December 29, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Posting this update later than usual for the record.

The Past Week: Total Box Office Volume

All films in wide release playing between December 17 and December 23 grossed a dreadful $155 million, down 41% from the four-year average for the week and down 27% from week #51 last year.  To be fair, December 25 was included in week 51 last year (inflating the total).  However, the rest of the week was well below the comparable days. 

The past six weeks are now only 4% above the four-year average and now 13% above the same six-week period last year.  

Year to date box office (now $9.7 billion for wide-release films) is now 5.3% above the average for the same period the last four years and 6.6% ahead of the same period last year.   When week 52 is factored in this Monday, 2012 will probably finish 6.0% ahead of 2011 and 4.7% ahead of the four-year average. 

Domestic Box Office Volume: All Wide-Release Films through December 23, 2012 ($ millions)  2012 vs 2011  2012 vs 4yr Avg
2011 4-year Average 2012
Week #51 $211 $262 $155 -27% -41%
Past Six Weeks $1,044 $1,134 $1,179 +13% +4%
Year to Date $9,139 $9,252 $9,744 +6.6% +5.3%

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.