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Sony Takes No. 1 Film Distribution Spot, Disney Falls to Third

Sony Pictures Releasing finished 2004 as the largest motion picture distribution company ranked by domestic box office returns according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen EDI. It brought in an estimated $1.3 billion which accounted for approximately 14.2 percent of the estimated $9.2 billion in gross domestic box office revenue.


Sony made the leap from No. 2 last year while placing only one film, “Spider-Man 2,” in the Top 10. The summer blockbuster raked in $373.4 million at the box office, second only to DreamWorks SKG’s “Shrek 2,” with $436.7 million domestically.


“Spider-Man 2” grossed $41 million on opening day and $115.8 million during the Fourth of July weekend. Other Sony hits included “50 First Dates,” starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore which grossed $120.8 million domestically and “The Grudge,” a thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar which grossed $110.2 million domestically.


Disney’s Buena Vista Pictures distribution arm had a slow start to the year but came on strong in the October-December quarter with the release of the Disney/Pixar animated hit “The Incredibles” and the Nicolas Cage film “National Treasure.”


Buena Vista, Sony and Warner Bros. each surpassed $1 billion in domestic box office.


Sony was the second largest distributor in 2003 with $1.2 billion in domestic box office returns.

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