Now that summer is over and
Overall, for the period between May 1st and Labor Day, ticket sales in the
As for the studios themselves,
1. Warner Bros. – The studio led the charge this summer with about $1 billion in total grosses. Last year it had Dark Knight, but this summer belonged to another hit franchise with the latest installment in the seemingly endless Harry Potter franchise. Warner Bros. also scored the surprise hit of the summer when the The Hangover raked in an unexpected $270 million. Niche films, such as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, also did their part to pad the grosses.
3. Walt Disney – A healthy chunk of Disney’s summer grosses always comes from subsidiary Pixar and 2009 was no different. Up made about $290 million, which is close to half of Disney’s entire $604 million gross for the season. The Sandra Bullock comedy The Proposal did better than expected with $160 million. (Interestingly, Julia Roberts passed on the film and it ended up grossing more than her last two movies combined.)
4. Fox – Fox had a lot of ground to make up after a bleak 2008 filled with bombs such as Meet Dave and Space Chimps. Pulling in about $590 million is a good start. While none of the studio’s movies were gargantuan hits, they performed respectably enough to be deemed successful. (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, $193 million; X-Men Origins: Wolverine, $179 million; Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, $176 million.)
5. Sony – Sony’s performance was up and down all summer. Its $524 gross consisted of a marginal hit with Angels & Demons (it cost more to make and underperformed its predecessor, The Da Vinci Code) at the beginning of the season to niche successes later in the year (District 9, Julie and Julia). In the middle, Year One and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 didn’t make much noise.
6. Universal – Licking its wounds at the bottom of the list would be Universal, which put out films that either massively underperformed (Bruno, Public Enemies) or just flat out bombed (Funny People, Land of the Lost).