Warner Bros. (incl. New Line)
After setting global box office records in 2009 and 2010, Warner Bros. had to settle for second place in both U.S. and foreign market share in 2011. It's actually the first time since 2007 that the studio didn't lead in domestic market share, and the second consecutive year that Warner's U.S. receipts have declined. Despite huge hits like the final Harry Potter film (2011's highest-grossing title) and, to a lesser extent, the second Hangover movie, Warner Bros. also experienced a surprisingly large number of flops last year. That list includes the studio's unnecessary remake of Arthur, stylized action film Sucker Punch, and the animated Happy Feet Two. And the studio was unable to launch a new superhero franchise in Green Lantern; though the film grossed nearly $220 million worldwide, that didn't come close to making it profitable.
Another lackluster 2011 performer for Warner Bros. was Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, which was a rare critical misfire for the director and was one of 16 releases (73%) for the studio to fail to earn a collective thumbs up from professional reviewers last year. Though the studio's average Metascore was actually a few points higher in 2011 than in 2010—and though it placed third among the major studios in overall quality—Warner films generally failed to excite critics last year, with only the Harry Potter film, Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, and the Steve Carell rom-com Crazy, Stupid, Love. generating much enthusiasm from reviewers among WB's major offerings. The studio did pick up an unexpected best picture nomination for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, however, though that film doesn't really qualify as "good."
The year ahead will be an interesting one for the studio. Warner could easily end up with the year's two highest-grossing films in The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. But other scheduled releases, such as Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, the Tom Cruise musical Rock of Ages, and Baz Luhrmann's 3D take on The Great Gatsby, could wind up either hits or expensive disasters.
|Film||Studio||Domestic Gross*||Metascore||User Score|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||Warner Bros.||$381,011,219||87||7.8|
|Crazy, Stupid, Love.||Warner Bros.||$84,351,197||68||7.3|
|Born to Be Wild **||Warner Bros.||$15,856,802||66||7.5|
|Dolphin Tale||Warner Bros.||$72,286,779||64||6.2|
|A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas||New Line Cinema||$35,061,031||61||7.1|
|J. Edgar||Warner Bros.||$37,174,517||59||6.6|
|Horrible Bosses||New Line Cinema||$117,538,559||57||7.0|
|Happy Feet Two||Warner Bros.||$63,109,313||50||5.2|
|Final Destination 5||Warner Bros.||$42,587,643||50||5.9|
|Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Warner Bros.||$182,547,473||48||7.4|
|Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close||Warner Bros.||$21,379,909||46||5.2|
|Hall Pass||New Line Cinema||$45,060,734||45||5.3|
|The Hangover Part II||Warner Bros.||$254,464,305||44||5.6|
|Green Lantern||Warner Bros.||$116,601,172||39||5.9|
|The Rite||New Line Cinema||$33,047,633||38||5.4|
|Something Borrowed||Warner Bros.||$39,046,489||36||5.1|
|Sucker Punch||Warner Bros.||$36,392,502||33||6.1|
|Red Riding Hood||Warner Bros.||$37,662,162||29||4.0|
|New Year's Eve||New Line Cinema||$54,263,014||22||4.6|