United States box office collection

Box office stands for the earnings from a movie. Literally, the term is the total value of the tickets sold by the movie theaters to viewers. Usually, speaking about the box office, people mean the receipts of a specific movie, movie theater or the total receipts of a specific period, e.g. the weekend, monthly or annual box office results. For example, in 2017, 11.37 billion US dollars was earned at the box office.

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Weekend box office

Movie Title Gross Total gross Release Weeks
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part $41,475,359 $41,475,359 January 26, 2019 3
What Men Want $25,230,328 $25,230,328 February 8, 2019 1
Cold Pursuit $15,122,332 $15,122,332 February 7, 2019 1
The Upside $10,026,665 $88,607,031 March 9, 2018 49
Alita: Battle Angel $8,716,232 $8,716,232 January 31, 2019 2
Glass $8,579,335 $100,630,915 January 16, 2019 4
The Prodigy $7,865,474 $7,865,474 February 7, 2019 1
Isn't It Romantic $6,245,347 $6,245,347 January 15, 2019 4
Green Book $5,070,625 $63,005,401 November 16, 2018 13
Aquaman $4,239,060 $329,486,102 December 7, 2018 10
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $3,974,277 $180,755,904 December 7, 2018 10
Miss Bala $3,751,102 $12,891,198 February 1, 2019 2
Happy Death Day 2U $3,711,500 $3,711,500 February 13, 2019 0
A Dog's Way Home $2,473,375 $39,451,394 January 10, 2019 5
The Wandering Earth $2,431,790 $2,933,985 February 5, 2019 1
They Shall Not Grow Old $2,378,831 $14,271,347 October 16, 2018 17
Escape Room $2,060,534 $55,100,767 January 3, 2019 6
Bohemian Rhapsody $1,767,277 $211,031,709 October 24, 2018 16
The Kid Who Would be King $1,730,269 $15,945,074 January 16, 2019 4
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019 $1,344,520 $1,344,520 N/A N/A
The Favourite $1,143,244 $30,543,285 November 20, 2018 12
Bumblebee $1,136,188 $126,041,658 December 15, 2018 9
Mary Poppins Returns $1,094,859 $170,028,203 December 19, 2018 8
Vice $950,184 $45,520,237 December 25, 2018 7
A Star is Born $825,819 $209,011,688 September 28, 2018 20
Cold War $764,867 $3,146,567 June 8, 2018 36
On the Basis of Sex $677,160 $23,993,907 December 25, 2018 7
BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul $649,901 $3,509,917 January 26, 2019 3
The Mule $644,659 $102,797,563 December 14, 2018 9
Dirty Dancing $622,968 $622,968 May 24, 2017 90
Stan & Ollie $616,283 $4,489,249 N/A N/A
Ralph Breaks the Internet $456,260 $197,687,244 November 20, 2018 12
Free Solo $449,669 $16,057,679 January 1, 2018 58
If Beale Street Could Talk $419,250 $13,914,657 November 30, 2018 11
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga $321,493 $1,112,088 February 1, 2019 2
Uri: The Surgical Strike $312,122 $3,789,024 January 11, 2019 5
Capernaum $206,759 $800,049 October 6, 2018 19
Serenity $165,908 $8,487,522 January 24, 2019 3
Can You Ever Forgive Me? $143,072 $8,586,944 October 19, 2018 17
Shoplifters $140,656 $3,010,191 June 2, 2018 37
The Wife $140,519 $9,141,566 August 2, 2018 28
Arctic $121,676 $188,584 October 1, 2018 19
Destroyer $118,533 $1,491,840 December 25, 2018 7
I Want to Eat Your Pancreas $111,108 $277,019 N/A N/A
Second Act $103,526 $39,236,870 November 22, 2018 12
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $103,428 $159,466,059 November 14, 2018 13
Everybody Knows $95,206 $95,206 May 9, 2018 40
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch $85,990 $270,620,950 N/A N/A
Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year $74,511 $121,706 February 5, 2019 1
Creed II $58,724 $115,628,970 November 20, 2018 12
Never Look Away $55,328 $124,301 N/A N/A
The Invisibles $52,033 $136,461 February 5, 2013 314
Holmes and Watson $51,730 $30,547,915 N/A N/A
Lords of Chaos $47,737 $47,737 N/A N/A
Perfect Strangers $46,137 $1,014,507 May 29, 2017 89
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel $37,699 $54,649 N/A N/A
Fighting with My Family $34,274 $34,274 February 14, 2019 0
Ben is Back $17,725 $3,694,067 December 5, 2018 10
The World Before Your Feet $17,321 $229,287 March 10, 2018 49
Who Will Write Our History $16,940 $89,748 N/A N/A
The Possession of Hannah Grace $15,915 $14,829,631 N/A N/A
Racetime $15,650 $1,833,852 December 7, 2018 10
The Gospel of Eureka $13,743 $13,743 March 11, 2018 48
Replicas $12,693 $4,041,835 August 24, 2018 25
Widows $11,232 $42,394,126 November 6, 2018 14
To Dust $10,891 $10,891 N/A N/A
Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life $10,174 $96,913 N/A N/A
Birds of Passage $9,558 $9,558 May 27, 2001 924
Mirai $9,039 $753,308 July 20, 2018 30
The Wild Pear Tree $8,699 $17,637 N/A N/A
Police Story and Police Story 2 $8,141 $47,989 N/A N/A
Canal Street $6,972 $251,917 N/A N/A
Under the Eiffel Tower $6,291 $6,291 N/A N/A
Hale County This Morning, This Evening $6,037 $92,304 January 19, 2017 108
The Image Book $4,380 $59,714 October 11, 2018 18
Maria by Callas $3,860 $1,267,301 December 13, 2017 61
Piercing $3,047 $15,856 January 21, 2018 55
The Final Wish $2,271 $2,271 January 24, 2019 3
Daughter of Mine $2,220 $10,628 February 22, 2018 51
Becoming Astrid $1,701 $105,905 September 14, 2018 22
La Religieuse $1,474 $28,013 February 10, 2013 313
Of Fathers and Sons $1,259 $11,596 November 15, 2017 65

How could box office results be forecast?

The movies released are normally beforehand known to become a success or a flop. Why? First of all, several months before the release of any film – not only a major blockbuster – the studio performs test shows not for the critics, but for the real movie audience. Usually, their results enable to predict viewers’ reaction.

In addition, there is a season pattern of releases: traditionally, at the end of spring tested blockbusters start being released, while in August – pilot blockbusters, in November and December, during holiday time and long weekends – family blockbusters. In January, September and October arthouse movies are usually released – these months traditionally stand for fewer viewers at movie theaters. Furthermore, September is the first months when the movies nominated for Oscars start being screened, because they seldom show high mass box office results either.

And, finally, online ticket presale system confirms that as early as two weeks before the release it is possible to assess the movie box office with the tolerance of up to a million US dollars.

What is a weekly fall? What is its effect on the box office?

With very few exceptions, if a movie does not increase the number of screens it is shown on, the copy effectiveness (the number of tickets sold per show) falls every week. On average it is halved. The weekly fall from a weekend to weekend is on average about 44-48% on the market.

Normally, this indicator is important because movie theaters schedule the movies based on the effectiveness of their hold and popularity with the audience from week to week. If the hold indicator is high, during the second weekend this film will be shown at the less demanded show times or even shifted to a morning show once a day.

Why is the box office different from the studio profit?

In English box office is often substituted with a synonym of gross. In fact, this is the total movie turnover before the deduction of taxes or any other expenses. Moreover, we know only the amounts of revenues, but not the amounts of the net profit at best. Roughly, the box office receipts distribution chart looks as follows:

From country to country, from one cinema chain to another this distribution may change, but the average and overall picture is the one given above. For instance, the largest US movie theater chain AMC, declared of the tickets sold in year for $1.84 bn. out of them the studio results were $977 m, which was 53% (the total share of the distributor and producer).

Sometimes the distribution may be different – it all depends on the movie production studio, on the distributor (major studios have their affiliate distribution companies) and on individual agreements with movie theaters and chains.

In all countries the scheme is virtually the same. However, it is to be noted that In some country many distributors also work as a representative offices of Hollywood majors, and have their work conditions with movie theaters and chains. Having at their disposal the so-called package of the beforehand known blockbusters, they may require special conditions from movie theaters, including a higher share of the box office receipts than standard 50%.