Lionsgate: Roaring atop the pack

2006 boxoffice: $331.0 million

Grossing more than $331 million, Lionsgate not only improved upon its 2005 tally but moved into first place among the indie distributors. With its well-honed marketing savvy, the company perfected a shrewd mix of genre fare, comedy and even the occasional, challenging documentary. R-rated horror film "Saw III" generated $80.2 million to become the second-highest grosser in the trilogy. Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion," the second film with the multihyphenate, grossed $63.2 million. The only disappointment was the April release "Akeelah and the Bee," which didn't break through as the studio expected, given the promotional push it received from Starbucks. Last year also represented a turning point for Lionsgate as in-house productions dominated its release schedule for the first time, a trend expected to continue this year.

Lionsgate releases Date Boxoffice
Hostel 1/6 $47.3
A Good Woman 2/3 0.2
Madea's Family Reunion 2/24 63.2
Don't Tell 3/17 0.03
Larry the Cable Guy 3/24 15.7
Hard Candy 4/14 1.0
La Mujer De Mi Hermano 4/14 2.8
Akeelah and the Bee 4/28 18.8
See No Evil 5/19 15.0
Peaceful Warrior 6/2 1.1
Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man 6/21 1.0
The Descent 8/4 26.0
Crank 9/1 27.8
The U.S. vs. John Lennon 9/15 1.1
Employee of the Month 10/6 28.4
Deliver Us From Evil 10/13 0.2
Saw III 10/27 80.2
Crash 5/6/05 1.2

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.