February 10, 2019

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio 2.10.2019

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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 2019 dollars for films released in late 2018. We will continue to track the 2018 slates until late February, when we will switch to tracking the 2019 slates.

BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2019 is now -17% below last year’s comparable span and now -20% below the average for this point the past four years ($0.919 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films almost $1.9 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office for those films (that’s -31% below the comparable worldwide box office last year and -23% below 2017).

Note: The 2019 worldwide box office is currently understated by about $171 million because of overseas box office to date for films opening soon in North America: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($138.7 million) & Alita: Battle Angel ($32.0 million). Those overseas dollars will be realized in the 2019 total below when the films open in the U.S. and Canada.

A reminder: we define the start of each year as the first Monday in January (except if that is New Year’s Day), and our year ends on the Sunday after New Year’s Day the following calendar year. 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 1-5
North America Worldwide
2019 $0.734 $1.866 Jan 7-Feb 10
2018 $0.888 $2.720 Jan 8-Feb 11
2017 $0.963 $2.436 Jan 2-Feb 5
2016 $0.889 $2.193 Jan 4-Feb 7
2015 $0.936 $2.546 Jan 5-Feb 8


The past six weeks in North America are now -24% below the same period last year and now -23% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.345 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2019 $1.039 since Dec 31
2018 $1.363 since Jan 1
2017 $1.429 since Dec 26
2016 $1.331 since Dec 28
2015 $1.259 since Dec 29

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 in the 2018 calendar year. We will continue to track 2019 dollars for these films until mid-February, and then we will transition to the 2019 film rankings.



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.