Sony Pictures: Cracking a winning code

Films tracked: 30 | Market share 18.6% | Boxoffice: $1.7 bil

Sony Pictures enjoyed a record-breaking 13 bows at No. 1 in 2006, capping off a spectacular reversal from its dismal performance in 2005. With such bonanzas as "The Da Vinci Code," "Casino Royale" (a co-production with MGM) and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," the Culver City studio easily bested the previous record of eight top-spot openers in a year for a distributor. With a diverse slate, Sony covered its demographic bases and also boasted some awards-season contenders with "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Monster House." Although it will be tough to eclipse its 2006 showing, Sony has the makings of a monster year looming with one of the summer's most anticipated films, "Spider-Man 3."

Sony Pictures releases Date Boxoffice
Underworld: Evolution (Screen Gems) 1/10 $62.3
When a Stranger Calls (Screen Gems) 2/3 47.9
The Pink Panther 2/10 82.2
Freedomland 2/17 12.5
The Second Chance 2/17 0.4
Ultraviolet (Screen Gems) 3/3 18.5
Basic Instinct 2 3/31 5.9
The Benchwarmers 4/7 57.7
Silent Hill 4/21 47.0
RV 4/28 71.4
The Da Vinci Code 5/19 217.5
Click 6/23 137.3
Little Man 7/14 58.3
Monster House 7/21 73.7
Talladega Nights: Ballad of Ricky Bobby 8/4 148.2
Zoom 8/11 11.6
Crossover 9/1 7.0
The Covenant (Screen Gems) 9/8 23.3
Gridiron Gang 9/15 38.4
All the King?s Men 9/22 7.2
Open Season 9/29 84.3
The Grudge 2 10/13 39.1
Marie Antoinette 10/20 16.0
Running With Scissors 10/20 6.8
Stranger Than Fiction 11/10 40.1
Casino Royale 11/17 154.9
The Holiday 12/8 52.1
The Pursuit of Happyness 12/15 104.5
Fun With Dick and Jane 12/21/05 45.7
Memoirs of a Geisha 12/9/05 26.4

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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