June 30, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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STUDIO SCORECARD. No change in the year-to-date studio rankings this week, the midpoint of the year. 20th Century Fox was up $133 million from last week mainly thanks to the domestic release of The Heat. Warner Brothers had a similar $129 million weekly gain, mostly because of international gains by Man of Steel.  Disney and Paramount were a notch below, with each studio increasing a little over $100 million this past week due to overseas growth for Monsters University and World War Z, respectively.  Paramount is in a virtual tie with Universal currently, although Universal will distance itself comfortably from Paramount and begin to challenge Warner Brothers this week when Despicable Me 2 opens.

Studio YTD June 30 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 over $4.8 billion, now only 0.3% below 2012 and 3% above 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 very strong $299 million in wide-release North American box office, up 38% from the same week last year and up 9% 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 off from the final weekend tallies.)

North American Box Office YEAR TO DATE
(billions) Weeks 1-25
2012 $4.825 Jan 2-June 24
2013 $4.809 Jan 7-June 30
2009 $4.784 Jan 5-June 28
2010 $4.682 Jan 4-June 27
2011 $4.373 Jan 3-June 26

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 37% above the same six weeks in 2012 and up 23% from the four-year average in the same time frame.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 20-25
2013 $1.684 May 20-June 30
2009 $1.513 May 18-June 28
2011 $1.401 May 16-June 26
2010 $1.315 May 17-June 27
2012 $1.227 May 14-June 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.