August 11, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf

STUDIO SCORECARD. Warner Brothers has moved past Universal to take the #2 spot on the worldwide box office chart for 2013.  The opening of We’re the Millers and continued overseas strength from Pacific Rim and to a lesser extent The Conjuring powered Warner Brothers to the best week of the studios.

Reminder: 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 11 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 over $6.5 billion, once again ahead of 2012’s pace (by a mere 1%) 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 solid $232 million in wide-release North American box office, up 25% from the same week last year and up a smaller but still sizable 11% 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 1-31
2013 $6.525 Jan 7-Aug 11
2012 $6.485 Jan 2-Aug 5
2010 $6.307 Jan 4-Aug 8
2009 $6.255 Jan 5-Aug 9
2011 $6.099 Jan 3-Aug 7

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now only 3% above the same six weeks in 2012 and up 6% from the four-year average in the same time frame.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 26-31
2011 $1.726 June 27-Aug 7
2013 $1.717 July 1-Aug 11
2012 $1.660 June 25-Aug 5
2010 $1.625 June 28-Aug 8
2009 $1.471 June 29-Aug 9

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.