August 3, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Guardians of the Galaxy has pushed Disney ahead of Warner Brothers in the 2014 to date totals for worldwide box office.  And there is much more upside to come for Guardians, which will push Disney toward $2.7 billion in the next few weeks.  Sony remains on top with almost $3.2 billion worldwide for the year to date.  Get On Up will have no material impact on the outlook for Universal, which remains mired in sixth place with under $1.2 billion worldwide for 2014.

Scroll down for domestic and overseas grosses for each film individually so far in 2014.  Note: Both charts have been updated with overseas grosses for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Studio YTD 2014 as of 2014 Aug 03 v2

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2014 is still running -8% behind last year and now -5% below the average for this point the past four years ($6.136 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed almost $14.9 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 1-30
North America Worldwide
2014 $5.819 $15.019 Jan 6-Aug 3
2013 $6.293 n/a Jan 7-Aug 4
2012 $6.299 n/a Jan 2-Jul 29
2011 $5.849 n/a Jan 3-Jul 31
2010 $6.105 n/a Jan 4-Aug 1

The past six weeks in North America are now -24% behind the same period last year (a little better than the -29% last week actually) and -21% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.721 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2014 $1.352 since Jun 23
2013 $1.783 since Jun 24
2012 $1.691 since Jun 18
2011 $1.715 since Jun 20
2010 $1.694 since Jun 21

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  With mostly our domestic total and a lot of upside to come in the overseas tally, Guardians of the Galaxy enters the chart at #13 worldwide, but it will zoom into the top 5 very quickly over the next several weeks.  Get On Up: The James Brown Story enters the chart at #53, about where it will stay because of very limited overseas potential.

International 2014 through 2014 Aug 03 v2

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.