Motion picture exhibition industry
According to the Census of Motion Picture Exhibition Industry, there were 79.4 million paid admissions to cinemas in 1999-2000 which generated gross box office receipts of $678.9m (or 65% of the total income of motion picture exhibitors). Sales of food and beverages contributed a further 17% to business income, while their major expenses were Film hire and Wages and salaries (29% and 14% of total expenses respectively).
In 1999-2000, video hire outlets earned about three-quarters (76%) of their income through rental of videos and DVDs. Wages and salaries accounted for about one-fifth (21%) of total expenses, with the other main expense items being purchases of videos and related goods (18%) and rent, leasing and hiring expenses (17%).