Every week, “Charts & Graphs” looks past the weekend box-office numbers to examine other lists of movies that are popular right now, as assessed by the likes of iTunes, Amazon, Box Office Mojo, and other services.
Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter posted a story about about Hollywood’s alarming domestic summer box office decline (down 15% from last year), and how the studios’ collective bacon has been saved by a robust performance in several overseas markets. The Hollywood Reporter posted these numbers in a pair of graphics, which I’ve combined and reproduced below as text. The number in the first parenthesis represents that country’s total summer box office; the number in the second parenthesis represents the total summer box office of the most popular Hollywood movie in that country.
China: +32% ($3.55B)
Transformers: Age Of Extinction ($301M)
Brazil: +17% ($605M)
France: +11.4% ($988M)
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes ($33M)
Hong Kong: +11% ($110M)
Transformers: Age Of Extinction ($13M)
Japan: +5% ($750M)
South Korea: +2.4% ($733M)
Spain: +2% ($314M)
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes ($17.3M)
Italy: +1.5% ($350M)
Mexico: -3% ($670M)
Australia: -7.5% ($473M)
The Lego Movie ($28M)
Germany: -8% ($760M)
Transformers: Age Of Extinction ($38M)
UK: -8% ($1.9B)
The Lego Movie ($57M)
Russia: -8.6% ($636M)
Transformers: Age Of Extinction ($45M)
A few notes:
- As The Hollywood Reporter story points out, the downward trend in European markets has to be somewhat concerning to the U.S. studios, because it reflects what they’re seeing at home, and suggests that moviegoing habits are changing all over.
- The article also says that it may be a mistake to assume that the big uptick from China is going to make up long-term for the domestic drop, because the studios get a smaller percentage from Chinese tickets than they do at home.
- What do we make of which movies are floating these countries’ respective boats? Why do Mexico, Brazil, and Italy like Maleficent so much? What’s behind the success of Dawn In The Planet Of The Apes in France and Spain? When will there be a list of currently popular movies or movie-related things that doesn’t include Frozen?