Metacritic's 2nd Annual Movie Studio Report Card

  • Publish Date: February 3, 2011
  • Comments: ↓ 2 user comments

Paramount (incl. DreamWorks)

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Summary of 2010 Films
Metascore Breakdown
Good / So-So / Bad:
4,8,1
Quality: Performance:
B– A–

If we had to pick an overall top studio last year, Paramount would get our vote. Sure, the studio finished in fourth place in global market share among the major studios, but it also placed second domestically -- and its foreign revenues were up nearly 50% versus 2009. But Paramount's biggest achievement in 2010 was in churning out hit after hit.

An impressive eight Paramount releases earned over $100 million in the U.S. last year, and six of those films grossed over $250 million worldwide. Leading the way were sequels Shrek Forever After and Iron Man 2 and newcomer How to Train Your Dragon. Each of those films finished 2010 in among the 10 highest-grossing movies in the U.S., leaving Paramount tied with Disney for most top 10 films last year. And no studio could match Paramount's domestic per-film average of $116 million in 2010. Of course, for each of these films, Paramount can't take all the credit; Shrek, Dragon, and fellow animated hit Megamind were all distributed by Paramount but made by DreamWorks Animation, and the Iron Man sequel was co-produced by Marvel, a Disney subsidiary.

Paramount was also able to balance commercial success with quality last year, leading all major studios in average Metascore. Only one poorly-reviewed film went out under the Paramount banner, and even that turned out to be an international hit: M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. The studio also earned an impressive 21 Academy Award nominations, and was responsible for two best picture nominees: True Grit and The Fighter.

2010 Film Quality Overview - Paramount
Total Releases # Great # Awful Avg. Metascore Avg. User Score
14 0 0 58.6 6.9
Low - Median - High: 20 - 57.5 - 80 Score Distribution: 20,56,57.5,63,80

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).

2010 Releases for Paramount
Film Studio Worldwide Gross* Metascore User Score
True GritParamount$150,713,399807.9
The FighterParamount$83,527,866798.2
How to Train Your DragonDreamWorks Anim.$494,878,75974 9.0
MegamindDreamWorks Anim.$315,825,726637.5
Shutter IslandParamount$294,803,014637.4
Middle MenParamount$754,30160n/a
Shrek Forever After DreamWorks Anim. $749,952,787586.8
Iron Man 2 Paramount/Marvel$622,056,974576.8
Morning GloryParamount$46,686,565576.4
Jackass 3-DParamount$169,987,212567.3
Dinner for SchmucksDreamWorks$86,406,677566.2
Paranormal Activity 2Paramount$171,637,90751 6.0
She's Out of My LeagueDreamWorks$48,814,397466.9
The Last AirbenderParamount$319,123,021203.1

* Worldwide Gross includes box office receipts through January 30, 2010 for films still in theaters. Source for grosses: Box Office Mojo.

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Comments (2)

  • G Pay  

    Where does Focus Features fit into this?

  • Mitch Tough  

    Tough year for Universal.... again! Who the heck is picking movies over there. There's got to be one dude in a little bungalow - like Tim Robbins' character in "The Player" who greenlights movies. Seriously - an abysmal job. Then again, this year truly sucked for movies on the whole. The King's Speech is the favorite for best picture? Wow. Good little flick - heartwarming, but it didn't stun me with its greatness by any stretch. I put it all on these movie studio execs. Pick better movies to make!

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