December 16, 2018

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 12.16.2018

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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 2018 dollars for films released in late 2017.

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2018 to date is now +8% above last year and now +10% above the average for this point the past four years ($9.529 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed over $26.2 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s now -1% below the comparable worldwide box office last year at this stage and now +6% 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 1-50
North America Worldwide
2018 $10.468 $26.297 Jan 1-Dec 16
2017 $9.715 $26.465 Jan 2-Dec 17
2016 $9.769 $24.841 Jan 4-Dec 18
2015 $9.583 $25.051 Jan 5-Dec 20
2014 $9.049 $23.666 Jan 6-Dec 21


The past six weeks in North America are now -9% below the same period last year and now -1% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.174 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2018 $1.168 since Nov 5
2017 $1.288 since Nov 6
2016 $1.149 since Nov 7
2015 $1.196 since Nov 9
2014 $1.064 since Nov 10

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 since January 1.



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.