The average cost of a movie ticket in the United States as of summer 2015 is $8.61. Ticket prices are up by approximately 3.4 percent from the previous year.
Multiple factors have contributed to the rise in movie ticket prices. Movie theaters are upgrading their seating to provide reclining and stadium seating, often with oversized plush seats. Many theaters have invested in the larger IMAX screens, which increases the price of movie tickets. There are also many movies coming out in 3D, which is another contributing factor for the higher costs in movie tickets. Prices vary based on the time of the day.