February 2, 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 ahead of Warner Brothers in worldwide box office for the 2013 slate (now an $18 million margin out of over $9 billion between the two rival studios).  Disney continues to benefit mightily from Frozen, both in North America and overseas.  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 Feb 2

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2014 is now running 8% ahead of last year but now 2% below the average for the past four years ($693 million).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed $1.771 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office.  The past week at the North American box office has been truly awful: $97 million between January 27 and February 2, 2014.  That is a relatively small -13% from last year’s same week ($111 million for January 28 to February 3, 2013) but a full -34% from the average for this week between 2010 and 2013 ($147 million).

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 1-4
North America Worldwide
2014 $0.681 $1.771 Jan 6-Feb 2
2013 $0.630 n/a Jan 7-Feb 3
2012 $0.743 n/a Jan 2-Jan 29
2011 $0.592 n/a Jan 3-Jan 30
2010 $0.807 n/a Jan 4-Jan 31

The past six weeks in North America are now running only 4% ahead of the same six weeks last year and now just 2% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.332 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Week 51-Week 4
2014 $1.365 Dec 23-Feb 2
2013 $1.308 Dec 24-Feb 3
2012 $1.310 Dec 19-Jan 29
2011 $1.184 Dec 20-Jan 30
2010 $1.524 Dec 21-Jan 31

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.