Mixed Domestic Box Office in 201430 Dec, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Fox, Sony, Paramount see revenue gains
With the last hours of the 2014 domestic box office upon us, the year will end with about 6% less in revenue than the year before at more than $10.2 billion.
Twentieth Century Fox Studios ended the year as the top-grossing studio with more than $1.7 billion in ticket sales — up 66% from revenue of $1.06 billion in 2013. Top movies included X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Interestingly, beleaguered Sony Pictures Entertainment ended the year up 9% with revenue of nearly $1.3 billion — largely on the back of perennial studio favorite The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Paramount Pictures saw revenue spike 8% to $1.04 billion from Transformers: Age of Extinction, among others.
On the flipside, Lionsgate, which had the top-grossing theatrical title in 2013 with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, saw domestic revenue in 2014 plummet 32% to $730 million from more than $1 billion in 2013. The mini-major’s top film was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1.
Universal Pictures generated $1.09 billion in ticket sales, down 26% from $1.4 billion in 2013. Top movie was Neighbors with $150 million.
Warner Bros., the top domestic studio in 2013, saw box office revenue drop 17% to $1.5 billion led by The Lego Movie with $257.76 million in ticket sales. Walt Disney Studios, which had the top theatrical release in 2014 with Guardians of the Galaxy at $332.86 million, saw domestic revenue drop 7% to $1.59 billion.