Gramercy Pictures

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Gramercy Pictures was a film distributor launched in May 1992, a joint venture of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Gramercy, a so-called "mini-major," was the distributor of PolyGram movies in the United States and Canada. In January 1996, PolyGram brought the 50% stake owned by Universal, thus assuming full control of Gramercy.[1] When Seagram acquired PolyGram in 1999, it reacquired Gramercy as it controlled Universal. In turn, Seagram sold Gramercy and another specialty division, October Films, to Barry Diller's USA Networks, and merged both companies into USA Films.[2][3] USA Films then transformed into Focus Features in 2002.

Gramercy Pictures released its first film, the Mario Van Peebles western Posse, in May 1993.[4][5] The distributor also had box office hits in 1994's Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1996's Fargo and 1997's Bean. Several Gramercy releases of the 1990s have grown in stature to become cult classics in the present day: The Big Lebowski, Dazed and Confused, Clay Pigeons and Mallrats. In addition, 1996's The Usual Suspects won two Oscars, for Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie) and Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey).

Some of Gramercy's releases[edit]

Title Release Date Budget Gross
Posse May 14, 1993 $18,289,763
King of the Hill August 20, 1993 $1,214,231
Kalifornia September 3, 1993 $9 million $2,395,231
Dazed and Confused September 24, 1993 $7,993,039
A Home of Our Own November 5, 1993 $1,677,807
A Dangerous Woman December 3, 1993 $1,497,222
Romeo Is Bleeding February 4, 1994 $10 million $3,275,865
Four Weddings and a Funeral March 9, 1994 $4.4 million $245,700,832
Backbeat April 15, 1994 $2,392,589
Dream Lover May 6, 1994 $256,264
Foreign Student July 29, 1994
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert August 10, 1994 $1,884,200 (US$2 million) $29,679,915
A Good Man in Africa September 9, 1994 $2,308,390
Jason's Lyric September 28, 1994 $7,000,000 $20,851,521
Drop Squad October 28, 1994 $734,693
Double Dragon November 4, 1994 $7,850,000 $2,341,309
S.F.W. January 20, 1995 $63,513
Shallow Grave February 10, 1995 $2.5 million $2,834,250
Before the Rain February 24, 1995 $763,847
Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh March 17, 1995 $13,940,383
New Jersey Drive April 19, 1995 $5,000,000 $3,565,508
The Underneath April 28, 1995 $336,023
Panther May 3, 1995 $6,834,525
The Usual Suspects August 16, 1995 $6 million $23,272,306
Canadian Bacon September 22, 1995 $11 million $178,104
Moonlight and Valentino September 29, 1995 $2,484,226
Mallrats October 20, 1995 $6,100,000 $2,122,561
Carrington November 10, 1995 $3,242,342
Dead Man Walking January 12, 1996 $11 million $86,387,284
La Haine February 23, 1996 €2,590,000 $309,811
Jack and Sarah March 22, 1996 $218,626 (USA) $2,492,000 (UK)
Land and Freedom March 22, 1996 $228,800
Fargo April 5, 1996 $7 million $60,611,975
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie April 19, 1996 $1,007,306
Barb Wire May 3, 1996 $3,793,614
Cold Comfort Farm May 10, 1996 $
The Trigger Effect August 30, 1996 $8 million $3,594,848
Grace of My Heart September 13, 1996 $5,000,000 $617,632
Loch Ness September 20, 1996 $12 million
Bound October 4, 1996 $6,000,000 $3,802,260
Jude October 18, 1996 $409,144
I'm Not Rappaport December 24, 1996 $470,000
The Portrait of a Lady January 17, 1997 $3,692,836
Gridlock'd January 29, 1997 $5 million $5,571,205
When We Were Kings February 14, 1997 $2,789,985
The Eighth Day March 7, 1997 $416,401
Keys to Tulsa April 11, 1997 $57,252
Commandments May 2, 1997 $548,562
Twin Town May 9, 1997 $3,300,000 $127,923
Def Jam's How to Be a Player August 6, 1997 $14,009,368
Going All the Way September 19, 1997 $113,069
The MatchMaker October 3, 1997 $3,392,080
Body Count November 1997
Bean November 7, 1997 $18 million $251,212,670
Guy December 17, 1997 $4134
The Big Lebowski March 6, 1998 $15 million $46,189,568
No Looking Back March 27, 1998 $5,000,000 $222,099
Go Now May 1, 1998 $25,695
The Last Days of Disco May 29, 1998 $8 million $3,020,601
The Land Girls June 12, 1998 $238,497
Your Friends & Neighbors August 21, 1998 $5,000,000 $4,710,749
Clay Pigeons September 25, 1998 $8 million $1,794,086
Reach the Rock October 16, 1998 $4,960
Being John Malkovich October 29, 1999 $13 million $32,382,381
Elizabeth November 22, 1998 $30 million $82,150,642
The Hi-Lo Country January 22, 1999 $163,810
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels March 5, 1999 $1.35 million $25,297,569
Plunkett & Macleane October 2, 1999 $474,900
Pitch Black February 18, 2000 $23 million $53,187,659
Waking the Dead March 24, 2000 $8,500,000 $327,418
Where the Money Is April 14, 2000 $5,661,798
Mad About Mambo August 4, 2000 $65,283
Nurse Betty September 8, 2000 $25 million $29,360,400
The Man Who Wasn't There November 2, 2001

Earlier company[edit]

There was an earlier, unrelated company which went by the same name in the late 1950s. One of the films they produced was The Monster That Challenged the World.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1996/01/11/business/gramercy-sold-to-polygram.html
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  4. ^ Staff (August 17, 1993). "In Winner's Circle; Miramax's 'Crying Game' paces indies; New Line still running strong". Variety (Reed Business Information). "Off to an auspicious start is Gramercy Pictures, with its first release, 'Posse,' immediately making the chart [of largest rentals from independent distributors]" 
  5. ^ "Box office information for Posse (1993)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 

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