|Jun 22, 1979||The Muppet Movie||$8,000,000||$76,657,000||$76,657,000|
|Jun 26, 1981||The Great Muppet Caper||$2,760,026||$31,206,251||$31,206,251|
|Jul 13, 1984||The Muppets Take Manhattan||$4,416,022||$25,534,703||$25,534,703|
|Dec 11, 1992||The Muppet Christmas Carol||$12,000,000||$5,010,109||$27,281,507||$27,281,507|
|Feb 16, 1996||Muppet Treasure Island||$10,112,833||$34,327,391||$34,327,391|
|Jul 14, 1999||Muppets From Space||$24,000,000||$4,826,049||$16,304,786||$16,304,786|
|Nov 23, 2011||The Muppets||$45,000,000||$29,239,026||$88,625,922||$160,971,922||Play|
|Mar 21, 2014||Muppets Most Wanted||$55,000,000||$17,005,126||$51,178,893||$79,312,301||Play|
Box Office History for Muppets Movies
November 26th, 2014
This Thursday is Thanksgiving, which means this is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and a ton of shopping. It also means the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next month, we will talk about TV on DVD releases, independent releases, foreign language releases, classics, etc. but this week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. In some ways, this is better than last year, as there were a wider number of big releases that would make great gifts. However, in other ways it is much weaker. I can't think of a single big franchise box set that came out this year. There are some smaller ones, like the Halloween Box Set, but while the franchise has lasted ten installments and 30 years, how many can you really say are worth repeated viewing? Fortunately, there were plenty of great films to come out this year, starting with what is currently the biggest hit of the year.
August 7th, 2014
The Muppets was the first Muppet movie in more than a decade, but it was a big hit with critics and did very well in theaters for a live action family film. A sequel was inevitable, but as the opening song of Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel is rarely as good as the original. Is this the case here? Is it one of the rare exceptions? If not, is it still good enough to check out?
April 1st, 2014
March is over and it ended on a bit of a down note. Noah topped expectations, but not every film managed to do the same. For instance, Sabotage barely avoided the Mendoza Line. Overall the box office was down less than $1 million, or 0.7%, when compared to last weekend. Compared to last year, the box office was down 5%, which isn't great, but given how strong 2014 has been, it is hardly a reason to panic. In fact, year-to-date, 2014 has a 6% lead over 2013 at $2.35 billion to $2.22 billion.
March 20th, 2014
Another week, another pair of wide releases. That's becoming a common thing to say. It is also a good thing to say, because too many movies tend to hurt all films involved and it is much better to have one big release and the counter-programing film. This week the big release is Divergent, which the studio is hoping will be the start of a new franchise. The box office tracking for the film looks good, even if the reviews do not. The counter-programing this week is Muppets Most Wanted, which is also opening with a saturation level theater count and it looks to do as well as The Muppets did. Last year there was also a strong one-two punch with The Croods topping Olympus has Fallen $43.64 million to $30.37 million. I'm not sure that Muppets Most Wanted will hold up its end of the bargain, but Divergent is poised for an opening of at least $50 million. It looks likes 2014 will again win over 2013.
March 1st, 2014
2014 continued its strong run in February with The Lego Movie beating even the high end expectations and will become the first film released in 2014 to reach $200 million. March doesn't look as strong, as no film is on track to hit $200 million, but there are five films that have a chance at $100 million. Granted, not all of them will get there; in fact, there's a chance only one of them will get there. Divergent is the film I think has the best shot at the century club, but it could be joined by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, for instance, which is earning surprisingly strong reviews. Noah is a big-budget Bible epic and the studio has to be hoping for at least $100 million, but the buzz is quite negative and there have been reports of troubles behind-the-scenes. Last March was led by Oz The Great and Powerful, which pulled in more than $200 million domestically. I don't think any film opening this March will match that figure. In addition, The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation also hit the $100 million milestone, while Olympus Has Fallen came very close. Granted, there were also some big bombs last March, like The Host, but even so, I think 2014 will lose ground in the year-over-year comparison.
December 19th, 2013
Part III of the Holiday Gift Guide is a little late due to reasons you probably don't want to hear the details about. (I believe I've developed a food allergy to something in Eggnog.) The third installment of our holiday gift guide includes independent films, classics, foreign films, etc. The fastest way to find gifts is to go to the Independent Spirit Awards nominations and find any film that is on that list that is already out on DVD / Blu-ray (Frances Ha, Mud, etc.). Unfortunately, most of the films competing for Awards Season glory are still in theaters and not available as gifts. But there are still many films worth picking up, starting with...
December 10th, 2013
It's a good week / bad week when it comes to new releases. On the positive side, there are a couple big first run releases, a couple big TV on DVD releases, and even a classic film hitting Blu-ray for the first time. On the other hand, the depth is really bad. If you look at Amazon.com's list of best selling new releases, you will find filler on the second page. That's not to say there are no contenders for Pick of the Week. Despicable Me 2 is the best selling release and the Blu-ray Combo Pack or 3D Combo Pack are also among the best, as is Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. There are also a few more contenders where I'm waiting for a screener (Berberian Sound Studio, The Hunt, etc.). and it is a busy week for top notch releases. In the end, I went with Despicable Me 2 for that honor, but it was a real coin toss.
August 11th, 2013
The Muppet Movie came out 34 years ago, which makes it a little strange they are releasing a 35th Anniversary edition Blu-ray this week. Then again, I'm glad I don't have to wait another year to get this movie on Blu-ray, because I loved it as a kid. Does it still hold up decades later? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up if you are a fan of the movie?
Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Frank Oz||6||Various roles||$211,311,638||$5,690,742,758||3.7%|
|Dave Goelz||5||Gonzo/Dr. Bunsen Honeydew/Waldorf/The Birdman||$367,573,400||$1,221,496,485||30.1%|
|Steve Whitmire||4||Kermit The Frog/Rizzo the Rat/Beake||$290,916,400||$370,742,501||78.5%|
|Bill Barretta||4||Swedish Chef, Rowlf, De. Teeth, Pepe the Prawn, Bobo, Fozzie Moopet||$290,916,400||$290,916,400||100.0%|
|Jim Henson||3||Various voices||$133,397,954||$218,165,867||61.1%|
|Jerry Nelson||3||Floyd Pepper/Crazy Harry/Robin the Frog/Lew Zealand||$127,289,177||$127,364,333||99.9%|
|David Rudman||2||Scooter, Janice, Miss Poogy||$240,284,223||$240,284,223||100.0%|
|Gates McFadden||2||Space Agent #2||$41,839,489||$717,457,750||5.8%|
|Matt Vogel||2||Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Camilla, Sweetums, 80's Robot, Lew Zealand, Uncle Deadly, Rowlf Moopet, Crazy Harry||$240,284,223||$240,284,223||100.0%|
|Kevin Clash||2||Bad Polly/Black Dog/Spa'am||$50,632,177||$62,599,070||80.9%|
|Ray Liotta||2||Gate Guard||$95,617,087||$2,188,067,571||4.4%|
Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Jerry Juhl||2||Screenwriter (2)||$110,984,391||$110,984,391||100.0%|
|David Hoberman||2||Producer (2)||$240,284,223||$2,019,055,458||11.9%|
|Todd Lieberman||2||Producer (2)||$240,284,223||$2,131,862,214||11.3%|
Executive Producer (2)
|Martin G. Baker||2||
Executive Producer (1)
|Don Burgess||2||Director of Photography (2)||$240,284,223||$6,348,586,541||3.8%|
|James Thomas||2||Editor (2)||$240,284,223||$524,475,527||45.8%|
|Rahel Afiley||2||Costume Designer (2)||$240,284,223||$240,284,223||100.0%|
|Christophe Beck||2||Composer (2)||$240,284,223||$8,362,648,183||2.9%|
|John G. Scotti||2||
Executive Producer (2)
Unit Production Manager (2)
Music Supervisor (2)
Song Writer (1)
Associate Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)