Gramercy Pictures

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Gramercy Pictures
Subsidiary of Focus Features
Industry Film
Founded
  • 1992 (original)
  • 2015 (revived studio)
Products Motion pictures
Owner Comcast
Parent Universal Studios
(NBCUniversal)

Gramercy Pictures is a film distributor, originally launched in May 1992, as 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, and also served as Universal's art-house division. 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 Universal Focus and then 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, 1995's The Usual Suspects won two Oscars, for Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie) and Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey).

In May 2015, Focus Features announced that the Gramercy label has been revived to release action, horror, sci-fi genre movies. Its first outing will be Insidious: Chapter 3 on June 5, 2015.[6]

Some of Gramercy's releases[edit]

1990s[edit]

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

2000s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes Budget Gross
February 18, 2000 Pitch Black distributed by USA Films; co-production with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment $23 million $53,187,659
March 24, 2000 Waking the Dead distributed by USA Films; co-production with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment $8,500,000 $327,418
April 14, 2000 Where the Money Is distributed by USA Films; co-production with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment $5,661,798
August 4, 2000 Mad About Mambo distributed by USA Films $65,283
September 8, 2000 Nurse Betty distributed by USA Films $25 million $29,360,400
November 2, 2001 The Man Who Wasn't There distributed by USA Films; co-production with Working Title Films and Good Machine

Upcoming films[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
June 5, 2015 Insidious: Chapter 3 co-production with BlumHouse Productions, Entertainment One and Stage 6 Films
July 31, 2015 Self/less
August 21, 2015 Sinister 2 co-production with Entertainment One, Summit Entertainment and IM Global
October 2, 2015 London Has Fallen
January 8, 2016 The Forest
April 29, 2016 Ratchet & Clank distribution only; produced by Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment

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. 
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (May 20, 2015). "Focus Features Revives Gramercy Pictures Label For Genre Films". deadline.com. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 

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