June 23, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Studio Scorecard

STUDIO SCORECARD. Disney solidified its grip on first place in worldwide box office (thanks to Monsters University), while Paramount jumped ahead of 20th Century Fox courtesy of World War Z.

Studio YTD June 23 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 $4.5 billion, now down only 2% from 2012 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 an amazingly strong $316 million in wide-release North American box office, up 62% from the same week last year and up 41% from the 2009-2012 average for the same week. Basically, the third week of June is acting more like a typical first week of July because three movies (Monsters University, World War Z and Man of Steel) are simultaneously hitting on all cylinders. (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 1-24
2012 $4.608 Jan 2-June 17
2013 $4.508 Jan 7-June 23
2009 $4.415 Jan 5-June 21
2010 $4.411 Jan 4-June 20
2011 $4.134 Jan 3-June 19

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 27% above the same six weeks in 2012 and up 23% from the four-year average in the same time frame.  With hits coming each weekend recently and a dearth of real bombs, this has been one of the most productive six-week periods in recent memory.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 19-24
2013 $1.584 May 13-June 23
2011 $1.341 May 9-June 19
2009 $1.322 May 11-June 21
2012 $1.249 May 7-June 17
2010 $1.221 May 10-June 20

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.