August 25, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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STUDIO SCORECARD. The worldwide studio rankings for 2013 to date remain the same as last week’s.  The anomalous weekly decline (down $8 million) for 20th Century Fox is a function of some downward revisions of some domestic final tallies.

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 25 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 $6.9 billion, ever so slightly ahead of 2012’s pace and now 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 soft $174 million in wide-release North American box office, down 11% from the same week last year and down 10% 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 1-33
2013 $6.906 Jan 7-Aug 25
2012 $6.878 Jan 2-Aug 19
2010 $6.705 Jan 4-Aug 22
2009 $6.659 Jan 5-Aug 23
2011 $6.525 Jan 3-Aug 21

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now only 1% above the same six weeks in 2012 and even with the four-year average in the same time frame.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 28-33
2011 $1.557 July 27-Aug 21
2013 $1.388 July 15-Aug 25
2012 $1.369 July 9-Aug 19
2010 $1.334 July 12-Aug 22
2009 $1.322 July 13-Aug 23

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.