November 17, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Thor: The Dark World has pushed Disney back into first place in the worldwide box office race, pushing Warner Brothers back into second place and Universal into third.

Studio YTD 2013 Nov 17

For a complete ranking of 2013 films by worldwide performance click here.

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 almost $8.6 billion, virtually even with last year’s pace and 3% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($8.333 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 an okay $171 million in wide-release North American box office, 2% below the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($174 million) and 18% below the same week last year ($207 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 1-45
2013 $8.589 Jan 7-Nov 17
2012 $8.574 Jan 2-Nov 11
2011 $8.096 Jan 3-Nov 13
2010 $8.340 Jan 4-Nov 14
2009 $8.321 Jan 5-Nov 15

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 5% below the same six weeks in 2012 and 5% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($0.881 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 40-45
2013 $0.928 Oct 7-Nov 17
2012 $0.977 Oct 1-Nov 11
2011 $0.792 Oct 3-Nov 13
2010 $0.876 Oct 4-Nov 14
2009 $0.881 Oct 5-Nov 15

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.