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.
Last month movie popularity
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|
|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|
|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%.