Buena Vista continues as the distrib to beat in market share, per the latest Daily Variety computation through April 4. BV was also in top position exactly one year ago.
Otherwise, the deck has shuffled considerably, especially Paramount, which was second (14.7%) after the first quarter in 1992, but finished that same period in ninth this year.
Currently in second place is Warner Bros., which ranked fifth (11.5%) at this point a year ago, yet went on to finish 1992 on top with 19.8%, just ahead of BV’s 19.4%.
Columbia was seventh (6.2%) a year back, but has vaulted to third, pushing Universal and Fox down a notch apiece. U and Fox a year ago held 14% and 11.6%, respectively.
While Col has soared, TriStar has tumbled from sixth (10.9%) to 10th place. Another recent success story is Miramax, below the grass a year back, now sixth, fueled in no small part by the surprise success of “The Crying Game.” New Line was ahead of MGM last year, too.
At this time of year, market share standings depend a lot on the strength of Christmas holdovers.