August 4, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & STUDIO SCORECARD

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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STUDIO SCORECARD. The studio rankings for worldwide box office remain the same this week, with Sony, Universal and 20th Century Fox having the most productive weeks.  Sony benefited from the domestic and especially overseas revenue from The Smurfs 2, while Universal was helped by the release of 2 Guns and the continued overseas grosses for Despicable Me 2.  Even without a new film this week, Fox continues to reap the overseas production from The Wolverine and to some extent Turbo (from DreamWorks Animation).

The chart below has been reformatted and expanded to include a look at all releases from each studio, divided into three buckets: worldwide grosses of over $300 million, grosses between $100 million and $299 million, and films under $100 million worldwide.

Studio YTD Aug 4 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 virtually $6.3 billion, just a hair behind 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 a soft $226 million in wide-release North American box office, down 5% from the same week last year and down a smaller 2% 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 1-30
2012 $6.299 Jan 2-July 29
2013 $6.295 Jan 7-Aug 4
2010 $6.105 Jan 4-Aug 1
2009 $6.059 Jan 5-Aug 2
2011 $5.849 Jan 3-July 31

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now only 6% above the same six weeks in 2012 and also up 6% from the four-year average in the same time frame.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 25-30
2013 $1.785 June 24-Aug 4
2011 $1.715 June 20-July 31
2010 $1.694 June 21-Aug 1
2012 $1.691 June 18-July 29
2009 $1.644 June 22-Aug 2

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.