Metacritic's First Annual Movie Studio Report Card

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

Paramount (incl. DreamWorks)

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Summary of 2009 Films
Metascore Breakdown
Good / So-So / Bad:
38,46,15
Quality: Performance:
C A–

Paramount got more bang for its buck than any other studio in 2009. While it released the fewest number of films -- just 13 -- out of the six major studios, Paramount's average gross for those films was $112.6 million, a number surpassed by no one last year.

That stellar per-film average translated into almost $1.5 billion in domestic releases, good for a nearly 14% market share and second place among all studios. Paramount's domestic success didn't translate as well overseas, however; hits like Star Trek fared poorly in foreign markets, and the studio finished in fifth place in overseas receipts (after a first-place finish in 2008).

Most of Paramount's releases in 2009 were DreamWorks productions, but that will change in 2010, since Paramount's distribution deal with DreamWorks is reaching its end date. (Beginning later this year, Disney's Touchstone unit will handle distribution for DreamWorks live-action films, although Paramount will continue distributing films from DreamWorks Animation).

Thanks in large part to those DreamWorks titles, Paramount's overall film quality -- though not stellar -- was near the top of all major studios. The studio notched two "great" titles (with scores above 81) -- Star Trek and Academy Award contender Up in the Air -- and managed to release only two truly bad movies all year. And those twin critical failures -- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra -- were still box office successes.

2009 Film Quality Overview - Paramount
Total Releases # Great # Awful Avg. Metascore Avg. User Score
13 2 0 55.2 6.0
Low - Median - High: 32 - 54 - 83 Score Distribution: 32,42,54,68,83

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 - Paramount
Category Total (in Millions) Rank Market Share
Domestic Gross $1,476 2nd 13.9%
Foreign Gross $1,310 5th 12%
Per-Film Average Gross $112.6 1st  
# of Hits (Domestic Gross > $100M) 5 films 3rd  

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 Paramount
Film Studio Domestic Gross* Metascore User Score
Star Trek Paramount/Spyglass $257,730,019837.9
Up in the Air DreamWorks $69,245,369836.6
I Love You, ManDreamWorks$71,440,011707.6
Paranormal Activity Paramount/DreamWorks $107,918,810685.1
The SoloistDreamWorks$31,720,158617.2
Monsters Vs. Aliens DreamWorks Animation $198,351,526566.8
Imagine That Paramount/Nickelodeon $16,123,323545.3
Hotel for DogsDreamWorks$73,034,460514.0
The UninvitedDreamWorks$28,596,818436.7
The Lovely BonesDreamWorks$31,242,633427.0
Dance Flick Paramount/MTV Films $25,662,155402.6
Transformers: Revenge of the FallenDreamWorks$402,111,870355.9
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Paramount/Spyglass $150,201,498325.5

* 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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