January 11, 2015

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 1.11.2015

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  The 2014 Scorecard, updated with additional overseas grosses, has been updated below.  The 2015 Scorecard will be introduced toward the end of January.

Studio YTD 2014 as of 2015 Jan 11

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2015 (one full week young) is -14% behind last year and -13% below the average for this point the past four years ($0.191 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed just under $0.492 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s +1% ahead of the comparable worldwide box office last year at this early stage).

A reminder: we define the start of each year as the first Monday after New Year’s Day, and our year ends on the Sunday after New Year’s Day the following calendar year.  (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.)

(billions) Week 1
North America Worldwide
2015 $0.166 $0.492 Jan 5-Jan 11
2014 $0.193 $0.485 Jan 6-Jan 12
2013 $0.185 n/a Jan 7-Jan 13
2012 $0.224 n/a Jan 2-Jan 8
2011 $0.161 n/a Jan 3-Jan 9

The past six weeks in North America are now down -11% from the same period last year (better than the -13% pace last week and the -18% two weeks ago) and now even with above the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.225 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2015 $1.226 since Dec 1
2014 $1.371 since Dec 2
2013 $1.272 since Dec 3
2012 $1.121 since Nov 28
2011 $1.134 since Nov 29

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  The Hobbit:The Battle of the Five Armies pushed past Guardians of the Galaxy to take the #2 spot for 2014 films.  We will start tracking the 2015 films toward the end of January.

International 2014 through 2015 Jan 11 v2

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.