March 1, 2020

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 3.1.2020

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Here is an updated look at the 2020 film slates by studios (films entering wide release in the 2020 calendar year).

BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2020 is now +5% above last year’s comparable span but -15% below this point averaged over the past four years ($1.497 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed almost $3.3 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office for those films. That’s +1% above the comparable worldwide box office last year but -16% below this point averaged over the past four years ($3.916 billion).

A reminder: we define the start of each year as the first Monday in January (except if that is New Year’s Day), and our year ends on the Sunday after New Year’s Day the following calendar year. The numbers in this chart contain box office grosses from each year’s films as well as grosses from prior year films that carried over into that year.

(billions) Weeks 1-8
North America Worldwide
2020 $1.273 $3.284 Jan 6-Mar 1
2019 $1.208 $3.237 Jan 7-Mar 3
2018 $1.719 $4.460 Jan 8-Mar 4
2017 $1.560 $4.394 Jan 2-Feb 26
2016 $1.503 $3.572 Jan 4-Feb 28


The past six weeks in North America are now +3% below the same period last year (6 points worse than last week’s comparison) and now -19% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.094 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2020 $0.891 since Jan 20
2019 $0.866 since Jan 21
2018 $1.319 since Jan 22
2017 $1.121 since Jan 16
2016 $1.073 since Jan 18

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Here is an updated look at the 2020 film rankings for movies released in over 1,000 North American theaters in the 2020 calendar year. Films like 1917 and Parasite were in limited released in 2019 but did not reach wide release until 2020.



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.