The App Store makes more money than Hollywood


App Store is now the world's top entertainer. Photo: Buster Hein
App Store is now the world's top entertainer. Photo: Buster Hein
  • neo92631043

    This is an apples and oranges comparison. You’re comparing *worldwide* app sales to *US* cinema revenues. What’s worse is that this isn’t even your comparison – it is this Horace Dediu’s flawed comparison that you are propagating. Your article would benefit significantly from a little critical thinking, pointing out the flaw in Horace’s comparison and laying out a more reasonable comparison.

    • Guest

      Well you know when they say “hollywood” its the profit that the studios make not only on U.S. but WORLDWIDE. You know that, right?

      • neo92631043

        Read the article. It is comparing ONLY domestic ticket sales. “In 2014, iOS app developers earned more than Hollywood did from U.S. box office revenues”

  • aardman

    I have the perfect solution for Hollywood. Package and sell movies as apps! Free viewing for the first few minutes and in-app payment to see the rest.

  • LukeB33

    Yeah, you’re comparing the US theatrical box office to worldwide app sales. The worldwide box office is around $35 billion. Plus there’s also TV… And ESPN alone generates $11 billion a year in revenue.

  • Tim LeVier

    Same problem with PED over at Apple 2.0 and it’s not really even an issue with the article as much as an issue with the headline. If your headline has a lie or a misstatement of fact, then you need a new editor. Just say in your headline “App Store Makes More Money than the US Box Office”.