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Hollywood studios 2013 performance review

January 06, 2014  | Subscribers Only

Xin Zhang Xin Zhang Senior Research Analyst, Cinema, IHS Markit
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As 2013 comes to an end, Hollywood studios are reviewing their last year's performance in theatrical. For the first time ever, Warner Brothers surpassed $3bn for international box office, according to data from Variety and Screen Daily. With total revenues at $5.04bn, of which $3.14bn from international sales and $1.90bn from domestic, Warner topped the list among other Hollywood studios.  Warner had a total of 19 new releases in 2013, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the biggest hit with $653m box office. Other top performers include Gravity ($398.7m, and still on release), Man of Steel ($371.8m) and Pacific Rim ($305.8m).

Disney ranked second with a total box office of $4.73bn worldwide, and also crossed the $3bn for the first time in international revenue ($3.01bn from overseas and $1.72bn from domestic). Disney actually had a very impressive year, given the fact that it only had 10 releases in 2013, significantly fewer than Warner. Disney's highest grossing film was Iron Man 3, which generated $1.21bn globally and was also the number one film in the whole industry in 2013.

Universal had a good 2013, climbing to the third on the list with total box office reached of $4.01bn. International revenue contributed $2.58bn, while North America generated $1.43bn. Universal released 16 titles in 2013, of which Despicable Me 2 and Fast & Furious 6 were the biggest hits with $553m and $550m, respectively.

Fox's global box office reached $3.39bn by the end of 2013, ranking fourth both globally and internationally among other studios. The top performer among the 14 releases in 2013 was The Croods, which collected $520m worldwide.

Sony slipped from the leader position in 2012 to fifth in 2013. Sony finished the calendar year at $3.02bn, of which $1.9bn from international performance and $1.12 from North America. However, there were some bright spots as Sony did well in China with a 22 per cent year on year rise. In fact, China was the only market in BRIC where overall box office increased from 2012. Sony's best sellers in 2013 were The Smurfs 2, Django Unchained and Elysium.

Lionsgate and Paramount were close together, ranking sixth and seventh respectively. Grossing $1.25bn internationally and $1.07 domestically, Lionsgate ended 2013 with $2.32bn from a total of 21 releases. Paramount failed to pass the £1bn US mark with only $0.91bn revenue, however, it did better overseas with $1.36bn, totalling $2.27bn for a global figure. Paramount had a release slate of only 10 titles compared to Lionsgate, whose top performer in 2013 was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($802m); while Paramount's top grossing film was Star Trek into Darkness ($467m).


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