September 15, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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STUDIO SCORECARD. In the worldwide studio rankings for 2013 to date, Sony moved ahead of Paramount (taking over 5th place) with $70 million of revenue this week (from continued overseas revenues from Mortal Instruments, White House Down and Smurfs 2).  Warner Brothers had an even better week ($76 million, mostly from overseas grosses for We’re the Millers and The Conjuring), increasing its lead over Universal and positioning it even closer to Disney.

Reminder: the chart below has been reformatted and expanded to include a look at all releases from each studio, divided into three buckets: worldwide grosses of over $300 million, grosses between $100 million and $299 million, and films under $100 million worldwide.

Studio YTD Sep 15 2013

TOTAL NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE. Looking at wide-release films in North America (those that play on at least 400 screens at some point), 2013 now totals $7.3 billion, now 1% ahead of 2012’s pace and 3% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012. ($7.095 billion). Each year-to-date period below is defined as the first Monday after New Year’s Day through the most recent Sunday. The past week generated an okay $113 million in wide-release North American box office, up 9% from the same week last year ($104 million) and down 4% from the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($118 million). (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.)

North American Box Office YEAR TO DATE
(billions) Weeks 1-36
2013 $7.304 Jan 7-Sep 15
2012 $7.261 Jan 2-Sep 9
2010 $7.115 Jan 4-Sep 12
2009 $7.086 Jan 5-Sep 13
2011 $6.920 Jan 3-Sep 11

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 5% above the same six weeks in 2012 and a touch below (-1%) the four-year average in the same time frame ($1.017 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 31-36
2011 $1.071 July 25-Sep 11
2009 $1.026 Aug 3-Sep 13
2013 $1.012 Aug 5-Sep 15
2010 $1.010 Aug 2-Sep 12
2012 $0.962 July 30-Sep 9

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.