ROAR Meter

The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.

  • Percentage of the 100 top-grossing 2016 films which featured a female lead: 29
  • Percentage of the 100 top-grossing 2015 films which featured a female lead: 22
  • Percentage of the 100 top-grossing 2014 films which featured a female lead: 12
  • Of the 100 top-grossing films of 2015, average gross: 90,660,000
    • Average gross of those films with a male lead: $75,738,095
    • Average gross of those films with a female lead: $89,941,176
      • Percentage higher than those films with a male lead: 15.8
    • Average gross of those films with both male and female leads: 108,317,073
  • Average screentime for male characters: 28.5% (34.5% in male-led films)
  • Average screentime for female characters: 16% (12.9% in male-led films)
  • Percentage of characters in the top 100 top-grossing films of 2016 who are:
    • White: 77 (male)/76 (female)
    • Black: 14
    • Asian: 6 (female)/4 (male)
    • Latinx: 3
  • Population breakdown of the USA (as of 2015 census):
    • White (including Hispanic): 77
      • White (not including Hispanic): 61.6
    • Black: 13.3
    • Asian: 5.6
    • Latinx: 17.6
  • Percentage of characters in 100 top-grossing 2016 films who are male and over 40: 52
    • Percentage of Americans who are male and over 40 (as of 2010 census): ~40

*all data refers to non-animated films, and domestic American box office.

Sources

Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.

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