October 6, 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, Warner Brothers solidified its first place position, thanks to Gravity.  As we do with all films, the full estimated domestic tally has been added to the studio year to date total, while the overseas numbers will be added as those actual results come in.  So there is huge continued upside for Warner Brothers from the film.

Studio YTD Oct 6 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 over $7.6 billion, 1% ahead of 2012’s pace and 3% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($7.451 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 a decent $139 million in wide-release North American box office, 11% above the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($124 million) and up 2% from the same week last year ($136 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 1-39
2013 $7.661 Jan 7-Oct 6
2012 $7.597 Jan 2-Sep 30
2011 $7.304 Jan 3-Oct 2
2010 $7.464 Jan 4-Oct 3
2009 $7.440 Jan 5-Oct 4

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 5% above the same six weeks in 2012 but 1% below the four-year average in the same time frame ($0.759 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 34-39
2013 $0.754 Aug 26-Oct 6
2012 $0.719 Aug 20-Sep 30
2011 $0.779 Aug 22-Oct 2
2010 $0.758 Aug 23-Oct 3
2009 $0.781 Aug 24-Oct 4

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.