B.O.: $317 million
Top pic: “1408,” $71 million
Exec suite: Harry Sloan, CEO; Rick Sands, COO; Charlie Cohen, exec VP.
Analysis: Harry Sloan’s newly configured MGM certainly is prolific. In fact, its release sked is downright dizzying, it’s so packed. Through its various output deals — including the Weinstein Co., Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore — MGM has released 24 titles since Labor Day last year, the majority of them wide.
As far as box office perf, the results have been mixed — yet MGM gets a distribution fee no matter what. MGM scored with Dimension Films’ “1408” and with its own “Rocky Balboa,” which grossed $70.3 million domestically. But any number of films have failed to find their way, from “Home of the Brave” to “Who’s Your Caddy” to “Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.”
Other distribs complain that MGM clogs the pipeline with movies that should never be opened wide, but rather platformed, such as last fall’s “Bobby,” which went out on 1,667 screens.
MGM says it considers itself a major studio, but so far, Hollywood isn’t bestowing that honor, as the Lion is still ramping up its own production slate, including via Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s United Artists. UA’s first release, the Robert Redford-helmed “Lions for Lambs,” comes out in November.
- “Feast of Love,” Sept. 28
- “Lars and the Real Girl,” Oct. 12
- “Music Within,” Oct. 26
- “Lions for Lambs,” Nov. 9
- “The Mist,” Nov. 21
- “Pathology,” Nov. 30
- “Venetian Affair,” Dec. 28