University of Calgary

The market for motion pictures in Thailand: Rank, revenue, and survival at the box office


We examine the theatrical market for moti on pictures in Thailand using a sample of films exhibited in 2004–2008. Using data on weekly and cumulative film revenues, we find strong evidence of increasing returns to info rmation as indicated by substantial concave departures from the Pareto size distribution. The distribution of cumulative revenues across films is consistent with the winner-take-all nature of an elimination tournament. In contrast to other markets dominated by Hollywood imports, se veral of the top-earning films in Thailand are domestically produced
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