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Skyfall and Spider-Man help Sony Pictures to top of 2012 market share


Story by Jack Foley

SONY Pictures proved to be the most successful distributor of 2012 thanks to the success of its blockbusters Skyfall and The Amazing Spider-Man.

The studio enjoyed its best year ever in terms of box office grosses both globally and in America.

World-wide, it posted figures of $4.4 billion, thanks in no small part to James Bond’s $1 billion global success, while in North America its titles generated $1.77 billion in revenue.

In all, the film company released six notable box office successes, with Skyfall leading the way, Spider-Man second and Men In Black 3 third, which earned $624 worldwide to make the top 10 hits of the year.

Animated comedy Hotel Transylvania also pulled in big numbers ($312.6 million), as did 21 Jump Street ($201.6 million) to complete the company’s grip on the marketplace.

The company also has Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained going strong in cinemas. The film opened ahead of expectation on Christmas Day and is continuing to bring in cinema-goers in the US. It opens in UK cinemas later this month.

Warner Bros. came second in worldwide and domestic market share with $4.25 billion, doubtless buoyed by The Dark Knight Rises (another $1 billion performer), while 20th Century Fox came third $3.7 billion thanks to successes including Ice Age 4 and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

Disney’s films generated $3.6 billion in global ticket sales, including $2.08 billion overseas. The company had the year’s best box office performer in Marvel Avengers Assemble but also one of the biggest flops of all-time in John Carter.

Universal also enjoying its best year ever in terms of box-office grosses, including $3.13 billion in worldwide ticket sales, while Paramount placed last of the big distributors with $2.4 billion in worldwide grosses – although they had a relatively quiet year in terms of tent-pole releases.

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