July 7, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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STUDIO SCORECARD. With the strong domestic and international opening of Despicable Me 2, Universal had a very good week (up $311 million from last week and almost catching Warner Brothers in terms of worldwide box office for the year).  Warner Brothers, thanks to Man of Steel, still brought in $157 million this week.  Next week the studio will suffer some bad publicity from Pacific Rim (which should disappoint in the same way The Lone Ranger is doing for Disney) on top of the growing bad publicity within the Hollywood community over its over-the-top claim to the title “The Butler.”  Making Harvey Weinstein look sympathetic…now that’s cinema magic.

Studio YTD July 7 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 $5.2 billion, now 2% ahead of 2012 (after trailing last year badly for most of this year) and 4% 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 an incredible $410 million in wide-release North American box office, up 35% from the same week last year and up 25% 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 1-26
2013 $5.218 Jan 7-July 7
2012 $5.129 Jan 2-July 1
2009 $5.098 Jan 5-July 5
2010 $5.049 Jan 4-July 4
2011 $4.704 Jan 3-July 3

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 32% above the same six weeks in 2012 and up 19% from the four-year average in the same time frame.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 21-26
2013 $1.779 May 27-July 7
2009 $1.602 May 25-July 5
2011 $1.530 May 23-July 3
2010 $1.498 May 24-July 4
2012 $1.343 May 21-July 1

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.