April 29, 2013

Box Office Year to Date: 2013 Remains Quiet

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Looking at wide-release films in North America (those that play on at least 400 screens at some point), 2013 now totals just under $2.5 billion, down 16% from 2012 and down 9% from the prior four-year average 2009-2012.  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 only $111 million in wide-release North American box office, well behind the same week last year ($156 million) and below the recent average for this week ($139 million).

North American Box Office YEAR TO DATE
billions Weeks 1-16
2012 $2.935 Jan 2-Apr 22
2010 $2.873 Jan 4-Apr 25
2009 $2.729 Jan 5-Apr 26
2013 $2.477 Jan 7-Apr 28
2011 $2.397 Jan 3-Apr 24

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is still acting like a “normal” year (just 3% behind the 2009-2012 average for the comparable period).  However, the past six weeks of 2013 is a more significant 11% behind 2012.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
millions Weeks 10-15
2012 $1,069 Mar 12-Apr 22
2010 $988 Mar 15-Apr 25
2013 $949 Mar 18-Apr 28
2009 $938 Mar 16-Apr 26
2011 $915 Mar 14-Apr 24


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.