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Webslinger Swings Sony to No. 1

9 Jan, 2003 By: Brendan Howard


What made Sony smile in 2002? Tobey Maguire in superhero tights.

Spider-Man made $403.7 million in theaters, more than any other film last year, according to Nielsen EDI. With more-than-$100-million Sony successes -- Men in Black II, Black Hawk Down, Mr. Deeds and XXX -- the distributor was No. 1 in cumulative box office market share for 2002, with a total of $1.55 billion.

Buena Vista was No. 2, thanks to more-than-$100-million movies Signs, Sweet Home Alabama, The Santa Clause 2 and Lilo & Stitch.

Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. tied for the No. 3 spot. For Fox, Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones battled for an impressive $310.1 million, with Ice Age and Minority Report pitching in. Warner got help from Scooby-Doo and a $240.3 million showing from just seven weeks of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Universal came in No. 5, with A Beautiful Mind (a 2001 debut), The Bourne Identity and 8 Mile pitching in more than $100 million each.

With just seven films in release, DreamWorks hit No. 8 in 2002.

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