Movie Studios Reel In Better Box-Office Revs, NBCU Leads Charge

Boosted by a strong summer, major movie studios continued to see higher box-office revenue results.

The first week of the fall season has shown nearly a 22% rise to $145.8 million in U.S. box-office revenues, with year-to-date now up slightly, 1.1%, to $7.82 billion. The number of admissions up 1.5% to 977 million, per SNL Kagan.

Against the backdrop of NBCUniversal’s Universal Pictures having some big senior executive changes, the big movie producer/distributor continues to lead all major studios -- at $1.35 billion through 36 weeks, amassing a leading 17.2% market share, coming from 22 releases.

Time Warner’s Warner Bros. is close behind at $1.29 billion, with a 16.5% share, from 20 releases. Walt Disney is next at $1.16 billion, a 14.8% share from 12 films. 21st Century Fox is in fourth place $973 million, a 12.5% share from 21 films.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is next at $845.3 million, a 10.8% market share coming from 28 releases. Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, last of big six studios, is at $733.1 million, a 9.4% and 12 releases.

Five of six studios have seen higher revenue year to date versus a year ago, with only Sony behind last year’s results so far. At this time a year ago, Sony was at $1.26 billion, which led all studios. It had the fourth-largest grossing U.S. movie of a year ago with “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Leading the more independent studios, Lionsgate is at $488.9 million, which comes to a 6.3% share off of 17 films.

The five biggest pictures of 2013 so far: Disney’s “Iron Man 3” ($409 million); Universal’s “Despicable Me 2”;  Warner Bros. “Man of Steel” ($290 million); Disney’s “Monsters University” ($265 million); and Universal’s “Fast & Furious 6” ($238.7 million).



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