September 7, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 9.7.2014

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  The studio rankings remain unchanged, and the most noteworthy change is that Universal now boasts a film in the $300+ million worldwide box (Lucy with $126 million domestic and $192 million overseas to date).  But the success of Lucy cannot make up for an excess of clunkers, as Universal is showing a hit-to-miss ratio even worse than Sony’s normally bottom-heavy slate.

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

Studio YTD 2014 as of 2014 Sep 7

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 ($7.036 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed just under $17.5 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 1-35
North America Worldwide
2014 $6.680 $17.482 Jan 6-Sep 7
2013 $7.191 n/a Jan 7-Sep 8
2012 $7.157 n/a Jan 2-Sep 2
2011 $6.799 n/a Jan 3-Sep 4
2010 $6.998 n/a Jan 4-Sep 5

The past six weeks in North America are now only -2% behind the same period last year (better than the -4% pace last week and the -11% pace three weeks ago) and now -3% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.132 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2014 $1.098 since Jul 28
2013 $1.118 since Jul 29
2012 $1.090 since Jul 23
2011 $1.211 since Jul 25
2010 $1.111 since Jul 26

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  The Identical enters the 2014 worldwide chart at #90 in the unenviable DFL position (dead effin last), and its hard to imagine another wide release film this year displacing it from the cellar of ignominy.

International 2014 through 2014 Sep 7

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.