National TV Airings, Spend, Impressions Down 23% To 36% In Q3 Vs. 2019 So Far

With a month to go before the end of the 2021 movie season, national TV advertising for theatrical movies continues to cautiously rise -- in terms of airings, impressions realized and estimated spending.

But all key advertising data is still well below a similar pre-pandemic 2019 period.

National TV airings are down 23% -- from Sept. 4 through Dec. 4 -- to 78,809 versus 102,978 in 2019, according to This has resulted in 26.2 billion impressions, down 36% (versus 40.9 billion in 2019).

Estimated national TV spending sank 26% lower than in 2019 -- to $292.4 million.

The most recent weekend -- coming just after Thanksgiving -- was a relatively quiet one, with North American box office at $51.4 million, according to Comscore.

For the previous three-day weekend Thanksgiving period -- ending November 28 -- it was at $97.3 million. The weekend before it was $83.8 million (Nov. 21), and $70.5 million before that (Nov. 14).



Disney’s “Encanto,” now in its second week, posted the best results for the most recent Dec. 3-5 weekend, at $12.7 million. Sony Pictures’ “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” in its third week of release, came in at $10.4 million. This was followed by MGM/UA’s “House of Gucci,” with $6.8 million.

Just one new movie debut made it into the top 10 of box-office revenue: Faith Media Distribution’s “Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers,” which earned $4.1 million.

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