September 21, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 9.21.2014

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Fox expanded its lead with $147 million worldwide this week, mostly from the release of The Maze Runner, pushing the studio to over $3.8 billion worldwide for the year to date.  Disney is in second with $2.6 billion, and Warner Brothers remains in third place with almost $2.5 billion.  In the chart below you will see Warner Brothers at -$24 million for the week, which is a function of an overstatement of overseas grosses for Dolphin Tale 2 last week (about $50 million overstated).  That $50 million has been backup out of the numbers — otherwise, Warner Brothers would be up about $25 million this week.

Scroll down for domestic and overseas grosses for each film individually so far in 2014.  

Studio YTD 2014 as of 2014 Sep 21

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2014 is still running -7% behind last year and -5% below the average for this point the past four years ($7.256 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed almost $18.2 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 1-37
North America Worldwide
2014 $6.895 $18.174 Jan 6-Sep 21
2013 $7.403 n/a Jan 7-Sep 22
2012 $7.354 n/a Jan 2-Sep 16
2011 $7.037 n/a Jan 3-Sep 18
2010 $7.230 n/a Jan 4-Sep 19

The past six weeks in North America are now -7% behind the same period last year (a bit worse than the -6% last week and the -2% pace two weeks ago) and now -9% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($0.902 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2014 $0.819 since Aug 11
2013 $0.877 since Aug 12
2012 $0.869 since Aug 6
2011 $0.938 since Aug 8
2010 $0.923 since Aug 9

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  The Maze Runner enters the 2014 worldwide chart at #33 (with significant overseas upside to move it up the rankings),  A Walk Among the Tombstones enters at #68 (with moderate prospects for more overseas business), and This Is Where I Leave You starts at #73 (with very little overseas prospects).

International 2014 through 2014 Sep 21

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.