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|
|Ralph Breaks the Internet||$31,179,652||$124,717,885||November 20, 2018||2|
|Dr. Seuss' The Grinch||$22,505,980||$208,285,175||N/A||N/A|
|Creed II||$21,813,113||$86,149,397||November 20, 2018||2|
|Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||$15,261,118||$138,402,524||November 14, 2018||3|
|Bohemian Rhapsody||$11,246,020||$167,569,170||October 24, 2018||6|
|Instant Family||$9,782,973||$48,560,742||November 16, 2018||3|
|The Possession of Hannah Grace||$8,331,549||$8,331,549||N/A||N/A|
|Robin Hood||$6,676,511||$23,704,193||September 1, 2018||14|
|Widows||$6,395,561||$35,055,806||November 6, 2018||4|
|2.0||$4,152,000||$4,152,000||April 25, 2018||32|
|A Star is Born||$2,671,161||$194,588,597||September 28, 2018||10|
|The Nutcracker and the Four Realms||$1,820,285||$51,580,194||October 26, 2018||6|
|The Favourite||$1,464,336||$2,038,646||November 20, 2018||2|
|Boy Erased||$920,790||$5,913,227||November 2, 2018||5|
|Overlord||$611,394||$21,220,409||November 1, 2018||5|
|Nobody's Fool||$526,715||$31,214,774||December 23, 1994||1250|
|Venom||$520,514||$212,411,166||October 3, 2018||9|
|Can You Ever Forgive Me?||$491,104||$6,732,874||October 19, 2018||7|
|The Front Runner||$447,109||$1,804,427||N/A||N/A|
|Free Solo||$429,068||$10,257,951||January 1, 2018||48|
|Wilder vs Fury||$304,482||$304,482||N/A||N/A|
|The Hate U Give||$275,253||$29,291,392||October 19, 2018||7|
|Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us||$273,327||$789,170||N/A||N/A|
|At Eternity's Gate||$271,631||$761,117||N/A||N/A|
|Mirai||$262,571||$472,832||July 20, 2018||20|
|Smallfoot||$255,026||$82,247,952||September 20, 2018||11|
|Beautiful Boy||$234,870||$7,323,038||September 12, 2010||429|
|Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote||$187,946||$187,946||N/A||N/A|
|Maria by Callas||$180,886||$937,919||December 13, 2017||51|
|A Cool Fish||$139,687||$409,016||November 15, 2018||3|
|Night School||$131,865||$77,030,105||September 27, 2018||10|
|Sleepless In Seattle 25th Anniversary||$127,281||$127,281||N/A||N/A|
|Border||$123,754||$618,079||May 8, 2018||30|
|The Old Man & the Gun||$123,535||$10,965,284||N/A||N/A|
|First Man||$108,460||$44,716,075||October 11, 2018||8|
|Wildlife||$92,459||$969,151||January 20, 2018||46|
|A Private War||$76,901||$1,545,008||N/A||N/A|
|The House With A Clock In Its Walls||$75,550||$68,387,085||September 15, 2018||12|
|Halloween||$74,825||$159,211,275||October 18, 2018||7|
|Anna and the Apocalypse||$73,132||$73,132||September 22, 2017||63|
|Superman 40th Anniversary||$67,236||$233,585||N/A||N/A|
|Unstoppable||$66,717||$66,717||September 24, 2013||271|
|Suspiria||$55,523||$2,421,619||October 2, 2018||9|
|Crazy Rich Asians||$55,267||$173,962,956||August 15, 2018||16|
|Burning||$50,944||$449,693||January 1, 2002||883|
|Incredibles 2||$38,406||$608,556,044||June 14, 2018||25|
|Mid90s||$38,043||$7,326,671||October 19, 2018||7|
|Becoming Astrid||$34,000||$42,011||September 14, 2018||12|
|The World Before Your Feet||$20,894||$59,868||March 10, 2018||39|
|Allegiance To Broadway||$18,527||$18,527||N/A||N/A|
|Bad Times At The El Royale||$18,391||$17,839,115||October 4, 2018||9|
|Chef Flynn||$14,972||$58,893||January 23, 2018||45|
|Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer||$14,064||$3,667,332||N/A||N/A|
|The Great Buster: A Celebration||$13,836||$107,862||N/A||N/A|
|Tea with the Dames||$12,956||$851,280||N/A||N/A|
|Head Full of Honey||$12,350||$12,350||December 25, 2014||206|
|Wings of Desire||$10,218||$102,959||May 17, 1987||1646|
|El Angel||$10,109||$91,418||October 20, 1969||2563|
|The Sisters Brothers||$9,688||$3,132,357||September 19, 2018||11|
|Detour||$9,283||$9,283||January 1, 2019||-4|
|The Guilty||$8,753||$203,892||June 1, 2000||966|
|People's Republic of Desire||$8,420||$8,420||March 10, 2018||39|
|The Happy Prince||$6,596||$458,484||December 2, 1974||2296|
|Sicilian Ghost Story||$6,084||$6,084||May 20, 2017||81|
|Searching for Ingmar Bergman||$5,324||$33,275||May 31, 2018||27|
|Monrovia, Indiana||$4,466||$53,985||September 7, 2018||13|
|The Rider||$3,687||$2,418,469||May 20, 2017||81|
|Senso||$3,233||$24,960||January 28, 1955||3332|
|Science Fair||$3,008||$272,818||January 20, 2018||46|
|Return of the Hero||$2,593||$11,285||N/A||N/A|
|Last Letter||$2,325||$180,946||November 9, 2018||4|
|Horn From the Heart||$2,247||$26,347||N/A||N/A|
|Weed the People||$2,060||$12,075||March 11, 2018||38|
|The Wife||$1,688||$7,789,117||August 16, 1996||1164|
|Studio 54||$1,683||$185,280||January 21, 2018||45|
|On Her Shoulders||$1,529||$28,288||January 20, 2018||46|
|The Charmer||$1,506||$1,506||April 20, 1925||4885|
|The Fog||$1,392||$70,421||May 9, 2010||447|
|Bye Bye Germany||$1,365||$73,730||N/A||N/A|
|Liyana||$1,340||$16,832||June 17, 2017||77|
|Memoir of War||$1,061||$103,306||N/A||N/A|
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%.