U.S. box office receipts could drop around 5% to $10.2 billion, according to Rentrak. Some blame goes to other entertainment diversions, such as the World Cup earlier this summer. Also, July 4th — a big moviegoing day — landed on Friday, a big movie day of the week.
Other estimates position a slightly worse scenario: ShowBuzzDaily.com says the business is looking at a 7% decline as of December 28 — down to $9.4 billion from $10.06 billion. The previous low was $9.14 billion in 2011.
The big studio winner, according to ShowBuzzDaily, was 20th Century Fox, at $1.942 billion. Next comes Warner Bros. at $1.564 billion, followed by Walt Disney, $1.516 billion; Universal Pictures, $1.298 billion; Sony Pictures Entertainment, $1.250 billion; Paramount, $974 million; and Lionsgate/Summit, $728 million. (ShowBuzzDaily defines the start of each year as the first Monday after New Year’s Day, and ends on the Sunday after New Year’s Day the following calendar year.)
The biggest movies in the U.S. for 2014: “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” (Lionsgate/Summit, $352 million); “Guardian of the Galaxy” (Disney, $333 million); “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (Warner Bros’, $297 million); “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Disney, $260 million); “The LEGO Movie” (Warner Bros’, $258 million); and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (Paramount, $245 million).
The overall worldwide leader in revenue for 2014 is “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (Paramount, $1.087 billion). Then comes “Guardian of the Galaxy” (Disney, $772 million); “Maleficent” (Disney, $758 million); and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (Fox, $746 million).