January 8, 2017

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 1.8.2017

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Updated look at 2016 films by studio.  We will begin tracking the 2017 slate in a few weeks.


YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2017 to date is +12% above last year and still +29% above the average for this point the past four years ($0.190 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed $0.622 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s +24% above the comparable worldwide box office last year at this stage and +27% ahead of 2015). Of course, take these early 2017 numbers with a grain of salt until we have more weeks in the averages.

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
2017 $0.245 $0.622 Jan 2-Jan 8
2016 $0.219 $0.500 Jan 4-Jan 10
2015 $0.164 $0.491 Jan 5-Jan 11
2014 $0.193 $0.485 Jan 6-Jan 12
2013 $0.185 n/a Jan 7-Dec 13

The past six weeks in North America are now down -13% from the same period last year but now up +6% from the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.391 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2017 $1.480 since Nov 28
2016 $1.697 since Nov 30
2015 $1.224 since Dec 1
2014 $1.371 since Dec 2
2013 $1.272 since Dec 3


WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Here are the updated 2016 film rankings.  We will begin tracking films released wide in 2017 in a few weeks.



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.