September 23, 2018

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 9.23.2018

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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.

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2018 to date is now +8% above last year and still +11% above the average for this point the past four years ($7.469 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed over $20.9 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s now a touch below the comparable worldwide box office last year at this stage and still +7% 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 1-38
North America Worldwide
2018 $8.277 $20.957 Jan 1-Sep 23
2017 $7.630 $21.003 Jan 2-Sep 24
2016 $7.746 $19.666 Jan 4-Sep 25
2015 $7.479 $19.453 Jan 5-Sep 27
2014 $7.022 $18.463 Jan 6-Sep 28


The past six weeks in North America are now +12% above the same period last year and now +13% above the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($0.802 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2018 $0.904 since Aug 13
2017 $0.810 since Aug 14
2016 $0.854 since Aug 15
2015 $0.814 since Aug 17
2014 $0.731 since Aug 18


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.



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.