April 19, 2015

Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard 4.19.2015

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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WORLDWIDE STUDIO SCORECARD.  Universal remains a dominant #1, growing even more this week.  Unfriended helped a little with its domestic opening, but the big reason for the weekly again this week was Furious 7 which is exploding overseas.  As for the other openers this weekend, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 does not significantly improve Sony’s fortunes, nor does Monkey Kingdom for Disney.

Lionsgate/Summit is showing a negative week because the overseas tally for Insurgent was overstated last week.  That error has been corrected this week in the Studio Scorecard chart below and the individual Film Rankings at the bottom of the post.

Studio YTD 2015 as of 2015 Apr 19

YEAR TO DATE BOX OFFICE. Looking at North American box office, 2015 to date is now +4% above last year and +8% above the average for this point the past four years ($2.489 billion).  Over the same period, Hollywood films have grossed over $7.6 billion worldwide when we add overseas box office (that’s +13% ahead of 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 1-15
North America Worldwide
2015 $2.697 $7.644 Jan 5-Apr 19
2014 $2.592 $6.746 Jan 6-Apr 20
2013 $2.366 n/a Jan 7-Apr 21
2012 $2.778 n/a Jan 2-Apr 15
2011 $2.219 n/a Jan 3-Apr 17

The past six weeks in North America are up +5% from the same period last year (similar to the +4% pace last week and better than the -2% pace two weeks ago) and now +11% from the four-year average for the similar six-week period ($1.004 billion).

North American Box Office PAST SIX WEEKS
2015 $1.115 since Mar 9
2014 $1.066 since Mar 10
2013 $0.984 since Mar 11
2012 $1.082 since Mar 5
2011 $0.884 since Mar 7

WORLDWIDE GROSSES BY FILM TITLE.  Here are the updated 2015 rankings film by film.

International 2015 through 2015 Apr 19 V2


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.