MGM: Getting back to basics

Films tracked: 13 | Market share: 1.9%  | Boxoffice: $171.2 mil

MGM re-entered the distribution marketplace in 2006 with an ambitious slate. But Sylvester Stallone's return to the ring provided its sole hit. While "Rocky Balboa" packed a punch, finally giving the franchise which dates back 30 years a fitting send-off, the distributor's other titles -- supplied mostly by the Weinstein Co. and Bauer Martinez -- largely fizzled. The disappointments included the comedy "School for Scoundrels," the Hilary Duff vehicle "Material Girls" and the lowbrow sequel "Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj." The company hopes to attract awards attention for "Home of the Brave," "Bobby," "Factory Girl" and "Miss Potter." And it is looking to 2007, when it will open such wide releases as "Hannibal Rising," "Pleasure of Your Company" and "Rescue Dawn."

MGM releases Date Boxoffice
Lucky Number Slevin 4/7 $22.5
Clerks II 7/21 24.1
Material Girls 8/18 11.4
Flyboys 9/22 13.1
School for Scoundrels 9/29 17.8
Copying Beethoven 11/10 0.4
Harsh Times 11/10 3.3
Bobby 11/17 11.0
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj 12/1 4.3
Home of the Brave 12/15 0.006
Rocky Balboa 12/20 51.1
Black Christmas 12/25 12.1
Miss Potter 12/29 0.01

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.