Sony/Columbia (incl. Screen Gems and TriStar)
Good / So-So / Bad:
Sony Pictures, which releases films under the Columbia, TriStar and Screen Gems labels, finished in third place for the second consecutive year, though it collected almost $200 million in additional domestic receipts compared to 2008. The studio also performed will internationally, taking in more than $2 billion from foreign box offices for the first time thanks in part to massive global hits like Michael Jackson's This Is It and 2012.
Domestically, Sony had five films break the $100 million barrier, although none of those films landed in the year's top 10, and only two (the aforementioned 2012, plus the unlikely January comedy hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop) placed in the top 20.
Although five of the studio's films received mostly positive welcomes from critics -- including Sony's best-reviewed film of the year, District 9 -- Sony released more bad movies than any other studio. Nine (43%) of the studio's 2009 releases received mostly negative reviews, and only one other major distributor (Fox) finished the year with a lower average Metascore than Sony's 47. The year's critical casualties included a number of abysmal comedies, including The Pink Panther 2, Year One, The Ugly Truth and Did You Hear About the Morgans?
|Total Releases||# Great||# Awful||Avg. Metascore||Avg. User Score|
|Low - Median - High:||25 - 44 - 81||Score Distribution:||25,34,44,55,81|
|Category||Total (in Millions)||Rank||Market Share|
|Per-Film Average Gross||$68.7||5th|
|# of Hits (Domestic Gross > $100M)||5 films||3rd|
|Film||Studio||Domestic Gross*||Metascore||User Score|
|Michael Jackson's This Is It||Columbia||$72,091,016||67||7.6|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Columbia||$124,870,275||66||7.7|
|Julie & Julia||Columbia||$94,125,426||66||7.3|
|The Taking of Pelham 123 ||Columbia||$65,452,312||55||6.2|
|Angels & Demons||Columbia||$133,375,846||48||5.9|
|Underworld: Rise of the Lycans||Screen Gems||$45,802,315||44||7.4|
|Not Easily Broken||Screen Gems||$10,572,742||43||7.6|
|Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Columbia||$146,336,178||39||5.0|
|The Pink Panther 2||Columbia||$35,922,978||36||4.3|
|The Stepfather ||Screen Gems||$29,062,561||33||5.5|
|Fired Up||Screen Gems||$17,231,291||31||5.5|
|The Ugly Truth||Columbia||$88,915,214||28||5.3|
|Did You Hear About the Morgans?||Columbia||$29,580,087||27||1.6|