Warner Bros. Pictures: Getting back on its feet

Films tracked: 26 | Market share 11.6% | Boxoffice: $1.1 bil

After a waterlogged summer during which "Poseidon" and "Lady in the Water" sank and "Superman Returns" appeared to struggle to gain altitude, Warner Bros. Pictures' tentpole strategy rebounded in the latter part of the year with the animated feature "Happy Feet." As a result, the studio crossed the $1 billion mark in domestic revenue for the sixth year in a row. The critical and boxoffice hit "The Departed" has been collecting awards nominations, though such other year-end offerings as the fantasy-fueled "The Fountain" and the socially conscious "Blood Diamond" haven't fared as well. As Oscar season develops, in addition to "Departed," expectations are high for Clint Eastwood's "Letters From Iwo Jima," which the studio moved from a January release to a late-December limited release.

Warner Bros. releases Date Boxoffice
Firewall 2/10 $48.7
16 Blocks 3/3 36.9
Deep Sea 3-D 3/3 22.0
V for Vendetta 3/17 70.5
ATL 3/31 21.2
Poseidon 5/12 60.7
The Lake House 6/16 52.3
Superman Returns 6/28 200.1
Lady in the Water 7/21 42.3
The Ant Bully 7/28 28.1
Beerfest 8/25 19.2
The Wicker Man 9/1 23.6
The Departed 10/6 120.5
happy feet 11/17 178.3
The Fountain 11/22 10.0
Blood Diamond 12/8 37.6
Unaccompanied Minors 12/8 15.3
The Good German 12/15 0.5
Letters from Iwo Jima 12/20 0.4
We Are Marshall 12/22 27.5
Rumor Has It 12/25/05 16.1
Syriana 11/23/05 11.9
The Polar Express 11/23/05 3.7
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 11/18/05 12.9
North Country 10/21/05 0.05
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 10/21/05 0.02

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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