January 24, 2016

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 1.24.2016

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  We will continue tracking 2015 for several more weeks as the holiday films finish their runs.  We will begin tracking the 2016 slates next week.


Studio YTD 2015 as of 2016 Jan 24

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2016 to date after three full weeks is now -5% above last year and now +6% above the average for this point the past four years ($0.576 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed $1.3 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s -19% behind the comparable worldwide box office last year at this stage).

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 1-3
North America Worldwide
2016 $0.609 $1.300 Jan 4-Jan 24
2015 $0.638 $1.614 Jan 5-Jan 25
2014 $0.584 $1.445 Jan 6-Jan 26
2013 $0.519 n/a Jan 7-Jan 27
2012 $0.564 n/a Jan 2-Jan 22

The past six weeks in North America are now up +24% from the same period last year (still very strong but starting to cool from the recent torrid pace: +31% pace last week and +38% pace two weeks ago) and still +33% above the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.396 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2016 $1.859 since Dec 14
2015 $1.500 since Dec 15
2014 $1.464 since Dec 16
2013 $1.351 since Dec 17
2012 $1.268 since Dec 12


WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Here are the updated 2015 rankings film by film.  We will start the 2016 ranking next week.

International 2015 through 2016 Jan 24



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.