/Africa region at 25%, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Latin America accounts for the remainder. Growth is driven primarily by demand from the Asia/Pacific region; China's box office revenue increased nearly 50% in 2015.

The US motion picture production and distribution industry includes about 14,500 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $65 billion.

The top motion picture studios are generally part of larger media companies. Most companies in the industry engage in both production and distribution of motion pictures; about 380 establishments are solely distributors. Production and distribution of television programs is included in the industry but discussed in a separate profile.


Consumer spending drives demand. The profitability of individual companies depends on creativity, marketing, and distribution. Large companies often have the advantages of attracting key actors and directors, a permanent staff of technical employees, and wide distribution networks. Small companies ...

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