At Sony it’s hard not to compare 2003 with 2002, but as Columbia Pictures chairwoman Amy Pascal admits, “Nothing was 2002.”
Yet even without a “Spider-Man,” the studio did hit the billion-dollar mark in domestic and international B.O. numbers for the second year in a row, ending the year in the No. 2 slot.
Success was due to solid doubles like “S.W.A.T.” and “Bad Boys 2,” and pics that shone overseas, such as “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” It grossed $140 million abroad, compared with over $100 million Stateside.
“Something’s Gotta Give” finished off the year with a boffo opening weekend, surprising skeptics who didn’t see numbers in a middle-age love story.
The studio is eager to bring on 2004, though, with all eyes on the Spidey sequel, which it’s hoping can repeat the magic of its predecessor.
Also on the slate are the Adam Sandler laffer “50 First Kisses,” James L. Brooks’ “Spanglish” and “Bewitched.”
Col partner Revolution Studios had a more forgettable year with duds like “Gigli” and “Hollywood Homicide,” but still pulled in at the box office. The studio has vowed to cut back its slate to six films annually.