December 30, 2018

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 12.30.2018

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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 2018 dollars for films released in late 2017.

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2018 to date is now +6% above last year and still +8% above the average for this point the past four years ($10.313 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed almost $27.9 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s now marginally below the comparable worldwide box office last year at this stage and now +6% above 2016).

A reminder: we define the start of each year as the first Monday in January, 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.)  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 1-52
North America Worldwide
2018 $11.090 $27.882 Jan 1-Dec 30
2017 $10.489 $28.008 Jan 2-Dec 31
2016 $10.536 $26.234 Jan 4-Jan 1
2015 $10.504 $26.786 Jan 5-Jan 3
2014 $9.724 $24.880 Jan 6-Jan 4


The past six weeks in North America are now -17% below the same period last year and now -12% below the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.562 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2018 $1.368 since Nov 12
2017 $1.641 since Nov 13
2016 $1.520 since Nov 14
2015 $1.766 since Nov 16
2014 $1.321 since Nov 17

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 since January 1.



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.