January 19, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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2013 is turning into a photo finish.  The worldwide studio tallies below are for total box office performance of the films released wide sometime in 2013, so we are still counting up the figures for movies released late in the year.  Warner Brothers and Disney are separated by only $9 million.  Warner Brothers is actually down versus last week because of a downward revision in the domestic total for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, while Disney is really benefiting from the very strong overseas and domestic performance of Frozen For a complete ranking of 2013 films individually by worldwide performance click here.

We will begin tracking the 2014 Studio Scorecard in a few weeks.

Studio YTD 2013 as of 2014 Jan 19

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2014 is now running 13% ahead of last year and 10% ahead of the average for the past four years ($373 million).  Over the same period in this young year, Hollywood films have grossed $1.013 billion already when we add overseas box office.  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 1-2
North America Worldwide
2014 $0.410 $1.013 Jan 6-Jan 19
2013 $0.362 n/a Jan 7-Jan 20
2012 $0.384 n/a Jan 2-Jan 15
2011 $0.318 n/a Jan 3-Jan 16
2010 $0.428 n/a Jan 4-Jan 17

The past six weeks in North America are running 8% ahead of the same six weeks last year and 14% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.217 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Week 49-Week 2
2014 $1.461 Dec 9-Jan 19
2013 $1.348 Dec 10-Jan 20
2012 $1.177 Dec 5-Jan 15
2011 $1.180 Dec 6-Jan 16
2010 $1.425 Dec 7-Jan 17

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.