Buena Vista: Riding summer's wave

Films tracked: 25 | Market share 16.1%: Boxoffice: $1.5 bil

Buena Vista, the distribution arm of Walt Disney Studios, owned the summer with its top two releases, the rousing sequel "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Cars," from Pixar Animation Studios. In the fall, such movies as "The Prestige" "Deja Vu" and "Invincible" all performed solidly, and the studio even managed to open the violent "Apocalypto" at No. 1 despite the hot-button controversy surrounding the movie's director, Mel Gibson. The year also marked the ascendancy of Oren Aviv from his position of head of marketing to head of production, replacing the outgoing Nina Jacobson, as Disney focussed ever more intently on family-friendly films like "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" and a promise to trim its future release schedules to concentrate on its strengths.

Buena Vista releases Date Boxoffice
Glory Road 1/13 $42.6
Annapolis 1/27 17.1
Roving Mars 1/27 5.9
Eight Below 2/17 81.6
The Shaggy Dog 3/10 61.1
Stay Alive 3/24 23.1
The Wild 4/14 37.4
Stick It 4/28 26.9
Goal! The Dream Begins 5/12 4.3
Cars 6/9 244.1
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man?s Chest 7/7 423.3
Step Up 8/11 65.3
Invincible 8/25 57.8
The Guardian 9/29 60.0
The Prestige 10/20 52.5
Tim Burton?s the Nightmare Before Christmas 10/20 8.7
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 11/3 83.7
Deja Vu 11/22 61.9
Apocalypto 12/8 44.0
Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 12/9/05 66.0
Chicken Little 11/4/05 3.1
Shopgirl 10/21/05 0.2
Flightplan 9/23/05 0.5
Aliens of the Deep 1/28/05 1.2
Casanova 12/25/05 10.3

The boxoffice and market share for each distributor represents tickets sales from Jan. 3, 2006, through Jan. 1, 2007, inclusive. "Films tracked" represents the total number of films, including 2005 releases that generated ticket sales for each distributor. For 2005 releases, only boxoffice returns from 2006 are reported.



2006 BOXOFFICE WRAP

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