Warner Bros. (incl. New Line)
Though Warners' box office grosses declined for the third straight year in 2012, the studio still performed strongly enough to capture second place in global market share last year. For that, the studio can thank billion-dollar grossing The Dark Knight Rises as well as the first Hobbit film, which is closing in on $1 billion itself. Still, as in 2011, WB found itself with multiple flops in 2012, including the ambitious but flawed Cloud Atlas and the musical Rock of Ages.
Despite releasing fewer films last year than the year before, Warner Bros. wasn't really able to increase the quality of its output. True, the studio's average Metascore ticked up slightly (by less than a point) compared to 2011. But just three of Warners' 17 releases received positive reviews—a 17% success rate that is even lower than the previous year's already dismal figure. That said, the studio's best-reviewed 2012 release—Ben Affleck's Argo—is looking increasingly likely to win this year's best picture Oscar.
Will 2013 bring better films, or at least an end to slipping box office grosses? The latter scenario seems extremely likely, with Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, a third Hangover film, and a second Hobbit movie among the potential hits on this year's release calendar. The quality issue is more uncertain, with curiosities like Baz Luhrmann's 3D take on The Great Gatsby and Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi project Gravity some of the more intriguing question marks due in 2013.
|Film||Studio||Domestic Gross*||Metascore||User Score|
|Argo||Warner Bros. Pictures||$120,556,271||86||8.4|
|The Dark Knight Rises||Warner Bros. Pictures||$448,139,099||78||8.4|
|Magic Mike||Warner Bros. Pictures||$113,721,571||72||5.7|
|Trouble with the Curve||Warner Bros. Pictures||$35,763,137||58||6.2|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Warner Bros. Pictures||$296,348,737||58||8.2|
|Dark Shadows||Warner Bros. Pictures||$79,727,149||55||5.5|
|Cloud Atlas||Warner Bros. Pictures||$27,108,272||55||8.2|
|The Campaign||Warner Bros. Pictures||$86,907,746||50||6.1|
|Project X||Warner Bros. Pictures||$54,731,865||48||5.6|
|To the Arctic 3D **||Warner Bros. Pictures||$11,081,390||48||n/a|
|Rock of Ages||New Line Cinema||$38,518,613||47||5.9|
|Joyful Noise||Warner Bros. Pictures||$30,932,113||44||6.4|
|Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||New Line Cinema||$103,860,290||41||5.9|
|The Lucky One||Warner Bros. Pictures||$60,457,138||39||5.2|
|Wrath of the Titans||Warner Bros. Pictures||$83,670,083||37||5.2|
|Chernobyl Diaries||Warner Bros. Pictures||$18,119,640||32||4.4|
|The Apparition||Warner Bros. Pictures||$4,936,819||18||4.1|