Metacritic's First Annual Movie Studio Report Card

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  • Publish Date: January 27, 2010

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)

  • Pearl  

    This is an excellent report- well researched and written, AND VERY INTERESTING TOO.

  • Marc Doyle  

    Congrats to Warner. It's great to see some high Metascoring films (esp. The Hangover) do well at the box office. It's great to see the quality breakdown juxtaposed with the box office results.

  • Nick  

    This is fascinating. The color-coded numbers, the great stats--I'm thoroughly enjoying the new MetaCritic. As for the actual stats, I was surprised by Weinstein and Fox Searchlight. I thought they both put out mostly better than average movies. Guess not.

  • Dorothy Ivan  

    Wow! I'm blown away by this amazing report. Keep them coming.

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