Metacritic's First Annual Movie Studio Report Card

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

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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Summary of 2009 Films
Metascore Breakdown
Good / So-So / Bad:
31,56,13
Quality: Performance:
C C+

Although Disney finished in fifth place in domestic receipts among the six major studios, 2009 was a solid year for the studio, marking an improvement (by over $200 million) over a last-place 2008 performance. Disney experienced similar growth overseas, boasting its fifth-best year ever in foreign receipts.

The studio will continue to increase its total output of films -- especially live-action movies -- in 2010, thanks in part to a new five-year distribution deal with DreamWorks. As part of that deal, Disney's Touchstone unit will release six DreamWorks films this year.

Disney can boast the best overall quality out of all major studios in 2009, with a decent average Metascore of 55.3 and two "great" releases: the animated hit Up and the Japanese import Ponyo. In fact, animation appears to be what Disney still does best; only one of its animated films -- the guinea pig spy adventure G-Force -- failed to connect with reviewers or Metacritic users. The studio fared poorly when it attempted to make movies for more adult audiences, however, with comedies Confessions of a Shopaholic and Old Dogs tanking with audiences and critics (although the Sandra Bullock rom-com The Proposal at least made money).

2009 Film Quality Overview - Disney
Total Releases # Great # Awful Avg. Metascore Avg. User Score
16 2 1 55.3 6.1
Low - Median - High: 19 - 50 - 88 Score Distribution: 19,44.5,50,72.3,88

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 - Disney
Category Total (in Millions) Rank Market Share
Domestic Gross $1,229 5th 11.6%
Foreign Gross $1,685 4th 16%
Per-Film Average Gross $72.4 4th  
# of Hits (Domestic Gross > $100M) 4 films 5th  

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 Disney
Film Studio Domestic Gross* Metascore User Score
UpDisney/Pixar$293,004,164889.0
Ponyo Walt Disney $15,090,399867.5
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' StoryWalt Disney $55,513 788.5
The Princess and the FrogWalt Disney $99,248,026738.3
Earth [2009]Disneynature$32,011,576725.4
A Christmas Carol [2009]Walt Disney $137,816,456557.6
Walt & El GrupoWalt Disney $20,521 55n/a
Race to Witch MountainWalt Disney $67,172,594527.0
The ProposalTouchstone$163,958,031486.9
Hannah Montana The MovieWalt Disney $79,576,189474.7
SurrogatesTouchstone$38,577,772455.8
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert ExperienceWalt Disney $19,162,740452.0
X Games 3D The MovieWalt Disney $1,391,434437.0
G-ForceWalt Disney $119,436,770413.8
Confessions of a ShopaholicTouchstone$44,277,350383.8
Old DogsWalt Disney $48,157,476194.2

* 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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