December 22, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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No changes in the studio rankings this week, but four studios had $100+ million weeks: Paramount (with the release of Anchorman 2), Disney (the release of Saving Mr. Banks and continued international strength of Frozen), Sony (the release of American Hustle) and Warner Brothers (continued overseas prowess of The Hobbit despite a reduction in the domestic projection for the film).  For a complete ranking of 2013 films individually by worldwide performance click here.

Studio YTD 2013 Dec 22

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 $9.7 billion, now 1% ahead of last year’s pace and 4% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($9.269 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 $187 million in wide-release North American box office, 22% ahead of the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($154 million) and 22% ahead of the same week last year ($153 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 1-50
2013 $9.663 Jan 7-Dec 22
2012 $9.599 Jan 2-Dec 16
2011 $8.928 Jan 3-Dec 18
2010 $9.219 Jan 4-Dec 19
2009 $9.328 Jan 5-Dec 20

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 1% above the same six weeks in 2012 and 12% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.110 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 46-50
2013 $1.245 Nov 11-Dec 22
2012 $1.231 Nov 5-Dec 16
2011 $0.992 Nov 7-Dec 18
2010 $1.039 Nov 8-Dec 19
2009 $1.177 Nov 9-Dec 20

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.