October 27, 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, only moderate changes for each studio.  The biggest gainer this week was Paramount, which released a film from its tiny slate: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. However, it shows just how slow the box office environment is right now when a $93 million weekly gain is tops among the Hollywood studios.

Studio YTD 2013 Oct 27

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 $8.0 billion, now behind 2012’s pace (by less than 1%) but still 2% above the prior four-year average 2009-2012 ($7.883 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 $122 million in wide-release North American box office, 19% below the 2009-2012 average for the same week ($151 million) and 23% below the same week last year ($158 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 1-42
2013 $8.068 Jan 7-Oct 27
2012 $8.085 Jan 2-Oct 21
2011 $7.675 Jan 3-Oct 23
2010 $7.889 Jan 4-Oct 24
2009 $7.884 Jan 5-Oct 25

Over the past six weeks, 2013 has fallen to 7% below the same six weeks in 2012 and is now 3% below the four-year average in the same time frame ($0.788 billion).

North American Box Office LAST SIX WEEKS
(billions) Weeks 37-42
2013 $0.763 Sep 16-Oct 27
2012 $0.824 Sep 10-Oct 21
2011 $0.756 Sep 12-Oct 23
2010 $0.774 Sep 13-Oct 24
2009 $0.798 Sep 14-Oct 25

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.