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Summer Box Office 2014: Which Studio Was the Winner?

5. Sony (SNE)

Biggest Franchise-Killer: Sony had pinned its hopes on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as its big-budget, big-returns tent-pole film. While the reboot's sequel generated $708.3 million, its domestic revenue of just more than $200 million was a fraction of its estimated $255 production budget. The frigid reception was enough for the studio to push The Amazing Spider-Man 3 from its 2016 release slate to an unspecified date in 2018.

Read More: Did Sony Pictures Have to Spend $255 Million on Spider-Man 2?

Best Bang for the Buck Sequel: 22 Jump Street, sequel to the 2012 release starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, generated $314.4 million worldwide. That was more than six times its production costs and 56% more than the original. 

Winner of the Really Wish I Hadn't Seen That Award: Surprisingly Tatum and Hill had more chemistry onscreen than Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, which partially explains why Sex Tape suffered such a limp result. The mid-July release, which cost $40 million to produce, made only $80.8 million worldwide.

Read More: Spider-Man, Batman and the Business of Comic-Con

Other films:

  • Think Like a Man Too ($69.2M)
  • Deliver Us From Evil ($55.6M)
  • Moms' Night Out ($10.4M)
  • When the Game Stands Tall ($18.7M)

Total gross: $1.26 billion. Much of the total was due to Spider-Man 2 and 22 Jump Street, though smaller-budget films Think Like a Man Too and Deliver Us From Evil helped to push it over the billion-dollar mark.

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