January 13, 2019

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 1.13.2019

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Here is an updated look at the 2018 film slates by studio. The studio totals also include 2019 dollars for films released in late 2018. We will continue to track the 2018 slates until mid-February, when we will switch to tracking the 2019 slates.

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2019 begins -21% below last year’s comparable span  and -23% below the average for this point the past four years ($0.210 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed under half a billion dollars worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s -47% below the comparable worldwide box office last year and -29% below 2017).

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
2019 $0.162 $0.443 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
2015 $0.164 $0.491 Jan 5-Jan 11


The past six weeks in North America are now -14% below the same period last year and now -10% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.489 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2019 $1.334 since Dec 3
2018 $1.549 since Dec 4
2017 $1.484 since Nov 28
2016 $1.697 since Nov 30
2015 $1.224 since Dec 1

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Here is an updated look at the 2018 film rankings for movies released in over 1,000 North American theaters in the 2018 calendar year. We will continue to track 2019 dollars for these films until mid-February, and then we will transition to the 2019 film rankings.



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.