December 1, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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The see-saw continues in the 2013 studio rankings.  Disney moved back into first (thanks to the domestic release of Frozen with overseas still to come) and Warner Brothers moved back into second place. Meanwhile continued strength from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (a big increase in overseas grosses and an upgrade in the domestic forecast total) pushed Lionsgate/Summit to over $2 billion for the year and ahead of pseudo-studio Paramount.  Finally, Philomena pushed The Weinstein Company back ahead of FilmDistrict, which got no help from Oldboy.  For a complete ranking of 2013 films individually by worldwide performance click here.

Studio YTD 2013 Dec 01

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 $9.2 billion, virtually even with last year’s pace and 3% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($8.889 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 $334 million in wide-release North American box office, 14% above the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($293 million) and 3% above the same week last year ($325 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 1-47
2013 $9.178 Jan 7-Dec 1
2012 $9.199 Jan 2-Nov 25
2011 $8.598 Jan 3-Nov 27
2010 $8.838 Jan 4-Nov 28
2009 $8.921 Jan 5-Nov 29

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 3% below the same six weeks in 2012 and 7% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.156 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 42-47
2013 $1.232 Oct 21-Dec 1
2012 $1.272 Oct 15-Nov 25
2011 $1.062 Oct 17-Nov 27
2010 $1.109 Oct 18-Nov 28
2009 $1.181 Oct 19-Nov 29

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.