The resurgence of independent distribution in N America

April 07, 2014  | Subscribers Only

David Hancock David Hancock Director – Research and Analysis, Cinema & Home Entertainment, IHS Markit
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The US theatrical sector has undergone a profound shift in the past decade and a half, this period spanning the establishment of the studios’ speciality units, to their sell-offs and studio downsizing of slates, and to the resurgence of independent product and distributors that the sector has experienced over the past three years. In 2013, the largest independent distributor Lionsgate had a market share greater than two studios for the first time ever. This report highlights the rise of independent distributors in North American theatrical market, moving into spaces once occupied by the studios and their subsidiaries.


  • Six ‘super indies’ accounted for 20.7 per cent of North American box office in 2013
  • Lionsgate dominates the independent scene, with a market share of 9.8 per cent in 2013, on the back of Summit Entertainment acquisition and Hunger Games franchise
  • Only three speciality units of the studios remain, with a combined market share of 2.6 per cent in 2013, although they are strong at awards time

List of tables and charts:

  • Market share of N American theatrical
  • Number of first-run theatrical releases
  • Gross box office (in $m)
  • Average BO per release (in $m)
  • Analysis of box office gross by company
  • Market shares of the Super Six indies
  • Market share taken by studios and indies in N America
  • Rise of the Super Six indies

Number of pages:  7

Number of charts and tables: 8

David Hancock

Director – Research and Analysis, Cinema & Home Entertainment, IHS Markit

Mr. David Hancock is a director of Research and Analysis for Cinema & Home Entertainment at IHS Markit.

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