October 13, 2013

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

STUDIO SCORECARD. In the worldwide studio rankings for 2013 to date, Warner Brothers again distanced itself from the others as Gravity enjoyed an upgraded domestic final and the start of overseas dollars, which will soon turn into a gusher.  Sony also had a good week as Captain Phillips came aboard and overseas results from other films continued to come in, but the high-volume/ low-hit studio remains down in 5th place overall.  The other studios were generally very quiet this past week.

Studio YTD Oct 13 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 $7.8 billion, still 1% ahead of 2012’s pace and 3% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($7.579 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 $149 million in wide-release North American box office, 17% above the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($128 million) but 8% below the same week last year ($163 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 1-40
2013 $7.810 Jan 7-Oct 13
2012 $7.760 Jan 2-Oct 7
2011 $7.420 Jan 3-Oct 9
2010 $7.574 Jan 4-Oct 10
2009 $7.562 Jan 5-Oct 11

Over the past six weeks, 2013 is now 1% above the same six weeks in 2012 and 2% above the four-year average in the same time frame ($0.735 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 35-40
2013 $0.747 Sep 2-Oct 13
2012 $0.736 Aug 27-Oct 7
2011 $0.756 Aug 29-Oct 9
2010 $0.712 Aug 30-Oct 10
2009 $0.736 Aug 31-Oct 11

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.