Movies have been there for a while. But making a movie isn’t an easy task. It requires a lot of skills, resources, time, effort and money. In the past decades we have witnessed some grand and iconic mega budget movies. These movies require a humongous effort, scale and budget. Turning these ventures into a mega theatrical experience requires a professional team of skilled directors, actors, technicians, camera personals who are backed by big production houses. A production company’s role is very crucial in the making of a movie. These companies invest millions in a director’s or filmmakers idea and storyline. So, today let’s take a look at some of the biggest production houses. Here is a list of 10 biggest movie production companies in the World.
10 Biggest Movie Production Companies in the World
The first name on our list is ‘WB’ (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.) who are popularly known as the Warner Bros. The American film and entertainment studio was founded in 1923. It was founded by 4 brothers named Harry Warner, Albert Warner, Sam Warner, and Jack Warner. The Hollywood Production House (Warner Bros.) headquarters is situated in Burbank, California. The Production House has been a market leader in movies (Hollywood). With time they have also diversified themselves in different fields like animation series, television, and video games. Warner Bros. is also a member of the MPA (the Motion Picture Association). Bugs Bunny, is the company’s official mascot. Some of the popular movies by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. are Sherlock Holmes, 300, The Lego Movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Gravity, The Hangover, Inception, The Dark Knight. Over the period of time the company has established itself as one of the biggest movie production companies in the world.
Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
Next on the list is ‘Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group’. Until 2013 it was known as the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment which manages the motion pictures (movies) division of the company. It was launched in 1998 by integrating the businesses of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and TriStar Pictures, Inc. The production company has produced popular movies like Spiderman, Jumanji and Resident Evil. Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group has 2 movies among the top 50 highest-grossing movies of all time and has made more than 40 billion dollars in 2020.
Walt Disney Studios
The third in our list is Walt Disney Studios which is an American movie and entertainment studio. Walt Disney Studios is a division of Walt Disney Company. The division manages the content segment of the company. Walt Disney Company is one of the oldest and largest film studios of the world. The company was founded in 1923. The Walt Disney Studios have many big production companies like Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios. The Walt Disney Studios is also a member of the MPA (the Motion Picture Association). The studio has produced 21 of the top 50 highest-grossing movies of all time.
Universal Pictures is the oldest surviving Movie studio of The States. The Movie studio was founded in 1912. It is owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal F&E division. The company has backed successful ventures like King Kong, the Fast & Furious movie series, Jurassic Park. Universal Pictures has produced more than 300 movies till date. The Movie studio generated more than 43 billion dollars at the box office in 2020.
20th Century Fox
The 5th spot in your list goes to ‘20th Century Fox’. It is an American film company which is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios. It is recognized for its blockbusters like Avatar, Star Wars, Bohemian Rhapsody and other successful ventures. 20th Century Fox has also created incredible and profitable ventures like Ice Age and X-Men. Blue Sky Studios, which focuses on computer-animated films such as Robots, Rio, and Ice Age, was acquired in 1997. It brought more success to Film studio.
The 6th spot is backed by the Movie Production company Paramount Pictures. It was founded in 1912 and is a subsidiary of Viacom CBS (as per The Motion Picture Association of America). Mega movies like the Transformers series, Titanic, Shrek, the Mission Impossible movie are produced by Paramount Pictures. The company also has an animation division named Paramount Animation which was founded in 2011. Paramount Pictures grossed more than 30 billion dollars in 2020.
Lionsgate Films is one of the most successful film studios in North America. And is also a commercially successful film and television distribution company. Ventures like Kick-Ass, The Expendables and The Hunger Games are some of the successful series backed by Lionsgate. The film studio also has a subsidiary named Summit Entertainment. Which is perhaps their most successful subsidiary at the moment. And has produced successful series and movies like Now You See Me, Knowing, Twilight.
The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company was formed by the duo of Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein. The brothers (Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein) founded the company in 2005. At one point, the studio was Hollywood’s largest mini-major studio. But collapsed after the allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein. Harvey was even sacked from the corporation. Later the studio filed for bankruptcy and eventually the company was completely shut down.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios popularly known as MGM is a famous film and tv production house. It was founded in 1924 and is also known for its iconic trademark lion logo. Over the decades the film studio has acquired an iconic status in the filmmaking world. MGM is considered to be one of the most prestigious and renowned film studios of the world. However, the company was acquired and sold several times before it finally filed for bankruptcy in 2010. But the film studio has recovered from its losses and is still out there.
The 10th name in our list is ‘DreamWorks Pictures’. The company is a film and distribution label of Amblin Partners. Which was originally founded in 1994 by the trio of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. The trio owned more than 70 percent of the company. Initially the movie production and distribution company was very successful. As it had produced/ distributed more than 10 movies where every venture had box-office grosses of more than 100 million dollars. However, after suffering losses and owing more than 400 million dollars in debt, DreamWorks Pictures was sold to Viacom in 2005. The company’s former animation division DreamWorks Animation became a subsidiary of NBCUniversal in 2016. In the recent years the company has given some big commercial hits like Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and also made 79.1 million dollars in revenue in 2020.
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10 Biggest Movie Production Companies in the World