Annapurna Pictures

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Annapurna Pictures
Industry Motion Pictures
Founded 2011
Founder Megan Ellison
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Products Film Production
Film Distribution

Annapurna Pictures is a film production and distribution company founded by Megan Ellison in 2011. The name Annapurna originates from a Hindu Goddess by the same name, who epitomizes benevolent abundance of nourishment. The feeding mother also has her name on a section of the Himalayas in Nepal.[1] The company's goal is to "produce sophisticated high-quality films that might otherwise be deemed risky by contemporary Hollywood studios".[2] Annapurna also invests in financing, production and sales entity Panorama Media,[3] later renamed Annapurna International.[4]


Year Film Title Director Notes
2012 Lawless John Hillcoat co-production with The Weinstein Company
2012 The Master Paul Thomas Anderson co-production with The Weinstein Company
2012 Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik co-production with The Weinstein Company
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow co-production with Columbia Pictures and Universal Studios
2013 Spring Breakers Harmony Korine co-production with A24 Films
2013 Her Spike Jonze co-production with Warner Bros.
2013 American Hustle David O. Russell co-production with Columbia Pictures and Atlas Entertainment
2014 Foxcatcher Bennett Miller co-production with Sony Pictures Classics
2015 Everybody Wants Some Richard Linklater co-production with Paramount Pictures[5]
2015 Joy David O. Russell co-production with 20th Century Fox
2016 Sausage Party Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan co-production with Columbia Pictures and Point Grey Pictures
Announced [6]
2016 Wiener-Dog Todd Solondz
2016 The Bad Batch Ana Lily Amirpour


Many of the films produced by the company have received widespread critical acclaim. In 2013 alone, Her and American Hustle had a combined fifteen Academy Award nominations. In the box office results have been mixed. While some films such as The Master have failed to gross their budget, films such as Zero Dark Thirty and American Hustle have grossed more than $100 million, the latter grossing more than a quarter of a billion worldwide.[7]

Year Film Metacritic Rotten Tomatoes Box Office (USD)
2012 Lawless 58 67% 53,700,000
2012 The Master 86 85% 28,300,000
2012 Killing Them Softly 64 75% 37,500,000
2012 Zero Dark Thirty 95 93% 138,700,000
2013 Spring Breakers 63 65% 31,700,000
2013 The Grandmaster 72 75% 64,000,000
2013 Her 90 94% 34,800,000
2013 American Hustle 90 93% 250,600,000
2014 Foxcatcher 82 87% 8,740,000


  1. ^ Cieply, Michael; Barns, Brooks (28 August 2011). "Silicon Valley Scion Tackles Hollywood". NYT. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "About". Annapurna Pictures. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (26 April 2012). "Megan Ellison To Back New Shingle Panorama Media, Launching At Cannes". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Patches, Matt (September 30, 2014). "Megan Ellison's Annapurna to produce Richard Linklater's 'Dazed' spiritual Sequel, 'That's What I'm Talking About's". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (24 September 2013). "Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Sell Sony on Raunchy Animated Film 'Sausage Party'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "American Hustle". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 

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