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Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
Division
Industry Entertainment
Founded 1998; 20 years ago (1998) (as Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Headquarters Culver City, California, U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
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

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 three remaining companies, with the "Columbia TriStar" brand in its name, were Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, and Columbia TriStar Marketing Group. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Columbia TriStar Film Distributors became Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Releasing International in 2004 and 2005 and Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group became the second-to-last subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment to use 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 he was to step down as president of the SPMPG and would transition his role to producer at the studio.[5] Belgrad was promoted as president of the SPMPG back in 2014.[5]

Film divisions

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

Production and distribution deals

Active production/distribution deals Former production/distribution deals

  • Cross Creek Pictures (2015–present)[16]

Sony Pictures Releasing

Sony Pictures Releasing
Division
Industry Motion pictures
Founded 1994
Headquarters 10202 West Washington Boulevard., Culver City, California, United States
Services Film distribution and marketing
Owner Sony
Parent
Website www.sonypictures.com

Sony Pictures Releasing is an American film distributor owned by Sony. Established in 1994[47] as a successor to Triumph Releasing Corporation, the company handles theatrical distribution, marketing and promotion for films produced and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics, Stage 6 Films, Sony Pictures Animation, Triumph Films, among others. It is a member of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. It also has an international division called Sony Pictures Releasing International, which from 1991 until 2005 was known as Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International.

Financers

Film series

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
Annie 1982–present co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures
Ghostbusters 1984–present co-production with Ghost Corps (since 2016) and Village Roadshow Pictures
The Karate Kid 1984–present co-production with JW Films and Overbrook Entertainment
Sniper 1993–present
3 Ninjas 1994–1998 co-production with Touchstone Pictures
Bad Boys 1995–present co-production with Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Jumanji 1995–present
Screamers 1995–2009
Anaconda 1997–present co-production with Phoenix Pictures
Men in Black 1997–present co-production with Amblin Entertainment and Relativity Media
I Know What You Did Last Summer 1997–2006 co-production with Mandalay Entertainment
Starship Troopers 1997–present co-production with Touchstone Pictures
Wild Things 1998–2010 co-production with Mandalay Entertainment
Urban Legends 1998–2005 co-production with Phoenix Pictures
Baby Geniuses 1999–present co-production with Crystal Sky Pictures
Stuart Little 1999–present
Final Fantasy 2001–2009 co-production with Square Enix
Resident Evil 2002–2017 co-production with Constantin Film and Capcom
Spider-Man 2002–present co-production with Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Studios
XXX 2002–present co-production with Original Film, Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios
Underworld 2003–2017
Daddy Day Care 2003–2007 co-production with Revolution Studios
S.W.A.T. 2003–present co-production with Original Film
The Grudge 2004–present co-production with Ghost House Pictures
Hostel 2005–2011 co-production with Lionsgate Films
James Bond 2006–2015 co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(from Casino Royale to Spectre)
The Dan Brown series 2006–2016 co-production with Imagine Entertainment and Relativity Media
Open Season 2006–present co-production with Sony Pictures Animation
Ghost Rider 2007–2012 co-production with Marvel Entertainment, Crystal Sky Pictures, Hyde Park Entertainment, Saturn Films, Imagenation Abu Dhabi, and Relativity Media
Surf's Up 2007–present co-production with Sony Pictures Animation
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2009–present co-production with Sony Pictures Animation
Insidious 2011–present co-production with Blumhouse Productions, Atomic Monster, and Universal Studios
The Smurfs 2011–present co-production with The K Entertainment Company, and Sony Pictures Animation
Jump Street 2012–present co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Relativity Media, and Original Film
Hotel Transylvania 2012–present co-production with Sony Pictures Animation
The Equalizer 2014–present co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures, Relativity Media, and Original Film
Goosebumps 2015–present co-production with Sony Pictures Animation, Scholastic Productions, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Original Film
The Angry Birds Movie 2016–present co-production with Rovio Entertainment
Sausage Party 2016–present co-production with Point Grey Pictures, and Annapurna Pictures
Marvel Cinematic Universe 2017–present co-production with Marvel Studios
Spider-Man films only
Peter Rabbit 2018–present co-production with Sony Pictures Animation, Animal Logic, Olive Bridge Entertainment, 2.0 Entertainment, Screen Australia, Screen NSW

Highest-grossing films

Highest-grossing films in North America
Rank Title Year Domestic gross Studio(s)
1 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2017 $404,515,480 Columbia
2 Spider-Man 2002 $403,706,375 Columbia
3 Spider-Man 2 2004 $373,585,825 Columbia
4 Spider-Man 3 2007 $336,530,303 Columbia
5 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $334,201,140 Columbia
6 Skyfall 2012 $304,360,277 Columbia/MGM
7 The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 $262,030,663 Columbia
8 Men in Black 1997 $250,690,539 Columbia
9 Ghostbusters 1984 $229,242,989 Columbia
10 Hancock 2008 $227,946,274 Columbia
11 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $217,536,138 Columbia
12 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 $204,843,345 TriStar/Carolco
13 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 $202,853,933 Columbia
14 Spectre 2015 $200,074,609 Columbia/MGM
15 22 Jump Street 2014 $191,719,337 Columbia/MGM
16 Men in Black II 2002 $190,418,803 Columbia
17 Hitch 2005 $179,495,555 Columbia
18 Men in Black 3 2012 $179,020,854 Columbia
19 Tootsie 1982 $177,200,000 Columbia
20 The Karate Kid 2010 $176,591,618 Columbia
21 Air Force One 1997 $172,956,409 Columbia
22 Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 $169,700,110 Columbia
23 Quantum of Solace 2008 $168,368,427 Columbia/MGM
24 Casino Royale 2006 $167,445,960 Columbia/MGM
25 2012 2009 $166,112,167 Columbia
Highest-grossing films worldwide
Rank Title Year Worldwide gross Studio(s)
1 Skyfall 2012 $1,108,561,013 Columbia/MGM
2 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2017 $962,251,975 Columbia
3 Spider-Man 3 2007 $890,871,626 Columbia
4 Spectre 2015 $880,674,609 Columbia/MGM
5 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $880,166,924 Columbia
6 Spider-Man 2002 $821,708,551 Columbia
7 Spider-Man 2 2004 $783,766,341 Columbia
8 2012 2009 $769,679,473 Columbia
9 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $758,239,851 Columbia
10 The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 $757,930,663 Columbia
11 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 $708,982,323 Columbia
12 Hancock 2008 $624,386,746 Columbia
13 Men in Black 3 2012 $624,026,776 Columbia
14 Casino Royale 2006 $599,045,960 Columbia/MGM
15 Men in Black 1997 $589,390,539 Columbia
16 Quantum of Solace 2008 $586,090,727 Columbia/MGM
17 The Smurfs 2011 $563,749,323 Columbia
18 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 $519,843,345 TriStar/Carolco
19 Angels & Demons 2009 $485,930,816 Columbia
20 Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 $473,226,958 Columbia
21 Men in Black II 2002 $441,818,803 Columbia
22 Godzilla 1998 $379,014,294 TriStar
23 Hitch 2005 $368,100,420 Columbia
24 The Karate Kid 2010 $359,126,022 Columbia
25 Hotel Transylvania 2012 $358,375,603 Columbia

See also

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External links

  • Official Sony Pictures website
    • Sony Pictures Movies
    • SonyPictures.net
  • Columbia Pictures on IMDbPro (subscription required)
  • Columbia Pictures Corporation on IMDbPro (subscription required)
  • TriStar Pictures on IMDbPro (subscription required)
  • The History of a Logo: The Lady with the Torch
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