With this weekend’s #1 release of The Pursuit of Happyness, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s box office receipts for 2006 have passed $1.573 billion, setting a new motion picture industry record for domestic box-office in a single year [...] The studio also launched 13 films to opening weekends of more than $20 million, another industry record, and surpassed more than $3 billion in global ticket sales for the first time.
What has Sony distributed this year? Pink Panther. R.V. The Holiday. Silent Hill. Underworld: Evolution. When a Stranger Calls. The DaVinci Code. Click. Talk about bragging rights! These movies got an average 38.5 rating (out of 100) on Metacritic, and four of them mark the nadirs of careers (those of Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Adam Sander and Tom Hanks). Guess this says more about our gullibility as an audience than about Sony's marketing prowess. Line your coffers, folks. One day you'll launch a terrible movie and we won't go see it.