Creator: Carolco Pictures

Carolco Pictures is a production company started by Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna back in the late 1970's. Beginning in producing a couple of AIP films (such as the 1976 science fiction thriller Futureworld) in addition to a bunch of ITC Entertainment films (such as the 1977 thriller The Domino Principle) and Canadian films (such as the 1979 comedy The Silent Partner), they eventually worked their way up by producing First Blood in 1982. Financing their productions through international sales, they created a model in which their films often had high budgets and gave the actors a handsome sum for their services. A few of their movies even broke records for the highest budgeted movies ever (1985's Rambo: First Blood Part II cost $44 million, 1988's Rambo III cost $63 million and 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day cost $102 million, the first film to break that mark).

Despite their success, the high costs and the company's spending sprees (they also broke into television production, home video distribution and owned a studio formerly owned by Dino de Laurentiis in North Carolina) caught up with the company. Vajna left to start his own production company, Cinergi, and Kassar began to spend more to make more. Two 1995 productions, Showgirls and Cutthroat Island, sealed the company's fate as both films cost a combined $140 million and grossed just a combined $30 million.

Kassar and Vajna later got back together for a few productions under the C2 Pictures name.

Around 20 years after its closure, Carolco's name and logo were bought by Alex Bafer, who renamed his own Brick Top Productions to carry the Carolco name, even bringing Mario Kassar on as chief development executive.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were regulars for the Carolco brand. Jerry Goldsmith scored the company's fanfare and releases were mostly distributed through TriStar Pictures (though their last films were released by MGM; the revived company has yet to announce a distribution partner).

Films produced by Carolco Pictures include: