June 16, 2013

Box Office Year to Date & Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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STUDIO SCORECARD. Warner Brothers has jumped into second place in worldwide box office for the year to date, thanks to the opening of Man of Steel and to some extent continued overseas business for Great Gatsby and Hangover 3.  With the projected domestic total for Man of Steel, Warners is now the #1 studio domestically by a mile.  The relative underperformance internationally keeps the studio just ahead of #3 Universal on a worldwide basis.

Studio YTD June 16 2013

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 now totals just under $4.2 billion, still down 5% from 2012 but now equal to 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 a terrific $273 million in wide-release North American box office, up 30% from the same week last year and up 33% from the 2009-2012 average for the same week. (The most recent week’s numbers are based on weekend estimates, which are usually at worst a couple of percentage points of the final weekend tallies.)

North American Box Office YEAR TO DATE
(billions) Weeks 1-23
2012 $4.413 Jan 2-June 10
2009 $4.178 Jan 5-June 14
2013 $4.185 Jan 7-June 16
2009 $4.178 Jan 4-June 13
2011 $3.928 Jan 3-June 12

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 10% above the same six weeks in 2012 and up 15% from the four-year average in the same time frame.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 18-23
2013 $1.467 May 6-June 16
2011 $1.340 May 2-June 12
2012 $1.337 Apr 23-June 10
2009 $1.269 May 4-June 14
2010 $1.159 May 3-June 13

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.