October 12, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 10.12.2014

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Fox rolls on, running away with 2014 worldwide with another $144 million this week (mostly from continued strong overseas grosses from Maze Runner and Gone Girl).  Fox is a huge #1 with almost $4.2 billion for the year to date worldwide.  The next best week came from lowly Universal ($134 million worldwide the past week), although the almost-major studio remains mired in 6th place with just under $1.8 billion for the year.  Most of Universal’s returns this week came from Dracula Untold, with still more overseas revenue from that film to come.  Disney and Warner Brothers each added around $100 million this week.  Disney got a lift from the domestic release of Alexander and the Terrible…Day and even more overseas revenue from the gift that keeps on giving: the wonderful Guardians of the Galaxy.  Warner Brothers was supported to some extant by the tepid domestic opening of The Judge but mostly from very nice overseas returns from Annabelle.

Scroll down for domestic and overseas grosses for each film individually so far in 2014.

Studio YTD 2014 as of 2014 Oct 12

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2014 is still running -6% behind last year and -4% below the average for this point the past four years ($7.641 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed over $19.3 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office.

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) Weeks 1-40
North America Worldwide
2014 $7.365 $19.347 Jan 6-Oct 12
2013 $7.810 n/a Jan 7-Oct 13
2012 $7.760 n/a Jan 2-Oct 7
2011 $7.420 n/a Jan 3-Oct 9
2010 $7.574 n/a Jan 4-Oct 10

The past six weeks in North America are now +5% ahead of the same period last year (a complete reversal from the -2% last week and the -8% pace two weeks ago) and now +6% ahead of the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($0.738 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2014 $0.782 since Aug 30
2013 $0.747 since Aug 31
2012 $0.736 since Aug 25
2011 $0.756 since Aug 27
2010 $0.712 since Aug 28

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Dracula Untold enters the 2014 worldwide chart at #41 (with even more overseas upside to come) and Alexander and Terrible…Day starts at #54 (with limited overseas prospects).

International 2014 through 2014 Oct 12

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.