2007 boxoffice: Dividing up the spoils

THE MAJORS: Studios carved themselves big slices of market share in '07

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From menacing Spartan warriors to chipper singing chipmunks, 2007's boxoffice attractions spanned the gamut. Following a heated summer, there was a cooling-off spell during the fall months, but the year still saw the domestic boxoffice gross climb to a record $9.62 billion.

As a result, when it came time for the major studios to carve up the pie, there were plenty of healthy slices to go around. For the first time ever, six studios crossed the $1 billion mark with their domestic tallies.

Read studio boxoffice wraps:
Paramount Pictures
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Walt Disney
Warner Bros. Pictures
20th Century Fox
Universal Studios
New Line Cinema
MGM

Paramount benefited mightily from its 2005 acquisition of DreamWorks because it was such DreamWorks titles as "Norbit" and "Blades of Glory" that put Paramount on a winning path in the spring. The studio got another shot of adrenaline by distributing DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek the Third," which captured $321 million domestically. By the Fourth of July weekend, the $319.1 million-grossing "Transformers," a DreamWorks/Paramount co-production, assured the Melrose Avenue studio's eventual victory. The only studio to boast two $300 million-plus grossers, Paramount could claim a final haul of $1.49 billion.

Warner Bros., which welcomed back "Harry Potter" to the screen last year, managed to stage a return to form after languishing in the middle of the pack in 2006 as it collected $1.42 billion. Fantasy of various stripes fueled the studio's lineup, with the magical "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" a predictable hit and the CG-augmented men of "300" and a near-solitary Will Smith in the futuristic "I Am Legend" both outperforming expectations.

Disney's summer was built around the final installment of its "Pirates" trilogy, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," and the latest hit from the Pixar imagineers, Brad Bird's "Ratatouille." But what helped Disney edge out Sony in the market-share race -- $1.36 billion compared with $1.24 billion -- was the November release of "Enchanted," which recycled Disney tropes for modern audiences, coupled with "National Treasure: Book of Secrets."

Sony, on the other hand, fielded the year's top-grossing movie, "Spider-Man 3," which climbed to the top of the heap with $336.5 million.

Universal significantly upped the ante compared with its 2006 showing as it took in $1.1 billion. The action-fueled "The Bourne Ultimatum," building on the success of its predecessors, crossed the $200 million mark.

Thanks to holiday audiences' warm embrace of "Alvin and the Chipmunks," Fox crossed the $1 billion finish line, with $1.01 billion.     
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