20th Century Fox
It's a good thing Fox has those American Idol revenues to support its ailing film business. (Uh oh.) Because that film business is very sick indeed; Fox was the only major studio not to reach $1 billion in domestic grosses last year, and its U.S. receipts dropped an astounding 34% compared to 2010. So why does the studio get a D+ performance grade and not even lower? Its foreign grosses in 2011—though down 24%—were good enough for fourth place among the six majors, and the studio had several global hits including a surprisingly good Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($481 million worldwide), Rio ($484 million), and X-Men: First Class ($353 million). Of course, Fox also put its brand on one of the year's most invisible wide releases (The Big Year) and received disappointing results from its Glee concert film and its latest Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel.
It might be tempting to blame Fox's fall from third place to sixth place in domestic market share on a lack of quality films, but the studio actually released two more positively reviewed movies in 2011 than it did in all of 2010. Of course, when you look at the list of titles below, good reviews do not appear to have been Fox's goal in the first place, and it's not surprising to find the studio lacking any best picture nominees or finishing the year ranked fifth out of the six majors in average Metascore. That 48.3 average, by the way, is actually identical to Fox's mark in 2010, so at least their films aren't actually getting worse.
Fox's best hope for box office success in 2012 lies in the Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi film Prometheus and yet another Ice Age film, both due this summer. Otherwise, the studio's 2012 slate looks rather unimpressive, from a quality and a box office standpoint.
|Film||Studio||Domestic Gross*||Metascore||User Score|
|Rise of the Planet of the Apes||20th Century Fox||$176,760,185||68||7.9|
|X-Men: First Class||20th Century Fox||$146,408,305||65||7.8|
|Rio||20th Century Fox||$143,619,809||63||7.2|
|We Bought a Zoo||20th Century Fox||$71,772,806||58||7.1|
|The Big Year||Fox 2000 Pictures||$7,204,138||53||7.9|
|Mr. Popper's Penguins||20th Century Fox||$68,224,452||53||6.2|
|In Time||20th Century Fox||$37,511,584||53||5.9|
|Water for Elephants||20th Century Fox||$58,709,717||52||7.1|
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules||20th Century Fox||$52,698,535||51||7.5|
|Glee: The 3D Concert Movie||20th Century Fox||$11,862,398||48||5.0|
|Angel of Evil **||20th Century Fox||n/a||48||n/a|
|Monte Carlo||Fox 2000 Pictures||$23,186,769||43||5.2|
|The Sitter||20th Century Fox||$30,212,447||39||5.5|
|What's Your Number?||20th Century Fox||$14,011,084||35||4.7|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||20th Century Fox||$127,111,699||24||3.7|
|Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son||20th Century Fox||$37,915,414||22||4.0|