December 21, 2014

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 12.21.2014

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  A huge weekend for Warner Brothers, pushes the studio back into a secure second place among the Hollywood studios.

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

Studio YTD 2014 as of 2014 Dec 21

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2014 is still running -6% behind last year and now -3% below the average for this point the past four years ($9.355 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed almost $23.7 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 1-50
North America Worldwide
2014 $9.051 $23.667 Jan 6-Dec 21
2013 $9.672 n/a Jan 7-Dec 22
2012 $9.599 n/a Jan 2-Dec 16
2011 $8.928 n/a Jan 3-Dec 18
2010 $9.219 n/a Jan 4-Dec 19

The past six weeks in North America are now down -15% from the same period last year (about the same as the -16% pace last week and worse than the -12% pace two weeks ago) and now -6% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.129 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2014 $1.065 since Nov 10
2013 $1.254 since Nov 11
2012 $1.231 since Nov 5
2011 $0.992 since Nov 7
2010 $1.039 since Nov 8

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies enters the 2014 worldwide chart at #13 (with a lot more overseas box office to come, enough to push it well into the top five films).  Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb joins the chart at #54 (with more overseas revenue to come).  Annie joins the chart at #61 (close to where it will stay because of very limited overseas potential).

International 2014 through 2014 Dec 21

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.