Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group

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Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
Division
Industry Entertainment
Founded 1998; 19 years ago (1998) (as Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Headquarters Culver City, California, U.S.
Key people
Tom Rothman
(Chairman)
Products Motion pictures
Owner Sony
Parent Sony Pictures Entertainment
Website sonypictures.com

The Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group (commonly known as the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group and formerly known as the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group until 2013 and abbreviated as SPMPG) is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment to manage its motion picture operations. It was launched in 1998 by integrating businesses of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and TriStar Pictures, Inc. [1]

History[edit]

The Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group was launched in 1998 as the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, as a current division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, owned by Sony. It also has many of Sony Pictures's current motion picture divisions as part of it. Its divisions at that time were Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Triumph Films, Sony Pictures Classics, and Sony Pictures Releasing.

On December 8, 1998, SPE resurrected its former animation and television division Screen Gems as a film division of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group that has served several different purposes for its parent companies over the decades since its incorporation.[2]

In 2002, Columbia TriStar Television was renamed as Sony Pictures Television. The last two remaining companies, with the "Columbia TriStar" brand in its name, were Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, and the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment became Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2004 and Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group became the only subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment that used the "Columbia TriStar" brand name in its name.

In 2013, TriStar Productions was launched, as a joint venture of Sony Pictures Entertainment and former 20th Century Fox chairman Thomas Rothman.[3][4]

In October 2013, Sony Pictures renamed its motion picture group as the "Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group". Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks were moved from Sony Pictures Digital to its motion picture group.

On June 2, 2016, Doug Belgrad had announced to step down as president of the SPMPG and will transition his role as producer at the studio.[5] Belgrad was promoted as president of the SPMPG back in 2014.[5]

Film divisions[edit]

Studio units
Production Distribution Other
  • Sony Pictures Releasing
  • (Sony Pictures Releasing International)

Production and distribution deals[edit]

Active production/distribution deals Former production/distribution deals

  • Cross Creek Pictures (2015–present)[18]

Financers[edit]

Film series[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Blondie 1938-1950
Five Little Peppers 1939-1940
Boston Blackie 1941-1949
Crime Doctor 1943-1949
The Whistler 1944-1948
Rusty 1945-1949
Jungle Jim 1948-1956
Ghostbusters 1984-present
The Karate Kid 1984-present
Sniper 1993-present
Bad Boys 1995-present
Anaconda 1997-present
Men in Black 1997-present
I Know What You Did Last Summer 1997-2006
Starship Troopers 1997-2012
Wild Things 1998-2010
Urban Legends 1998-2005
Vampires 1998-2005
Stuart Little 1999-present
Resident Evil 2002-present
Spider-Man 2002-present
Underworld 2003-present
The Grudge 2004-present
Boogeyman 2005-2008
Hostel 2005-2011
Open Season 2006-present
The Smurfs 2011-present
Hotel Transylvania 2012-present

Highest-grossing films[edit]

Highest-grossing films in North America
Rank Title Year Domestic gross
1 Spider-Man 2002 $403,706,375
2 Spider-Man 2 2004 $373,585,825
3 Spider-Man 3 2007 $336,530,303
4 Skyfall 2012 $304,360,277
5 The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 $262,030,663
6 Men in Black 1997 $250,690,539
7 Ghostbusters 1984 $229,242,989
8 Hancock 2008 $227,946,274
9 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $217,536,138
10 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 $204,843,345
11 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 $202,853,933
12 Spectre 2015 $200,074,609
13 22 Jump Street 2014 $191,719,337
14 Men in Black II 2002 $190,418,803
15 Hitch 2005 $179,495,555
16 Men in Black 3 2012 $179,020,854
17 Tootsie 1982 $177,200,000
18 The Karate Kid 2010 $176,591,618
19 Air Force One 1997 $172,956,409
20 Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 $169,700,110
21 Quantum of Solace 2008 $168,368,427
22 Casino Royale 2006 $167,445,960
23 2012 2009 $166,112,167
24 The Pursuit of Happyness 2006 $163,566,459
25 Big Daddy 1999 $163,479,795
Highest-grossing films worldwide
Rank Title Year Worldwide gross
1 Skyfall 2012 $1,108,561,013
2 Spider-Man 3 2007 $890,871,626
3 Spectre 2015 $880,674,609
4 Spider-Man 2002 $821,708,551
5 Spider-Man 2 2004 $783,766,341
6 2012 2009 $769,679,473
7 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $758,239,851
8 The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 $757,930,663
9 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 $708,982,323
10 Hancock 2008 $624,386,746
11 Men in Black 3 2012 $624,026,776
12 Casino Royale 2006 $599,045,960
13 Men in Black 1997 $589,390,539
14 Quantum of Solace 2008 $586,090,727
15 The Smurfs 2011 $563,749,323
16 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 $519,843,345
17 Angels & Demons 2009 $485,930,816
18 Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 $473,226,958
19 Men in Black II 2002 $441,818,803
20 Godzilla 1998 $379,014,294
21 Hitch 2005 $368,100,420
22 The Karate Kid 2010 $359,126,022
23 Hotel Transylvania 2012 $358,375,603
24 Basic Instinct 1992 $352,927,224
25 The Angry Birds Movie 2016 $350,779,543

See also[edit]

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