Warner Bros. (incl. New Line)
Good / So-So / Bad:
By any financial measure, Warner Bros. had a very good 2009. The studio finished in first place in overall market share for the second consecutive year, and also became the very first distributor to break the $2 billion domestic box office barrier.
Warner's domestic market share actually increased in 2009, from 2008's 18.4% to last year's 19.9%. Internationally, though the studio finished in third place, it collected another $1.85 billion.
Six Warner Bros. films topped the $100 million barrier (domestically), including the studio's two biggest hits of the year, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the somewhat unexpected comedy blockbuster The Hangover.
However, those two films were among just six Warner Bros. releases receiving mostly positive reviews from critics. (Indeed, Potter was Warner's best-reviewed film of the year.) The studio's C– quality grade stems from the fact that most of its releases fell deep within the "mediocre" category -- or worse. Yet those middling or negative reviews did not deter audiences from seeing many of these movies; The Blind Side and Sherlock Holmes are among several Warners releases that scored big box office in spite of less-than-glowing notices.
Warner's New Line label was responsible for many of those critically-shunned releases. The eight films -- mainly genre pictures and "chick flicks" -- released under the New Line banner received an average Metascore of just 42.3, and not one of those titles received generally favorable reviews from critics.
|Total Releases||# Great||# Awful||Avg. Metascore||Avg. User Score|
|Low - Median - High:||28 - 51.5 - 78||Score Distribution:||28,44.8,51.5,57.8,78|
|Category||Total (in Millions)||Rank||Market Share|
|Per-Film Average Gross||$81.8||3rd|
|# of Hits (Domestic Gross > $100M)||6 films||1st|
|Film||Studio||Domestic Gross*||Metascore||User Score|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Warner Bros.||$301,959,197||78||6.6|
|Under the Sea 3D||Warner Bros.||$19,733,883||77||5.4|
|The Hangover||Warner Bros.||$277,322,503||73||7.2|
|Where the Wild Things Are||Warner Bros.||$77,105,365||71||6.5|
|The Informant!||Warner Bros.||$35,389,564||66||5.5|
|The Invention of Lying||Warner Bros.||$18,451,251||58||5.4|
|Sherlock Holmes||Warner Bros.||$191,076,852||57||6.9|
|Observe and Report||Warner Bros.||$24,007,324||54||5.4|
|The Blind Side||Warner Bros.||$233,678,402||53||6.6|
|Terminator Salvation||Warner Bros.||$184,448,783||52||6.0|
|My Sister's Keeper||New Line||$49,200,230||51||6.0|
|17 Again||New Line||$64,167,069||48||5.6|
|He's Just Not That Into You||New Line||$93,953,653||47||6.1|
|The Time Traveler's Wife||New Line||$63,414,846||47||7.0|
|The Box||Warner Bros.||$15,051,977||47||4.2|
|Chandni Chowk to China||Warner Bros.||$921,738||44||5.5|
|Friday the 13th ||New Line||$65,002,019||34||6.8|
|Ghosts of Girlfriends Past||New Line||$55,250,026||34||4.7|
|Ninja Assassin||Warner Bros.||$38,038,354||34||6.7|
|The Final Destination||New Line||$66,477,700||30||4.8|