Universal: Staging a resurgence

2007 boxoffice: $1.1 bil | Market share: 11.4%

Crossing into $1 billion territory faster than any other year in its history, Universal, with executives Marc Shmuger and David Linde firmly at the helm, bettered its 2006 domestic boxoffice take by more than $300 million as it staged a resurgence. Where in 2006 it could point to only one $100 million grosser, the studio in 2007 saw five films cross that mark -- including the breakout summer comedy "Knocked Up" ($148.7 million) and the year-end awards hopeful "American Gangster" ($129.2 million). The third time was more than a charm for Paul Greengrass' "The Bourne Ultimatum," which scored the highest domestic gross ($227.5 million) of the three films in the hyperactive trilogy.

Universal 2007 boxofficeRelease dateBoxoffice
Alpha Dog1/12     15.2
Smokin' Aces1/26     35.6
Because I Said So2/2     42.6
Breach2/16     33.0
Dead Silence3/16     16.5
Peaceful Warrior3/30      2.9
Georgia Rule5/11     18.9
Knocked Up6/1    148.7
Evan Almighty6/22    100.3
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry7/20    119.7
The Bourne Ultimatum8/3    227.4
Illegal Tender8/24      3.1
Mr. Bean's Holiday8/24     32.6
Sydney White9/21     11.7
The Kingdom9/28     47.5
Elizabeth: The Golden Age10/12     16.3
American Gangster11/2    129.2
Charlie Wilson's War12/21    41.7
The Good Shepherd12/22/06     21.6
Children of Men12/25/06     34.0