November 10, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

With the release of Thor: The Dark World Disney has reclaimed second place in the worldwide box office race, pushing Universal to third and moving to within $100 million of Warner Brothers.  Still a lot of overseas upside for the second installment of Thor so Disney should be back at #1 in the next week or two.

Studio YTD 2013 Nov 10


TOTAL NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE. Looking at wide-release films in North America (those that play on at least 400 screens at some point), 2013 totals over $8.4 billion, now 1% ahead of last year’s pace and 3% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($8.159 billion). Each year-to-date period below is defined as the first Monday after New Year’s Day through the most recent Sunday. The past week generated a strong $197 million in wide-release North American box office, 28% above the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($154 million) and 21% above the same week last year ($163 million). (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.)

North American Box Office YEAR TO DATE
(billions) Weeks 1-44
2013 $8.419 Jan 7-Nov 10
2012 $8.368 Jan 2-Nov 4
2011 $7.936 Jan 3-Nov 6
2010 $8.180 Jan 4-Nov 7
2009 $8.151 Jan 5-Nov 8

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now only 1% below the same six weeks in 2012 and 8% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($0.832 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 39-44
2013 $0.896 Sep 30-Nov 10
2012 $0.906 Sep 24-Nov 4
2011 $0.758 Sep 26-Nov 6
2010 $0.829 Sep 27-Nov 7
2009 $0.833 Sep 28-Nov 8

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.