January 12, 2020

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 1.12.2020

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Here is an updated look at the 2019 film slates by studios (films entering wide release in the 2019 calendar year), including worldwide box office for those films during 2020. We will begin the track of the 2020 slate soon.

BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2020 begins +7% above last year’s comparable one-week span but -16% below this point averaged over the past four years ($0.210 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed almost $0.500 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office for those films. That’s +3% above the comparable worldwide box office last year but -24% below this point averaged over the past four years ($0.601 billion).

A reminder: we define the start of each year as the first Monday in January (except if that is New Year’s Day), and our year ends on the Sunday after New Year’s Day the following calendar year. The numbers in this chart contain box office grosses from each year’s films as well as grosses from prior year films that carried over into that year.

(billions) Week 1
North America Worldwide
2020 $0.175 $0.459 Jan 6-Jan 12
2019 $0.164 $0.445 Jan 7-Jan 13
2018 $0.206 $0.832 Jan 8-Jan 14
2017 $0.250 $0.626 Jan 2-Jan 8
2016 $0.219 $0.500 Jan 4-Jan 10


The past six weeks in North America are now +9% below the same period last year (11 points worse than last week’s comparison) and now -6% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.553 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2020 $1.459 since Dec 2
2019 $1.336 since Dec 3
2018 $1.693 since Dec 4
2017 $1.484 since Nov 28
2016 $1.697 since Nov 30

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Here is an updated look at the 2019 film rankings for movies released in over 1,000 North American theaters in the 2019 calendar year. We will begin the 2020 rankings soon.



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.