January 21, 2018

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 1.21.2018

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Here is an updated look at the 2017 film slates by studio, including early 2018 dollars for films released later in 2017.

We will start tracking the 2018 studio slates in a few weeks.

Studio YTD 2017 as of 2018 Jan 21

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2018 to date is now +10% above last year and +15% above the average for this point the past four years ($617 million).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed over $1.9 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s +21% above the comparable worldwide box office last year at this stage and +52% above 2016).

A reminder: we define the start of each year as the first Monday in January, 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.)  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) Weeks 1-3
North America Worldwide
2018 $0.707 $1.962 Jan 1-Jan 21
2017 $0.641 $1.622 Jan 2-Jan 22
2016 $0.604 $1.295 Jan 4-Jan 24
2015 $0.638 $1.614 Jan 5-Jan 25
2014 $0.584 $1.445 Jan 6-Jan 26


The past six weeks in North America are now up +8% from the same period last year and still up +10% from the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.615 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2018 $1.780 since Dec 11
2017 $1.641 since Dec 12
2016 $1.855 since Dec 14
2015 $1.500 since Dec 15
2014 $1.464 since Dec 16


WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Here is an updated look at the 2017 film rankings. The numbers in this section are only from films released wide this year (and not box office for films released late last year that carried into this year).

We will start tracking 2018 in releases in a few weeks.

International 2017 through 2018 Jan 21

International 2017 through 2018 Jan 21 part 2



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.