January 12, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Warner Brothers remains a mere $61 million ahead of second-place Disney, looking at worldwide grosses for films released in 2013.  Each of the top two studios reaped about $50 million this past week, mostly from overseas activity for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (Warner Brothers) and Frozen (Disney).  For a complete ranking of 2013 films individually by worldwide performance click here.

We will begin tracking 2014 in a few weeks.

Studio YTD 2013 as of 2014 Jan 12 v2

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Starting this year, we will be tracking worldwide box office to date (for Hollywood films) in addition to North American box office for those films (those that play at least 400 North American theaters at some point).  A reminder: we define the start of each year as the first Monday after New Year’s Day, and our year ends on the Sunday after New Year’s Day the following calendar year.  2014 is off to a normal start, just under $200 million the first week, in line with recent years (see table below).  When we add in overseas grosses for Hollywood films, the worldwide box office volume this first week of 2014 already approaches $500 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.)

(billions) Week 1
North America Worldwide
2014 $0.194 $0.486 Jan 6-Jan 12
2013 $0.185 n/a Jan 7-Jan 13
2012 $0.224 n/a Jan 2-Jan 8
2011 $0.161 n/a Jan 3-Jan 9
2010 $0.217 n/a Jan 4-Jan 10

The past six weeks in North America are running 8% ahead of the same six weeks last year and 13% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.217 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Week 48-Week 1
2014 $1.373 Dec 2-Jan 12
2013 $1.272 Dec 3-Jan 13
2012 $1.121 Nov 28-Jan 8
2011 $1.134 Nov 29-Jan 9
2010 $1.341 Nov 30-Jan 10

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.