It may have taken more than a decade, but Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen's DreamWorks finally leads in market share and is weeks away from crossing the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office.
DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation can't officially claim the crown, however, since they are no longer a single entity, with Paramount distributing both their pictures. Par owns DreamWorks, while DreamWorks Animation remains a standalone company.
But behind the scenes, there's plenty for Geffen, Spielberg and Katzenberg to celebrate as they enjoy the sort of success that often eluded them as they tried to build DreamWorks into a major studio.
This year, their films have grossed roughly $980 million at the domestic box office, making up the lion's share of Paramount's B.O. bounty and turning Par into the market share leader at $1.1 billion, or 18.8%.
DreamWorks is virtually assured of crossing the $1 billion mark with the Oct. 4 release of Ben Stiller laffer "The Heartbreak Kid," from Peter and Bobby Farrelly.
Warner Bros. is the next in line to crest the $1 billion mark, with its tally standing as of this week at $929.4 million. Behind Par, Warners is No. 2 in market share at 15.5%. During the decade that the troika of Katzenberg, Spielberg and Geffen ran DreamWorks, the highest the studio ever rose in terms of market share was No. 4.