Sony/Columbia (incl. Screen Gems and TriStar)
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.
|Film||Studio||Domestic Gross*||Metascore||User Score|
|Zero Dark Thirty||Columbia Pictures||$78,109,343||95||6.5|
|The Pirates! Band of Misfits||Columbia Pictures||$31,051,126||73||6.9|
|21 Jump Street||Columbia Pictures||$138,447,667||69||7.5|
|Premium Rush||Columbia Pictures||$20,275,446||66||7.0|
|The Amazing Spider-Man||Columbia Pictures||$262,030,663||66||7.2|
|Hope Springs||Columbia Pictures||$63,536,011||65||6.6|
|Men in Black III||Columbia Pictures||$179,020,854||58||6.9|
|Sparkle (2012)||TriStar Pictures||$24,397,469||54||5.6|
|Think Like a Man||Screen Gems||$91,547,205||51||6.0|
|Hotel Transylvania||Columbia Pictures||$145,321,690||47||6.8|
|The Vow||Screen Gems||$125,014,030||43||5.9|
|Total Recall (2012)||Columbia Pictures||$58,877,969||43||5.9|
|Here Comes the Boom||Columbia Pictures||$45,064,663||40||6.0|
|Resident Evil: Retribution||Screen Gems||$42,345,531||39||5.2|
|Underworld: Awakening||Screen Gems||$62,321,039||39||6.4|
|Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance||Columbia Pictures||$51,774,002||32||4.5|
|That's My Boy||Columbia Pictures||$36,931,089||31||5.4|