LOS ANGELES, March 22 Worldwide movie ticket
sales increased by 1 percent to a record $38.6 billion in 2016
as theaters in the United States and Canada rung up higher sales
and overseas returns were flat, according to industry statistics
released on Wednesday.
Movie theaters have been competing with an explosion of
digital entertainment options such Netflix Inc's
streaming service, Alphabet Inc's YouTube, and mobile
apps and video games.
In 2016, films including Walt Disney Co's "Finding
Dory" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" helped lift box office
revenue at U.S. and Canadian theaters by 2 percent to $11.4
billion, the Motion Picture Association of America said.
In international markets, ticket sales finished the year
nearly unchanged from 2015 at $27.2 billion. After years of
booming growth in China, box office revenue in that country
dropped 1 percent in U.S. dollars.
China is the world's second-largest film market behind the
United States and Canada. In the United States, the average
movie ticket price increased by 3 percent in 2016 to $8.65.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Sandra Maler)