December 29, 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, the top two studios had enormous weeks (each around $250 million) from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (Warner Brothers) and Frozen (Disney), with each film experiencing a significantly upgraded domestic total forecast and very big grosses overseas.  For a complete ranking of 2013 films individually by worldwide performance click here.

Studio YTD 2013 Dec 29

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 over $10 billion, now 1% behind last year’s pace but 5% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($9.590 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 $382 million in wide-release North American box office, 35% above the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($283 million) but 3.5% below the same week last year ($396 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 1-51
2013 $10.055 Jan 7-Dec 29
2012 $10.150 Jan 2-Dec 30
2011 $9.139 Jan 3-Dec 25
2010 $9.469 Jan 4-Dec 26
2009 $9.603 Jan 5-Dec 27

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 24% above the same six weeks in 2012 and 27% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.159 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 47-51
2013 $1.467 Nov 18-Dec 29
2012 $1.276 Nov 19-Dec 30
2011 $1.044 Nov 14-Dec 25
2010 $1.129 Nov 15-Dec 26
2009 $1.282 Nov 16-Dec 27

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.