Showbiz Sandbox 306: Deconstructing the 2015 Movie Box Office

January 4, 2016


Few, if any, can rival Paul Dergarabedian when it comes to analyzing the film industry’s global box office. Rentrak’s senior media analyst has been running movie numbers for upwards of 20 years now and is a regularly quoted box office pundit. Dergarabedian joins us to discuss how 2015 turned into a record breaking year at the box office all over the world.

We cover everything from how the winners at last year’s box office left little for the losers to the increasing role social media plays in the fortunes of any given movie, from the importance of international grosses to the record shattering “Star Wars” sequel. One big question is how 2016 could ever top last year’s figures or if that even matters.

We wind up in the music business where lawsuits are always a good indication on the issues affecting the industry. Two big new lawsuits target Spotify and Ticketmaster. We’ll explain what they are all about… and predict if they will actually make it to trial.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including why The Beatles agreed to put their music on streaming services, how Taylor Swift’s concert tour topped the charts last year and the sexual assault charge against Bill Cosby.


Rentrak Weekly Worldwide Box Office….

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Crosses $100M Milestone in Imax Theaters

Steven Spielberg Puts His Own Big Bucks Into the New Amblin Partners

Rentrak Reports 2015 Worldwide Box Office Sets New Record with $38 Billion-Plus

China Box Office Grows Astonishing 48.7 Percent in 2015, Hits $6.78 Billion

Box Office 2015: How Revenue (Narrowly) Hit a Record $11B in the U.S.

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Push Disney Past $5 Billion Mark for First Time

Half Of Top-Grossing Films Worldwide Were Released In 2015

Hollywood Rules French Box Office in 2015

Italy Box Office 2015: ‘Inside Out’ Arrives on Top, Overall Revenue Jumps

Brazil on Track For Best B.O. Year in History

South Korea Sets Movie Attendance Record for Fifth Consecutive Year

Russia Box Office 2015: Mixed Fortunes as Hollywood Gains Share, But Ruble Falls

Hollywood’s Banner Year at the Box Office Masks a Procession of Flops

How The Beatles’ Streaming Marks a Turning Point for Digital Music

Christmas Brings Big Sales for Adele, Millions of Streams for the Beatles

Crowdfunded ‘Star Trek’ Movie Draws Lawsuit from Paramount, CBS

Postal Service Releasing ‘Star Trek’ Stamps

In World of Books, A Good Year For Paper….

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin misses last TV deadline for new book

Boost for US IPTV As Broadband Proliferates Across Country

Cosby Charged With Sex Assault…

Bill Cosby: Criminal Assault Charge Complicates Civil Lawsuit Battle

Cable News Ratings: CNN on the Rise in 2015; Fox News Channel Remains Dominant

In ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,’ a Black Actress Will Play Hermione

Columbia House Seeks Revival as Vinyl Finds New Groove

Musicians Sue Spotify for $150 Million Over Unpaid Royalties

Songkick Sues Live Nation, Ticketmaster For Abusing Power To Stop Direct To Fan Ticket Sales

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is 2015’s Highest Grossing Concert Tour By Far

Haskell Wexler, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 93

Vilmos Zsigmond, Cinematographer, Dies at 85

Lemmy Kilmister dies at 70; Motörhead singer helped pioneer hard rock

Natalie Cole, ‘Unforgettable’ Voice, Dies at 65

Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ Dies at 82


  • mgiltz

    Who wouldn’t love to chat about box office for a living? So beyond my envy of Paul Dergarabedian of Rentrak, it was fun to have him in the Sandbox so we could clarify 2015 box office. Yes, worldwide grosses are the only numbers that matter. No, it’s not a disaster that Disney and Universal dominated the box office — one or two studios USUALLY dominate the box office each year. Yes, China will be the #1 market for movies in the blink of an eye. To hear more, as well as our coverage of the rest of the entertainment news, check out our free podcast!