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
Glass $12,934,480 $92,054,580 January 16, 2019 3
The Upside $11,840,238 $78,580,366 March 9, 2018 48
Miss Bala $9,140,096 $9,140,096 February 1, 2019 1
Aquaman $6,504,802 $325,247,042 December 7, 2018 9
Green Book $6,430,445 $57,934,776 November 16, 2018 12
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $5,905,558 $176,781,627 December 7, 2018 9
The Kid Who Would be King $5,241,129 $14,214,805 January 16, 2019 3
A Dog's Way Home $4,585,148 $36,978,019 January 10, 2019 4
Escape Room $3,850,933 $53,040,233 January 3, 2019 5
They Shall Not Grow Old $3,552,444 $11,892,516 October 16, 2018 16
Mary Poppins Returns $2,651,504 $168,933,344 December 19, 2018 7
Bumblebee $2,552,282 $124,905,470 December 15, 2018 8
Bohemian Rhapsody $2,528,059 $209,264,432 October 24, 2018 15
Serenity $2,485,583 $8,321,614 January 24, 2019 2
The Favourite $2,302,436 $29,400,041 November 20, 2018 11
Free Solo $2,007,990 $15,608,010 January 1, 2018 57
Vice $1,653,523 $44,570,053 December 25, 2018 6
On the Basis of Sex $1,501,080 $23,316,747 December 25, 2018 6
The Mule $1,325,042 $102,152,904 December 14, 2018 8
Dragon Ball Super: Broly $1,280,752 $30,382,586 December 14, 2018 8
A Star is Born $1,270,885 $208,185,869 September 28, 2018 19
Stan & Ollie $1,154,960 $3,872,966 N/A N/A
Ralph Breaks the Internet $936,205 $197,230,984 November 20, 2018 11
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga $790,595 $790,595 February 1, 2019 1
Cold War $763,755 $2,381,700 June 8, 2018 35
If Beale Street Could Talk $722,989 $13,495,407 November 30, 2018 10
Second Act $624,925 $39,133,344 November 22, 2018 11
JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration $568,772 $568,772 N/A N/A
The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story $427,868 $570,167 N/A N/A
Uri: The Surgical Strike $407,233 $3,476,902 January 11, 2019 4
Destroyer $395,679 $1,373,307 December 25, 2018 6
Can You Ever Forgive Me? $283,790 $8,443,872 October 19, 2018 16
The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary $264,224 $2,076,020 N/A N/A
Shoplifters $250,002 $2,869,535 June 2, 2018 36
The Wife $225,632 $9,001,047 August 2, 2018 27
Capernaum $187,186 $593,290 October 6, 2018 18
I Want to Eat Your Pancreas $165,911 $165,911 N/A N/A
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $147,543 $159,362,631 November 14, 2018 12
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch $109,320 $270,534,960 N/A N/A
Creed II $85,076 $115,570,246 November 20, 2018 11
Arctic $66,908 $66,908 October 1, 2018 18
Perfect Strangers $48,814 $968,370 May 29, 2017 88
The Invisibles $48,787 $84,428 February 5, 2013 313
Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year $47,195 $47,195 February 5, 2019 0
Racetime $44,537 $1,818,201 December 7, 2018 9
Police Story and Police Story 2 $39,848 $39,848 N/A N/A
Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life $34,106 $86,739 N/A N/A
The Possession of Hannah Grace $32,803 $14,813,716 N/A N/A
Ben is Back $29,893 $3,676,342 December 5, 2018 9
Never Look Away $29,860 $68,973 N/A N/A
Holmes and Watson $28,213 $30,496,185 N/A N/A
Canal Street $24,492 $244,945 N/A N/A
Replicas $24,370 $4,029,142 August 24, 2018 24
Who Will Write Our History $16,920 $68,808 N/A N/A
Widows $16,051 $42,382,894 November 6, 2018 13
The Image Book $15,284 $55,334 October 11, 2018 17
Hale County This Morning, This Evening $14,289 $86,267 January 19, 2017 107
Piercing $12,809 $12,809 January 21, 2018 54
Daughter of Mine $8,408 $8,408 February 22, 2018 50
The Bounty Killer $8,255 $47,735 July 30, 1965 2793
The World Before Your Feet $8,253 $211,966 March 10, 2018 48
The Wild Pear Tree $7,956 $8,938 N/A N/A
Burning $7,345 $702,819 January 1, 2002 892
The Last Resort $6,525 $32,266 January 23, 2018 54
An Acceptable Loss $5,622 $32,427 January 18, 2019 3
Becoming Astrid $5,477 $104,204 September 14, 2018 21
Mirai $4,239 $744,269 July 20, 2018 29
What Is Democracy? $3,991 $26,046 June 9, 2018 35
The Heiresses $3,241 $42,145 March 15, 2018 47
Maria by Callas $3,162 $1,263,441 December 13, 2017 60
Tito and the Birds $3,093 $4,332 N/A N/A
Tyrel $3,080 $21,456 January 18, 2018 55
Of Fathers and Sons $1,343 $10,337 November 15, 2017 64
Beautiful Boy $1,307 $7,649,973 October 12, 2018 17
A tous ceux qui ne me lisent pas $1,046 $36,506 November 23, 2018 11

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%.