In this article, we take a look at some of the most notable film companies in the world. You can skip this part and see the top 5 entries in this article by clicking The 5 largest film companies in the world.
The entertainment and film production industry is one of the largest and oldest in the world. It has also continuously evolved over the years as new technologies to provide entertainment have emerged. In its oldest form in modern times, the film sector was limited to live theatrical performances, where viewers saw their favorite performers live. With the advent of the camera, the sector changed as production companies took charge and began recording films. These were distributed to cinemas, now known as movie theaters, and viewers now watched recorded performances and let producers recover their investment by paying a ticket fee.
According to research by Research and Markets, the global film and video market was worth a staggering $234 billion in 2020. Looking ahead, the research firm expects this industry to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2% and stand at $252 billion by the end of this year. For 2025, the CAGR for this industry drops to 6%, with an estimated size of $318 billion by the end of the year. In addition, the company expects that drones will also play an important role in the film field in the future due to their ease of use for aerial photography and recording.
As technology spreads across the world, the American film industry is no longer unrivaled in its dominance of the industry. Emerging markets like China and India are growing rapidly, and their large populations provide a large target market for local businesses. India’s film sector, Bollywood, is internationally renowned for its size and diversity and the county’s large and lucrative production houses.
According to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers, India’s box office will rebound strongly, growing at a CAGR of 39.3% to Indian rupees 138 billion or US$1.9 billion by the end of 2025. The segment suffered heavy losses in 2020 as the ongoing pandemic forced governments to impose lockdowns. This resulted in cinemas being closed and the producers who had made significant investments in films suffering heavy losses as these films could not be screened.
Some of the notable names on this list are The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), Sony Group Corporation (NYSE: SONY), and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA).
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To determine the 10 largest film companies in the world, we use the all-time annual gross box office earnings for the companies as of September 2021. This represents the revenue a production house earns from a film, and the more high-profile items it has, the higher it is Settlements. Some of the big theatrical films that are released often gross in excess of $1 billion, allowing production companies to get a return on their investments. So, without further ado, let’s look at some of the biggest film companies in the world in terms of gross box office.
Largest film company in the world
15. Paramount Pictures Corporation
Box office gross: $33 billion
Paramount Pictures Corporation is a subsidiary of multimedia conglomerate ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC). It is also one of the oldest film studios in the world, having been founded 109 years ago in 1912.
As of September 2021, Paramount Pictures has grossed $33 billion at the box office, and its most iconic title is the film Titanic, which has grossed over $2 billion since its release in 1997.
14. 20th Century Studios
Box office gross: $26 billion
20th Century Studios is also a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, which is owned by The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). It’s also relatively younger compared to some other older American film production companies, having been founded “only” 86 years ago in 1935.
It was acquired by Disney in 2017 and renamed 20th Century Studios last year. The studio has grossed $26 billion through September 2021 at the box office.
13. New Line Productions, Inc
Box office gross: $17 billion
New Line Productions, Inc is also part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) of the WarnerMedia division of WarnerBros. It began as an independent film distributor in the late 20th century and was acquired by Warner in 1994.
As of September 2021, the studio has grossed $17 billion at the box office, and its most successful title to date is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which grossed $1.1 billion.
12. Legendary Picture Productions, LLC
Box office gross: $16.6 billion
Based in Burban, California, Legendary Pictures Production, LLC is one of the youngest companies on the list compared to the other film production giants.
It was founded in 2000 and acquired by Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group in 2016. The company has grossed $17 billion at the box office, and its most successful title is Jurassic World, which grossed $1.7 billion.
11. RatPac Entertainment LLC (Dune Entertainment)
Box office gross: $16.5 billion
RatPac Entertainment LLC, also known for its subsidiary RatPac-Dune Entertainment, dates back to 2006 when Dune Entertainment was formed. In 2013, RatPac and Dune merged to form the RatPac subsidiary, and Dune Entertainment has grossed $16.5 billion at the box office through September of last year.
10. DreamWorks Animation LLC
Box office gross: $15.6 billion
DreamWorks Animation LLC operates under Comcast Corporation’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) NBCUniversal division. It’s also a fledgling film studio, having released just 26 titles since its inception in 1994 by a team that included legendary director Steven Spielberg.
It was acquired by NBCUniversal in 2016 for $3.8 billion and has grossed $15.6 billion in box office gross over its lifetime. His most successful title to date is Shrek 2, which grossed $935 million.
9. Relativity Media
Box office gross: $15.3 billion
Relativity Media is a subsidiary of UltraV Holdings and was founded 17 years ago as a middleman between film studios and banks. It has since produced several of its own titles and has had a turbulent financial history, having filed for several bankruptcies.
The company has grossed $15.3 billion through September 2021 at the box office, and its most successful title is Fast and Furious 6, which has grossed $789 million since its release in 2013.
8. Pixar Animation Studios
Box office gross: $14.7 billion
Pixar Animation Studios, also known as Disney-Pixar, is famous for being the successful media company of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, which made him Disney’s largest shareholder. Pixar is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, owned by The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). As of September 2021, gross revenue was $14.7 billion.
7. Amblin Entertainment, Inc
Box office gross: $14.6 billion
Amblin Entertainment, Inc is another company founded by Steven Spielberg, with Universal Studios acquiring a small stake in the company in 2017. It has grossed $14.6 billion at the box office in its lifetime and is famous for its films Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, the latter of which has earned more than $1.6 billion.
6. Village Roadshow Pictures
Box office gross: $14.6 billion
Village Roadshow Pictures is part of the Village Roadshow Entertainment Group division of Australian media company Village Roadshow. His co-production with Warner Bros. has brought him notoriety, with hit titles like Joker driving the company’s box office gross to $14.6 billion. Along with The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), Sony Group Corporation (NYSE:SONY) and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Village Roadshow is one of the largest motion picture companies in the world.
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