Did you ever notice the name of movie production companies every time when you see a movie? Probably not many of you would do that. Actually now most blockbuster movies are produced by just a few famous names, which can be heard a lot through various channels. So, what are the Top Ten movie studios and what are their magnum opuses? If you are a filmgoer, follow us to take stock of them now.
DreamWorks Studios is a well-known film Processing, production, and distribution company. At the same time, it is also a video game and television program production company. In terms of the films produced or distributed by DreamWorks Studios, 2 is over $400 million and 5 is over $300 million in box office in North America. In just 10 years, it has more than 30 films that are more than $100 million.
The classic movies include Catch Me If You Can, The Ring, The Tuxedo, Vanilla Sky, Gladiator, The Haunting, Galaxy Quest, and so on.
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Paramount Pictures, Inc. is known for its logo of snow-capped mountains surrounded by stars. In fact, the mountains provide a precise analogy for the position of Paramount Pictures in the film industry. In its early 30 years, it has been sitting on the throne of Hollywood hegemony, thanks to a large number of stars, high-quality films, and theater chains across the United States.
The classic films include Titanic (1997), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Forrest Gump (1994), Shrek the Third (2007), Transformers (2007), Iron Man (2008), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Star Trek (2009), and more.
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
As a Canadian-American entertainment company, it originates from Vancouver, Canada. The headquarters is located in Santa Monica, California. And its branches are found in the UK, Colombia, the United States, and Canada. So far it is viewed as one of the most successful independent film and television program companies.
The classic films include American Psycho, Affliction, Gods and Monsters, Dogma, Fahrenheit 9/11, and so on.
20th Century Fox
As one of major film, television program distribution and production companies in the United States, 20th Century Fox is a subsidiary of News Corporation, which is owned by media magnate Rupert Murdoch. The headquarters is located in Los Angeles. It was found in 1935 by merging Fox Film Corporation and 20th Century Pictures. Currently it is one of the biggest players that possess the highest market share.
The most classic films are X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Avatar (2009), Life Of Pi (2012), Titanic (1997), The Marine (2006), Fantastic Four (2005), Alien vs. Predator (2004), etc.
Castle Rock Entertainment
Castle Rock Entertainment is an American film company, which mainly involves in the production of film and television programs. Founded in 1987 by Martin Shafer, Rob Reiner, Andy Scheinman, Glenn Padnick, and Alan Horn, initially it was an independent operating company but now is part of Time Warner.
The most classic films are When Harry Met Sally, Lord of the Flies, Misery, In the Line of Fire, Little Big League, Forget Paris, Striptease, Hamlet, The Spitfire Grill, and so on.
Universal Picture ranked second among the Big Eight and became the most powerful Hollywood film company at the very beginning. Even so, it reduced to second-class citizens in 1920s due to Carl Laemmle, its founder, only used his own funds to run the company and he lacked the help of the powerful theater chains.
In 1970s, it got back to the top. It cooperated perfectly with Spielberg, Lucas, and other famous directors to issue Jaws (1975), E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial) (1982), and later Jurassic Park (1993).
In the 21st century, it has become the big one that is good at developing sequels and comedy, for example, The Bourne Identity and Fast and Furious series.
Walt Disney Studios
This is a division of Disney. The Walt Disney Company, named after the founder of Walt Disney, is a large multinational company that is headquartered in the United States. Today’s empire was built on a foundation of Mickey Mouse in 1930s and it began to set foot in the field of live-action films in 1940s by acquiring Miramax, the independent giant in film industry, and Pixar, the 3D animation overlord. By doing so, it gradually consolidates its position as the top film companies.
The most famous films include Frozen (2013), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Up (2009), Toy Story 2 (1999), Tarzan (1999), The Lion King (1994), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and more.
Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group is Sony Pictures Entertainment’s flagship company for film production and sales. It is responsible for sales, distribution, and promotion of film products in the United States and 67 countries and territories worldwide. The history of Sony Pictures Entertainment in the film industry can be traced back to the original Columbia Pictures that was established in 1924. Currently, Columbia Pictures Corporation produces more than 30 films a year, and the recent products include Spider-Man series, Stuart Little, Charlie’s Angels, and Kung Fu, and so on.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures was founded by Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack. Harry was the first president. Warner Brothers established Warner Bros. studio in 1918 in Burbank and officially set up Warner Brothers Pictures On April 4, 1923. Now it has become the one with the largest funds among the Big Eight Hollywood’s film companies.
In 1990 it was acquired by Time Inc. and renamed as Time Warner. In 2010 it released Inception that broke US$100 million at the U.S. box office. And as of 2011 Harry Potter series have earned more than 7.4 billion U.S. dollars worldwide in box office revenue.
Hollywood Pictures is a film studio owned by the Walt Disney Company. Just like Disney’s Miramax and Touchstone studios, it makes the movies for the majority of adult viewers.
The famous films include Arachnophobia (1990), The Sixth Sense (1999), Stay Alive (2006), Mystery, Alaska (1999), and more.