January 26, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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As we continue to tally the films released wide in 2013, Disney has pulled to within $1 million of Warner Brothers in worldwide box office for the year (out of over $9 billion between the rival studios).  Disney continues to benefit mightily from Frozen, which has now surpassed The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug worldwide.  For a complete ranking of 2013 films individually by worldwide performance click here.

We will begin tracking the 2014 Studio Scorecard in mid-February.

Studio YTD 2013 as of 2014 Jan 26 v3

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2014 is now running 12% ahead of last year and 7% ahead of the average for the past four years ($546 million).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed $1.442 billion worldwide 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 1-3
North America Worldwide
2014 $0.582 $1.442 Jan 6-Jan 26
2013 $0.519 n/a Jan 7-Jan 27
2012 $0.564 n/a Jan 2-Jan 22
2011 $0.464 n/a Jan 3-Jan 23
2010 $0.637 n/a Jan 4-Jan 24

The past six weeks in North America are still running 8% ahead of the same six weeks last year and now 9% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.339 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Week 50-Week 3
2014 $1.462 Dec 16-Jan 26
2013 $1.351 Dec 17-Jan 27
2012 $1.268 Dec 12-Jan 22
2011 $1.222 Dec 13-Jan 23
2010 $1.514 Dec 14-Jan 24

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.