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Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group

Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group (1998-2013)
Founded1998; 22 years ago (1998)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
HeadquartersCulver City, California, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Tom Rothman
ProductsMotion pictures
ParentSony Pictures Entertainment

The Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group (commonly known as the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, 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 the businesses of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and TriStar Pictures, Inc.[1]


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

Production and distribution deals

Active production/distribution deals Former production/distribution deals

Sony Pictures Releasing

Sony Pictures Releasing
Triumph Releasing Corporation (1982-1994)
IndustryMotion pictures
FoundedNovember 23, 1994; 25 years ago (November 23, 1994)
10202 West Washington Boulevard., Culver City, California
United States
ServicesFilm distribution and marketing

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.

International arrangements

From 1971 until the end of 1987, Columbia's international distribution operations were a joint venture with Warner Bros., and in some countries, this joint venture also distributed films from other companies (like EMI Films and Cannon Films in the UK). The venture was dissolved in 1988.

On February 6, 2014, Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal Ltda., a joint venture with Warner Bros. which distributed films from both companies in Portugal, announced that they will close their offices on March 31.[48] Sony Pictures' films are distributed in Portugal by Big Picture Films since then, while NOS Audiovisuais took over the distribution duties for Warner Bros. films in the country.

The distribution of Sony Pictures' films in Italy is still handled by Warner Bros..

Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures formed a film distribution joint venture in Southeast Asia in 1997.[49] By December 2006, 14 joint distribution ventures between Sony Pictures Releasing International and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures were formed and exist in countries including Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. In January 2007, their 15th such partnership began operations in Russia and CIS.[50] In February 2017, Sony starting leaving the Southeast Asia venture with the Philippines. In August 2017, Sony terminated the joint venture agreement for their own operations.[49] On January 31, 2019, in anticipation of Disney's then-pending acquisition of the most 21st Century Fox assets (which includes 20th Century Fox), it was agreed that Disney would sell its stake in the Mexican joint venture named Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing de México to Sony Pictures Releasing.[51]


Film series

Title Release date Notes
Blondie 1938-1950 co-production with King Features Entertainment
Five Little Peppers 1939-1940
Boston Blackie 1941-1949
Crime Doctor 1943-1949
The Whistler 1944-1948
Rusty 1945-1949
Jungle Jim 1948-1956
Heavy Metal 1981-2000 co-production with CineGroupe
Annie 1982-present co-production with Rastar, Overbrook Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Storyline Entertainment, Chris Montan Productions, and Walt Disney Television (1999 TV movie only)
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
Weekend at Bernie's 1989-1993
City Slickers 1991-1994 co-production with Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment (1991 film only) and Face Productions
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, Parker MacDonald, Imagenation Abu Dhabi, Overbrook 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
Zorro 1998-2005 co-production with Spyglass Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment and Parker MacDonald
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
Hollow Man 2000-2006
Charlies Angels 2000-present co-production with Leonard Goldberg Productions (2000-03), Flower Films (2000-03), Tall Trees Productions (2000-03), Wonderland Sound and Vision (2003), 2.0 Entertainment (2019), Brownstone Productions (2019) and Cantillon Company (2019)
Final Fantasy 2001-present co-production with Square Enix
Resident Evil 2002-2016 co-production with Constantin Film, Davis Films, Impact Pictures and New Legacy Films (2002)
Spider-Man 2002-present co-production with Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Animation (including the MCU Spider-Man films)
XXX 2002-present co-production with Original Film, Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios
Daddy Day Care 2003-2007 co-production with Revolution Studios
S.W.A.T. 2003-present co-production with Original Film
Underworld 2003-2016 co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment and Sketch Films (2009-16)
The Grudge 2004-present co-production with Ghost House Pictures
Boogeyman 2005-present co-production with Ghost House Pictures
Into the Blue 2005-2009 co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Mandalay Pictures
Hostel 2005-2011 co-production with Lionsgate Films
The Dan Brown series 2006-2016 co-production with Imagine Entertainment and Relativity Media
Open Season 2006-2016 co-production with Sony Pictures Animation
James Bond 2006-2015 co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (from Casino Royale to Spectre)
Stomp the Yard 2007-2011 co-production with Rainforest Films
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 2007-2017 co-production with Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios
Quarantine 2008-2011 co-production with Vertigo Entertainment
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 2011-2017 co-production with Sony Pictures Animation and The K Entertainment Company
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 Tim Sutton directed in the film 2013-present co-production with Screen Gems, Fake Empire Productions and Alloy Entertainment
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 Animation and Sony Pictures Animation
Peter Rabbit 2018-present co-production with Sony Pictures Animation, Animal Logic, Olive Bridge Entertainment, 2.0 Entertainment, Screen Australia, Screen NSW
Sony's Marvel Universe 2018-present co-production with Marvel, Pascal Pictures
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018-present co-production with Sony Pictures Animation, Marvel, Pascal Pictures

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: Far From Home 2019 $390,361,240 Columbia/Marvel
4 Spider-Man 2 2004 $373,585,825 Columbia
5 Spider-Man 3 2007 $336,530,303 Columbia
6 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $334,201,140 Columbia/Marvel
7 Jumanji: The Next Level 2019 $307,016,286 Columbia
8 Skyfall 2012 $304,360,277 Columbia/MGM
9 The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 $262,030,663 Columbia
10 Men in Black 1997 $250,690,539 Columbia
11 Ghostbusters 1984 $229,242,989 Columbia
12 Hancock 2008 $227,946,274 Columbia
13 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $217,536,138 Columbia
14 Venom 2018 $213,515,506 Columbia
15 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 $204,843,345 TriStar/Carolco
16 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 $202,853,933 Columbia
17 Spectre 2015 $200,074,609 Columbia/MGM
18 22 Jump Street 2014 $191,719,337 Columbia/MGM
19 Men in Black II 2002 $190,418,803 Columbia
20 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2018 $190,241,310 Columbia
21 Bad Boys for Life 2020 $182,847,306 Columbia
22 Hitch 2005 $179,495,555 Columbia
23 Men in Black 3 2012 $179,020,854 Columbia
24 Tootsie 1982 $177,200,000 Columbia
25 The Karate Kid 2010 $176,591,618 Columbia
Highest-grossing films worldwide
Rank Title Year Worldwide gross Studio(s)
1 Spider-Man: Far From Home 2019 $1,131,401,009 Columbia/Marvel
2 Skyfall 2012 $1,108,561,013 Columbia/MGM
3 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2017 $962,126,927 Columbia
4 Spider-Man 3 2007 $890,871,626 Columbia
5 Spectre 2015 $880,674,609 Columbia/MGM
6 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $880,166,924 Columbia/Marvel
7 Venom 2018 $855,013,954 Columbia
8 Spider-Man 2002 $821,708,551 Columbia
9 Spider-Man 2 2004 $783,766,341 Columbia
10 Jumanji: The Next Level 2019 $780,016,286 Columbia
11 2012 2009 $769,679,473 Columbia
12 The Da Vinci Code 2006 $758,239,851 Columbia
13 The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 $757,930,663 Columbia
14 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 $708,982,323 Columbia
15 Hancock 2008 $624,386,746 Columbia
16 Men in Black 3 2012 $624,026,776 Columbia
17 Casino Royale 2006 $599,045,960 Columbia/MGM
18 Men in Black 1997 $589,390,539 Columbia
19 Quantum of Solace 2008 $586,090,727 Columbia/MGM
20 The Smurfs 2011 $563,749,323 Columbia
21 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 2018 $520,736,445 Columbia
22 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 $519,843,345 TriStar/Carolco
23 Angels & Demons 2009 $485,930,816 Columbia
24 Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 $473,226,958 Columbia
25 Men in Black II 2002 $441,818,803 Columbia


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