February 16, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Frozen continues to push Disney to a clear first place finish for the 2013 slate.  And thanks to continued strong overseas grosses for The Wolf of Wall Street, Paramount has surged ahead of Lionsgate/Summit by a nose.  For a complete ranking of films individually by worldwide performance click here.

An early look at the 2014 Studio Scorecard can be found at the end of this post.

Studio YTD 2013 as of 2014 Feb 16

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2014 is still running 13% ahead of last year and now 4% above the average for the past four years ($1.021 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed $2.62 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 1-6
North America Worldwide
2014 $1.064 $2.620 Jan 6-Feb 16
2013 $0.941 n/a Jan 7-Feb 17
2012 $1.100 n/a Jan 2-Feb 12
2011 $0.860 n/a Jan 3-Feb 13
2010 $1.182 n/a Jan 4-Feb 14

The past weeks in North America was 9% ahead of the same week last year and 4% above the four-year average in the same week ($199 million).

North American Box Office PAST WEEK
2014 $0.207 Feb 10-16
2013 $0.190 Feb 11-17
2012 $0.214 Feb 6-12
2011 $0.165 Feb 7-13
2010 $0.229 Feb 8-14

The year is only six weeks young, but here’s an early look at studio performance for 2014.  Disney has yet to release anything since January 1, but most of the other studios have released around three films to date.  Warner Brothers is showing its usual feast or famine pattern, with one mega-hit (Lego Movie) and two micro-performers.  On the other hand, Sony looks unusually even: no big bombs and no big hits — just three reasonable starts.

Studio YTD 2014 as of 2014 Feb 16

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.