Genres with a high potential return on investment are appealing to investors and therefore important to identify as a producer.
Aside from genre, this study also identified two other key factors in potentially high ROI. They weren't that surprising, but they're important to stress. These two factors are Source Material and Name Talent Attached.
As mentioned in the main article on The Genre Factor, the four genres that do best without name talent or well-known source material are: Horror, Comedy, Thriller, and Faith-Based.
All of these are still dependent on execution, but less likely to fail compared to genres like romance, science fiction, action, and drama.
Established audiences exist for name talent (stars), well-known source material, and some genres. Certain genres will stand out if we take the "starpower" element out of the equation.
The data used was from the-numbers.com and IMDBPro. Most of these numbers are rough and sometimes estimates, but it will work for the relative nature of this test.
Each theatrical film from 2016 was added to a spreadsheet and a few types of films were removed. Animated films, those produced solely for foreign audiences, films without available budgets online, sequels, and mass-culture spinoffs were all cut from the list. These films weren't useful for testing the type of information needed.
Information for each film included Studio, Director (with IMDBPro Starmeter ranking), Two Highest Ranked Actors (on IMDBPro's Starmeter), Genre, Budget, Box Office Earnings, Largest Theater Weekend, and Home Video Earnings.