Charted: Action-adventure movies remain supreme
Action and adventure movies have squeezed just about every other genre out of the box office.
By the numbers: Looking at the 100 highest-grossing movies of each year, action movies accounted for less than half of the box office in the 1990s. Now they account for 78% of those ticket sales, according to data from Box Office Mojo.
Between the lines: The rise of superhero franchises consolidated the world of blockbusters.
- "Iron Man" was released in 2008 and kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Along with their DC Extended Universe counterparts, these films have become staples of the genre.
- Many movies span multiple genres, and not every action-adventure movie looks like "The Avengers." For example, animated movies geared toward children, such as "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo," are often categorized as action/adventure films, family films and comedies.
There are always exceptions, however, that challenge the action-adventure genre's dominance. This year, adventure comedy "Barbie" made history by bringing in a record-breaking $162 million in its opening weekend, according to numbers from Comscore.
- Other summer box office hits include the animated adventure "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" and the biographical thriller "Oppenheimer."