October 20, 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, very little change from last week.

Studio YTD 2013 Oct 20

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 just under $8.0 billion, just barely ahead of 2012’s pace and 3% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($7.733 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 very weak $138 million in wide-release North American box office, 10% below the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($154 million) and fully 17% below the same week last year ($167 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 1-41
2013 $7.948 Jan 7-Oct 20
2012 $7.927 Jan 2-Oct 14
2011 $7.535 Jan 3-Oct 16
2010 $7.729 Jan 4-Oct 17
2009 $7.740 Jan 5-Oct 18

Over the past six weeks, 2013 has slipped 2% below the same six weeks in 2012 and is now virtually even with the four-year average in the same time frame ($0.756 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 36-41
2013 $0.757 Sep 9-Oct 20
2012 $0.770 Sep 3-Oct 14
2011 $0.737 Sep 5-Oct 16
2010 $0.731 Sep 6-Oct 17
2009 $0.786 Sep 7-Oct 18

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.