from the big-profit-means-even-bigger-losses dept.
The newest figures show that the industry remains healthy despite continued and over-simplistic rhetoric by the MPAA that the sky is falling for the movie business due to the effects of online piracy. In 2011 the MPAA released figures claiming $58bn in losses due to piracy. These figures were later discredited and appear to have been removed from the MPAA website.
The US/Canada box office for 2013 was $10.9 billion (up just 1 percent from 2012), this was led by blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Iron Man 3. The meteoric rise of the international marketplace has driven the industry's massive profitability, which now constitutes 70 percent of all revenue, up from 64 percent in 2009. This brings industry revenue up to $35.9bn for last year.