The February issue of the Conde Nast biz mag reviews Hollywood's financial winners and losers. Here's a sample of a pretty eclectic group.
--Worst Bet by Private Equity: "Evan Almighty." Backed by Gun Hill Road II, a fund put together by the super-slick Ryan Kavanaugh. Cost $175 million and grossed $100.2 million.
--Most Bang for the Budget: "Transformers." Paramount and DreamWorks made it for $150 million and the movie racked up $319 million.
--Least Bang for the Budget: "The Invasion." Bad buzz, an $80 million budget and $15 million at the box office.
--Best Job of Beating Expectations: "Superbad." Expected to do $60 million to $70 million. Instead, it grossed $121.4 million.
--Best Performance by a Studio Head: DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider. The studio grossed in excess of $1 billion, more than triple the amount of its sister studio Paramount. Yep, that's the same Paramount that's determined to drive Steven Spielberg to Universal.