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
Green Book $5,927,420 $16,041,911 N/A N/A
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
Shoplifters $154,073 $286,333 N/A N/A
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
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. $3,196 $229,749 N/A N/A
Science Fair $3,008 $272,818 January 20, 2018 46
Return of the Hero $2,593 $11,285 N/A N/A
Kusama: Infinity $2,478 $357,495 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%.