December 15, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Warner Brothers is back on top of Disney, thanks to the second Hobbit film.  For a complete ranking of 2013 films individually by worldwide performance click here.

Studio YTD 2013 Dec 15

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 $9.5 billion, virtually even with last year’s pace and 4% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($9.115 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 very good $168 million in wide-release North American box office, 61% ahead of the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($104 million) and 66% ahead of the same week last year ($101 million), which is a little misleading since this year there is one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas. (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 1-49
2013 $9.474 Jan 7-Dec 15
2012 $9.446 Jan 2-Dec 9
2011 $8.791 Jan 3-Dec 11
2010 $9.054 Jan 4-Dec 12
2009 $9.168 Jan 5-Dec 13

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 1% above the same six weeks in 2012 and 13% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.110 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 44-49
2013 $1.252 Nov 4-Dec 15
2012 $1.241 Oct 29-Dec 9
2011 $0.993 Oct 31-Dec 11
2010 $1.046 Nov 1-Dec 12
2009 $1.160 Nov 2-Dec 13

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.