Making a movie can be a great experience, especially when you finally get to sit and watch the finished product. However, it is also quite risky for thousands of movies are produced every year, but only less than a handful of them will bring in box office receipts.
Because the majority of movies and films published do not see full-investment returns, a production company co-founder may have to rely on other means of profiting such as from cable and broadcast television, foreign distribution, DVD rentals, and sales, or from other markets. This is mainly why major film companies have been reduced to what they call the “Bix Six”, which are the only 6 current major movie production studios:
• Warner Bros. Pictures
• 20th Century Fox
• Paramount Pictures (the oldest major studio)
• Universal Pictures
• Sony Pictures Entertainment (formerly known as Columbia-Tristar Pictures)
• Walt Disney Studios
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures are at the forefront of the entire entertainment industry. In fact, in 2013, their global market share was $5.03 billion, putting them way ahead of the rest in the industry. They also hold the record as the only movie studio to exceed $1B for 13 consecutive years.
Some of the movies that made Warner Bros. Pictures #1 in the film industry include:
• The Superman series
• the Harry Potter series
• The Matrix series
• Star Wars
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox is the second largest film studio in the world after Warner Bros.
The studio has distributed a variety of commercially successful films, such as:
• Ice Age
• Die Hard
• Planet of the Apes
• Night at the Museum
• Fantastic Four
Paramount Pictures has been in operation
the longest of all the major studios in Hollywood. The studio has a century of
experience in the finest production services from developing a story to
In 2014, Paramount Pictures was the first major movie studio in Hollywood to distribute digital-forms of all its film.
Universal Pictures, also known as Universal Studios, is most popular for three of Steven Spielberg’s top hits– E.T., Jaws, and Jurassic Park.
At the time of their release, each of them became the highest-grossing film in history.
Universal Studios also created their own massive backlot where they produced parts of Pirates of the Caribbean films and more. Other film studios also utilize their backlot to create movies, including Walt Disney.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) (earlier known as Columbia-Tristar Pictures)
Sony Pictures Entertainment operates TriStar Pictures, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, Sony Pictures Classics, and Screen Gems.
In 2012, the studio had its best year at the box-office as it grossed $4.4 billion in ticket sales with its films.
Some of the successful film series produced, and distributed/ co-distributed, include Underworld, Spider-Man, Resident Evil, and Men in Black.
Walt Disney Studios
The Walt Disney Studios is a multi-faceted film division that produced some film greats, like, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, which was the first animated full-length movie, and Pinocchio, a film that consisted of technical brilliance in animation, that is part of making them stand out from the rest.
Disney studios have introduced digital excellence in live action films and animation technology over the past decades.