September 28, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 9.28.2014

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Universal and Sony each had weeks over $100 million, mostly because of the domestic releases of The Boxtrolls (Focus) and The Equalizer.  But both movies remain mired toward the bottom of the worldwide studio rankings.

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

Studio YTD 2014 as of 2014 Sep 28

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 ($7.378 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed almost $18.5 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 1-38
North America Worldwide
2014 $7.020 $18.461 Jan 6-Sep 28
2013 $7.523 n/a Jan 7-Sep 29
2012 $7.461 n/a Jan 2-Sep 23
2011 $7.178 n/a Jan 3-Sep 25
2010 $7.351 n/a Jan 4-Sep 26

The past six weeks in North America are now -8% behind the same period last year (a bit worse than the -7% last week and the -6% pace two weeks ago) and now -10% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($0.814 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2014 $0.729 since Aug 18
2013 $0.791 since Aug 19
2012 $0.779 since Aug 13
2011 $0.843 since Aug 15
2010 $0.840 since Aug 16

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  The Equalizer enters the 2014 worldwide chart at #42 (with significant overseas upside to move it up the rankings) and The Boxtrolls starts at #48 (with moderate overseas prospects).

International 2014 through 2014 Sep 28

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.