His next effort as a producer-star, an untitled Christmas comedy with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lizzy Caplan, is due to open in November from, that's right, Sony Pictures. And it got there by diversifying its slate instead of glutting it with franchise-building visual effects extravaganzas (though it certainly had a fair number of those, too).
At the start of 2014, Captain America: The First Avenger was Marvel Studios' lowest grossing film (not counting The Incredible Hulk, but no one counts The Incredible Hulk), and Guardians of the Galaxy looked like one of the biggest gambles of the year.And with a reported $18 million budget, its $268.2 million global gross makes it one of the most profitable studio releases of the year.That alone would have made 2014 a winning year for Rogen, but then came The Interview, which he co-produced, co-wrote, and co-directed with his creative partner, Evan Goldberg.After Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt has become, essentially, the male Jennifer Lawrence (minus the Oscar and critical acclaim): accessible, hilarious, hugely popular, and preternaturally attractive.That's what starring in the year's top grossing movie can do for you. After the final season of Parks and Rec, Pratt stars in Jurassic World in June, which appears to be a rare long-delayed sequel that people actually want to see.Today, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the third highest grossing film of the year and is considered by some to be Marvel Studios' best movie.
Not to be outdone, Guardians of the Galaxy is the top grossing film of 2014, and is considered to be the studio's best by pretty much everyone else.
Peabody & Sherman, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Penguins of Madagascar — certainly helped contribute to Fox's banner 2014.
But for DWA, a publicly traded company, 2014 has been a most painful year.
Conversely, the expectations for July's Ant-Man are at such a low boil that the Paul Rudd-Michael Douglas superhero heist movie is primed to surprise audiences much like Guardians of the Galaxy did this year.
From a box office standpoint, Sony actually had a decent year, especially compared to 2013, when the studio plummeted from first in market share to fourth after a string of high-profile flops.
Otherwise, it will be another mix of comedies (Spy with Melissa Mc Carthy in May), thrillers (Kingsman: The Secret Service in February), YA adaptations (Paper Towns in June), animated features (The Peanuts Movie in November), and post-apocalyptic franchise films (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials in September).