The Big Six – Top 6 major film studios in the film business

When you watch a film, whether it’s at the cinema or in the comfort of your own home, you rarely really think about where the film was produced and how each film company secured the rights to the film you see on screen. The film business is extremely competitive. The six major film companies discussed below account for 90 percent of US and Canadian box office receipts. If you are considering a film career, you should take a close look at the following statistics.

And while there are a few “mini-majors” that are still making profits in the industry (e.g. Lions Gate Entertainment and MGM), it’s quite difficult for film companies to stay afloat in the face of competition from these hugely successful empires keep.

Below are the six major film companies (aka “The Big Six”) and a brief description of each:

1. Warner Bros. Pictures. With a whopping 19.7 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures), Warner Bros. Pictures is the largest player in the film industry. Securing the rights to major films such as Harry Potter, Superman, Batman, The Matrix and Star Wars has made Warner Bros. #1 in the business.

2. Superior images. With a 15.5 percent market share in the USA/Canada (figures from 2007), Paramount Pictures continues to be one of the most successful film production companies in the world. Star Trek, War of the Worlds, the Mission Impossible series, Transformers and Tropic Thunder are just a few of the popular films produced by Paramount Pictures.

3. Walt Disney. Walt Disney, one of the most prestigious film production companies in the company’s history, now holds 15.3 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures). With hugely successful films like Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Meet the Robinsons and Enchanted, there’s no doubt Disney will continue to play a key role in the industry for years to come.

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4. Columbia images. With a market share of 12.9 percent in the US and Canada (2007 figures), Columbia Pictures remains a key player in the business. Recent successes of this company include Casino Royale, The Da Vinci Code, the Spider-Man series and Step Brothers.

5. Universal Studios. 12.2 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures) belongs to Universal Studios, which continues to earn millions for the film industry. With hits like The Bourne Series (Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, and Bourne Ultimatum), The American Pie Series, Knocked Up, American Gangster, and The Incredible Hulk, it’s very clear that Universal Studios knows what it takes to get in make money in this industry.

6. Fox of the 20th century. Also known as ‘Twentieth Century Fox’, this highly successful film production company has an 11.9 percent market share in the US and Canada (2007 figures). Some of the biggest and most successful films from this empire are the X-Men series, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Star Wars Episodes II and III and the Fantastic Four.

Once again, if you are looking for a career in the film industry, the six companies listed above are the crème de la crème. If you have the opportunity to work for one of these companies, we wouldn’t recommend passing it up.

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