|As an Actor||Leading||5||$470,884,987||$723,712,231||$1,194,597,218|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$480,308,829||$1,172,320,051||$1,652,628,880|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||4||$255,074,726||$346,054,040||$601,128,766|
Sacha Baron Cohen
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 5 films, with $1,194,597,218 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #170)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: King Julian XII (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted), Thenardier (Les Miserables), Julien (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), King Julien (Madagascar), Scotty (Django Unchained)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Borat (Screenwriter), Borat (Story Creator), Borat (Character Creator), Borat (Producer), Dinner for Schmucks (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Larry Charles, Peter Baynham, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hines, Anna Faris|
June 20th, 2016
There are two wide releases coming out this week, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, although the latter is only coming out on Video on Demand. Neither of these are big releases and it only gets much worse from there. There wasn't a lot of competition for Pick of the Week, but I went with Fantastic Planet: Criterion Collection. It's a classic, but it is also a French Surrealist animated film, so that will limit its target audience.
May 1st, 2016
April started on a soft note and ended weak, but thanks to The Jungle Book, overall the month was actually really good. That's what happens when you get a surprise $300 million hit. This bodes well for May, which is both a slow month and a fantastic month. There are only four weekends and only eight movies coming out, but of those eight films, five have a shot at $100 million. The potential blockbusters are led by Captain America: Civil War, which is not only going to be the biggest hit of the month, but according to a Fandango survey, it is the most anticipated film of the summer. (On a side note, Finding Dory is the most anticipated family film of the summer and Ghostbusters is the most anticipated comedy of the summer. I was surprised by the last result.) Both Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse have real shots at $200 million. One of them could get to $300 million, if they weren't opening against each other. Overall, the month looks excellent. Even better, last May there was only one monster hit, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and most analysts think Captain America: Civil War will beat it at the box office. (There's also the issue of the misalignment in the weekends, which hurt April, but will really help May.)
March 13th, 2016
Zootopia is headed to another big win at the box office this weekend, with a modest 33% decline from last weekend keeping it well ahead of a pack of new releases. Its $50 million gross this time around takes it to $142.6 million in total domestically. With $288.7 million in the bank internationally, including over $100 million in China by the end of the weekend, Disney looks to have struck gold again. A sequel, theme park tie-ins and merchandizing seem likely, although Disney has so much of that going on already, what with Star Wars, Marvel, its Princess lines, and Pixar, that this might actually be more of a niche for them. (A half-billion-dollar-and-counting niche. Nice work if you can get it.)
March 11th, 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane had the best results during its Thursday previews with $1.8 million in 2,500 theaters. This is the same as Insidious: Chapter 3 managed last year during its previews. That film opened with $22.69 million over the full weekend, which is a good target for 10 Cloverfield Lane to aim for. With amazing reviews, $25 million is within reach. We will know more tomorrow when we get Friday's estimates.
March 10th, 2016
There are four widish releases coming out this week, but only two of them are opening truly wide, while only one of them has any real box office power. That film is 10 Cloverfield Lane, which is the pseudo-sequel to Cloverfield. Very few people think it will match its predecessor, but it should open in a solid second place. That leaves Zootopia in the perfect spot to repeat on the top of the box office chart. This weekend last year, Cinderella led the way with $67.88 million. This is more than any one single film will make this year. However, the second biggest hit of last year was Run All Night at barely more than $11 million and no other film earned substantially more than $6 million. Perhaps the depth from 2016 will help it win in the year-over-year comparison. I'm not overly bullish that will happen, but we can't rule it out either.
March 1st, 2016
It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.
As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015.
|5/27/2016||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Time||$77,042,381||$200,400,000||$277,442,381|
|3/11/2016||The Brothers Grimsby||Nobby||$6,864,016||$21,884,368||$28,748,384|
|6/8/2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||King Julian XII||$216,391,482||$530,529,789||$746,921,271|
|11/7/2008||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Julien||$180,010,950||$419,505,894||$599,516,844|
|12/21/2007||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fle…||Signor Adolfo Pirelli||$52,898,073||$100,431,771||$153,329,844|
|8/4/2006||Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky…||Jean Girard||$148,213,377||$14,657,148||$162,870,525|
|12/31/2002||Ali G Indahouse||Ali G/Borat||$0||$25,936,616||$25,936,616|
|3/11/2016||The Brothers Grimsby||Screenwriter,|
|7/30/2010||Dinner for Schmucks||Executive Producer||$73,026,337||$13,770,165||$86,796,502|