July 28, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf

STUDIO SCORECARD. 20th Century Fox vaulted ahead of Paramount into fourth place in worldwide box office for 2013 to date, mostly because of The Wolverine.  Universal and Warner Brothers remain a very close #2 and #3, respectively, with both studios grossing well over $100 million this past week (primarily from overseas grosses for Universal’s Despicable Me 2 and Warner Brothers’ Pacific Rim).

Studio YTD July 28 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 almost $6.1 billion, exactly matching 2012’s pace and still 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 okay $264 million in wide-release North American box office, down 13% from the same week last year but basically even (-1%) with 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 1-29
2013 $6.067 Jan 7-July 28
2012 $6.067 Jan 2-July 22
2010 $5.887 Jan 4-July 25
2009 $5.865 Jan 5-July 26
2011 $5.588 Jan 3-July 24

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 13% above the same six weeks in 2012 and up 11% from the four-year average in the same time frame.  Keep in mind the box office is starting to cool off, however, as the six-week average for 2013 was well over +20% above the other years as recently as a few weeks ago.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 24-29
2013 $1.875 June 17-July 28
2010 $1.734 June 14-July 25
2009 $1.686 June 15-July 26
2011 $1.660 June 13-July 24
2012 $1.654 June 11-July 22

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.