May 20, 2018

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 5.20.2018

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Here is an updated look at the 2018 film slates by studio. The studio totals also include 2018 dollars for films released in late 2017.

Studio YTD 2018 as of 2018 May 20

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2018 to date is now +8% above last year and now +16% above the average for this point the past four years ($3.729 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed $11.3 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s now -1% below the comparable worldwide box office last year at this stage and now +15% above 2016).

A reminder: we define the start of each year as the first Monday in January, 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.)  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 1-20
North America Worldwide
2018 $4.320 $11.326 Jan 1-May 20
2017 $3.985 $11.466 Jan 2-May 21
2016 $3.735 $9.847 Jan 4-May 22
2015 $3.666 $10.233 Jan 5-May 24
2014 $3.529 $9.383 Jan 6-May 25


The past six weeks in North America are now +35% above the same period last year and still +27% above the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.086 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2018 $1.379 since Apr 9
2017 $1.020 since Apr 10
2016 $1.091 since Apr 11
2015 $1.108 since Apr 13
2014 $1.123 since Apr 14


WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Here is an updated look at the 2018 film rankings for movies released in over 1,000 North American theaters since January 1.

International 2018 through 2018 May 20

International 2018 Part 2 through 2018 May 20



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.