November 24, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Warner Brothers moved back into first place, pushing Disney back into second place in their recent tug of war.  Gravity enjoyed a nice week of overseas grosses, the bulk of the Warner Brothers gain this week.  Thor: The Dark World also generated some more overseas dollars, but not enough to allow Disney to keep pace.  Of course, the big gainer this week is Lionsgate/Summit with the release of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, putting Lionsgate/Summit on course to pass Paramount, which is a major studio in name only.

Studio YTD 2013 Nov 24

For a complete ranking of 2013 films by worldwide performance click here.

TOTAL NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE. Looking at wide-release films in North America (those that play on at least 400 screens at some point), 2013 totals over $8.8 billion, virtually even with last year’s pace and 3% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($8.596 billion). Each year-to-date period below is defined as the first Monday after New Year’s Day through the most recent Sunday. The past week generated $253 million in wide-release North American box office, 4% below the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($263 million) and 16% below the same week last year ($300 million). (The most recent week’s numbers are based on weekend estimates, which are usually at worst a couple of percentage points off from the final weekend tallies.)

North American Box Office YEAR TO DATE
(billions) Weeks 1-46
2013 $8.841 Jan 7-Nov 24
2012 $8.874 Jan 2-Nov 18
2011 $8.338 Jan 3-Nov 20
2010 $8.555 Jan 4-Nov 21
2009 $8.616 Jan 5-Nov 22

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 7% below the same six weeks in 2012 and 1% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.017 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 41-46
2013 $1.031 Oct 14-Nov 24
2012 $1.114 Oct 8-Nov 18
2011 $0.918 Oct 10-Nov 20
2010 $0.981 Oct 11-Nov 21
2009 $1.054 Oct 12-Nov 22

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.