January 5, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Warner Brothers and Disney remain in a tight battle for the worldwide crown for 2013.  We will keep updating this over the next few weeks and declare a winner after the overseas grosses are fully counted.  The most significant films still grossing overseas are The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (for Warner Brothers) and Frozen (for Disney).  For a complete ranking of 2013 films individually by worldwide performance click here.

Studio YTD 2013 as of 2014 Jan 5

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 $10.3 billion, less than 1% behind last year’s pace but 4% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($9.946 billion). Each year below is defined as the first Monday after New Year’s Day through the Sunday after New Year’s Day the following year. The past week generated $302 million in wide-release North American box office, 15% below the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($355 million) but 7% above the same week last year ($281 million between 12.31.2012 and 1.6.2013). (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 1-52
2013 $10.359 Jan 7-Jan 5
2012 $10.432 Jan 2-Jan 6
2011 $9.495 Jan 3-Jan 1
2010 $9.812 Jan 4-Jan 2
2009 $10.045 Jan 5-Jan 3

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is 23% above the same six weeks in 2012 and 19% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.269 billion), a very strong finish for 2013.

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 47-52
2013 $1.515 Nov 25-Jan 5
2012 $1.233 Nov 26-Jan 6
2011 $1.157 Nov 21-Jan 1
2010 $1.256 Nov 22-Jan 2
2009 $1.429 Nov 23-Jan 3

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.