Metacritic's 4th Annual Movie Studio Report Card

  • Publish Date: February 12, 2013
  • Comments: ↓ 1 user comment

Sony/Columbia (incl. Screen Gems and TriStar)

Image Quality: C Score
Critics Users Metascore Distribution
(19 releases):

56.6 6.4
Performance: A Score Trend:

While it was a banner year for the studio at the box office (led by the highest-grossing 007 film to date in Skyfall, just the seventh movie ever to pass the $1.1 billion mark in worldwide grosses), Sony's 2012 releases weren't consistently popular with movie critics. Still, after recording the lowest average Metascore among the major studios in 2011, last year looks like a major improvement from a quality standpoint, with Sony's average Metascore up by nearly 10 points.

Sony released three films with Metascores of 81 or higher in 2012 (a figure that suggests major acclaim from critics), up from just one the year before. And its crop of decent films even included a pleasant surprise or two (most notably, the TV adaptation 21 Jump Street). The studio's non-pleasant non-surprises included yet another critically panned Adam Sandler comedy (That's My Boy) and a poorly reviewed sequel (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) to a poorly reviewed original (Ghost Rider). Even with those missteps, however, Sony managed to cut its number of negatively reviewed films in half from 2011 to 2012.

Interestingly, Sony's $1,792 million domestic gross in 2012—good for first place among all studios, though Sony had the advantage of releasing more films than any other major distributor—would have finished in third place the year before. And the aforementioned That's My Boy was one of several commercial duds last year. Still, with a company-record box office haul (and did we mention Skyfall?), 2012 was a year to remember for the studio. However, it may be difficult for Sony to repeat as box office champs in 2013, with only sure-thing The Smurfs 2 and possibly White House Down or the more intriguing Elysium looking like potential major hits in the coming months.

2012 Releases for Sony
Film Studio Domestic Gross* Metascore User Score
Zero Dark ThirtyColumbia Pictures$78,109,343956.5
LooperTriStar Pictures$66,486,205847.8
SkyfallColumbia Pictures$302,823,504817.5
The Pirates! Band of MisfitsColumbia Pictures$31,051,126736.9
21 Jump StreetColumbia Pictures$138,447,667697.5
Premium RushColumbia Pictures$20,275,446667.0
The Amazing Spider-ManColumbia Pictures$262,030,663667.2
Hope SpringsColumbia Pictures$63,536,011656.6
Men in Black IIIColumbia Pictures$179,020,854586.9
Sparkle (2012)TriStar Pictures$24,397,469545.6
Think Like a ManScreen Gems$91,547,205516.0
Hotel TransylvaniaColumbia Pictures$145,321,690476.8
The VowScreen Gems$125,014,030435.9
Total Recall (2012)Columbia Pictures$58,877,969435.9
Here Comes the BoomColumbia Pictures$45,064,663406.0
Resident Evil: RetributionScreen Gems$42,345,531395.2
Underworld: AwakeningScreen Gems$62,321,039396.4
Ghost Rider: Spirit of VengeanceColumbia Pictures$51,774,002324.5
That's My BoyColumbia Pictures$36,931,089315.4

* Domestic Gross includes box office receipts through February 4, 2013 for films still in theaters. Source: Box Office Mojo.

Comments (1)

  • adolfGarlic  

    Clickable links to show the films that each studio made (and which are described on Metacritic) please! (for the film quality assessment chart)

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