February 28, 2016

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 2.28.2016

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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Updated look at 2016 by studio, with Fox continuing to lap the field and even show it’s human with Eddie the Eagle its first movie of the year in the weak box office category.  We have amended the summary categories somewhat this year with the top category now reserved for films over $500 million worldwide and the lower category for films under $150 million worldwide.


Studio YTD 2016 as of 2016 Feb 28

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2016 to date is now +2% above last year and now +8% above the average for this point the past four years ($1.390 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed almost $3.6 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s now -10% behind the comparable worldwide box office last year at this stage but still ahead of 2014 by +6%).

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.  (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) Weeks 1-8
North America Worldwide
2016 $1.502 $3.571 Jan 4-Feb 28
2015 $1.476 $3.971 Jan 5-Mar 1
2014 $1.360 $3.361 Jan 6-Mar 2
2013 $1.219 n/a Jan 7-Mar 3
2012 $1.503 n/a Jan 2-Feb 26

The past six weeks in North America are now down -1% from the same period last year (similar to previous weeks: -4% pace last week and -2% pace two weeks ago) but still +7% above the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.001 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2016 $1.072 since Jan 18
2015 $1.078 since Jan 19
2014 $0.948 since Jan 20
2013 $0.857 since Jan 21
2012 $1.119 since Jan 16


WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Here are the updated 2016 film rankings.



International 2016 through 2016 Feb 28


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.