Metacritic's First Annual Movie Studio Report Card

  • Publish Date: January 27, 2010
  • Comments: ↓ 14 user comments

20th Century Fox

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Metascore Breakdown
Good / So-So / Bad:
13,50,38
Summary of 2009 Films
Quality: Performance:
D A

While 20th Century Fox may have finished in fourth place in the domestic box office standings, that A grade for performance is the result of one singular achievement: an all-time record $2.4 billion in foreign receipts (breaking the previous high of $2.2 billion established by Warners in 2007).

Actually, Fox's fourth-place domestic ranking is a bit misleading, for the studio's domestic performance in 2009 was anything but disappointing. Fox's 16 releases from the past year averaged $103.8 million in domestic receipts (and counting), good for second place among the major studios. The News Corporation subsidiary also increased its market share from 10.5% in 2007 and 2008 to 13.2% in 2009, and was responsible for six of the 20 highest-grossing films of the year. Oh, and one of those films -- Avatar -- just happens to be the highest-grossing movie in history.

Fox may want to put some of that money into sprucing up its upcoming releases, as the studio performed miserably with critics in 2009. Only Avatar and the underperforming animated comedy The Fantastic Mr. Fox scored good reviews and high Metascores; no other Fox release topped the 50 mark. And it wasn't just critics; the studio's average 2009 user score of 5.4 (out of 10) was the lowest for any of the six major studios. Without an Avatar to bail it out, Fox may have to put better quality on the screen in 2010 if it wants to match its box office achievements of last year.

2009 Film Quality Overview - 20th Century Fox
Total Releases # Great # Awful Avg. Metascore Avg. User Score
16 2 2 43.1 5.4
Low - Median - High: 17 - 42 - 84 Score Distribution: 17,34.3,42,47.8,84

In the Score Distribution chart, half of all scores (from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile) fall within the shaded box, with the vertical line in the middle of the box representing the median. The Metascore is a weighted average of scores from top professional critics, on a scale from 0 (bad) to 100 (good). The User Score is an average of scores submitted by Metacritic users, on a scale from 0 (bad) to 10 (good).

2009 Performance Overview - 20th Century Fox
Category Total (in Millions) Rank Market Share
Domestic Gross $1,394 4th 13.2%
Foreign Gross $2,400 1st 23%
Per-Film Average Gross $103.8 2nd  
# of Hits (Domestic Gross > $100M) 6 films 1st  

Per-Film Average is the average domestic gross of all films released during 2009, and includes receipts through January 25, 2010 for films still in theaters. Rank indicates the studio's ranking among the six major studios. Sources: Box Office Mojo, The Hollywood Reporter, and Metacritic staff research.

2009 Releases for 20th Century Fox
Film Studio Domestic Gross* Metascore User Score
AvatarFox$551,741,499848.2
The Fantastic Mr. FoxFox$20,194,544838.0
Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursFox$196,573,705507.0
TakenFox$145,000,989507.7
Jennifer's BodyFox$16,204,793475.5
Dragonball EvolutionFox$9,362,785454.0
X-Men Origins: WolverineFox$179,883,157435.8
Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianFox$177,243,721425.6
Aliens in the AtticFox$25,200,412425.1
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The SqueakquelFox$204,140,348415.2
12 RoundsFox$12,234,694384.3
Post GradFox$6,380,019357.0
I Love You Beth CooperFox$14,800,725324.0
Bride WarsFox$58,715,510243.5
All About SteveFox$33,862,903173.4
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-LiFox$8,742,261172.7

* Domestic Gross includes box office receipts through January 25, 2010 for films still in theaters. The Metascore is a weighted average of scores from top professional critics, on a scale from 0 (bad) to 100 (good). The User Score is an average of scores submitted by Metacritic users, on a scale from 0 (bad) to 10 (good). Source for grosses: Box Office Mojo.

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Comments (14)

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  • djkparry  

    why is there no mention of Inglourious Basterds?

  • Lucas  

    Very interesting indeed. The only variable missing is the cost of each movie and a revenue/costs ratio.

  • Evan B.  

    Metacritic keeps getting better every day I come back to this website! Keep up the great articles, Metacritic!

  • John Busey  

    Go Zeitgeist! IV: I don't understand what your problem is. If the general public is rewarding the box office why can't critics, whose job it is to watch films all day long, reward what they like? Isn't that fair? I mean, if everyone liked the same thing you would be bored with that too. I think it's nice that critics and moviegoers are at odds. Keeps things interesting.

  • nathan  

    this is great! thank you for doing this..I've often thought this was an interesting topic to cover, just never thought anyone actually covered it this well. Great Job!

  • Collin  

    Regarding your assessment of Dr. Parnassus, I don't necessarily think it's the audiences fault that the film has failed to garner a substantial amount of money. It's the studio's promotion of the film. I haven't seen one advertisement on television, nor have I barely heard anything at all about it's release in the last few months. I know it's definitely an independent film, but the studio still could have (somewhat shamelessly) promoted more widely the fact that this was Ledger's last film, given it a wider release (it's had very limited showings in Sacramento), and then most certainly recoup the movie's budget domestically.

  • christi  

    Fantastic stuff! Well done!

  • IV  

    Yes, Metacritic's report LOOKS nice. However, it's FLAWED. Why? Check out the critics' scores under films, The Blind Side, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, etc. Moviegoers are the BEST CRITICS, not film critics. Until Metacritic develops a model that incorporates general audience reviews, their annual Studio Report Card will not mean much. Furthermore, how can non-major studios like Zeitgeist, Sony Classics get such high remarks and be taken seriously when their films DID NOT attract a wider audience. Previews and word-of-mouth are the top factors that draw moviegoers to the box office. So, it stands to reason that if a film released by non-majors are marketed to a niche "art house" audience. An audience that film critics tend to favor and identify with. Most film critics DO NOT identify with frequent moviegoers and vice versa. There are too many movies to count that critics panned but moviegoers LOVED repeatedly (and rewarded those films at the Box Office). And not talking about Transformers 2

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