September 8, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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STUDIO SCORECARD. In the worldwide studio rankings for 2013 to date, Warner Brothers has moved back ahead of Universal in a very tight race for second place.

Reminder: the chart below has been reformatted and expanded to include a look at all releases from each studio, divided into three buckets: worldwide grosses of over $300 million, grosses between $100 million and $299 million, and films under $100 million worldwide.

Studio YTD Sep 8 2013

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 now totals nearly $7.2 billion, still marginally ahead of 2012’s pace and 3% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012. ($6.977 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 weak $129 million in wide-release North American box office, down 3% from the same week last year ($133 million) and down 3% from the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($133 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 1-35
2013 $7.192 Jan 7-Sep 8
2012 $7.157 Jan 2-Sep 2
2010 $6.998 Jan 4-Sep 5
2009 $6.954 Jan 5-Sep 6
2011 $6.799 Jan 3-Sep 4

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 3% above the same six weeks in 2012 and a touch below (-1%) the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.125 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 30-35
2011 $1.211 July 25-Sep 4
2013 $1.119 July 29-Sep 8
2010 $1.111 July 26-Sep 5
2012 $1.090 July 23-Sep 2
2009 $1.089 July 27-Sep 6

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.