|As an Actor||Supporting||8||$631,961,843||$703,301,692||$1,335,263,535|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$278,534,572||$462,652,261||$741,186,833|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||2||$4,164,911||$2,924,060||$7,088,971|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 8 films, with $1,335,263,535 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,340)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon), Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon 2), Sailor Joey Motorola (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), Jay (Knocked Up), Jay Baruchel (This is the End)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: This is the End (Co-Producer), Goon (Producer), Goon (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois, Gerard Butler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill|
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.
June 19th, 2014
When the RoboCop remake was announced, a lot of people thought it would be a disaster. The original RoboCop is widely considered a classic that not only offers a lot of action, but is also a smart satire. Some where expecting the film to be a complete train wreck. That wasn't the case, at least not with critics. Granted, 49% positive isn't a good score, but it is better than expected. Will I like it more than I thought I would? Or will I recommend skipping this movie and sticking with the original?
June 1st, 2014
It is too soon to tell how May will end, as this story will be published before the weekend estimates came out. (Maleficent had an excellent start on Friday, unlike A Million Ways to Die in the West.) Overall, it was a good month with at least three movies that are on track to hit $200 million, but there was no really big winner for the month. It was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, last May there was a monster hit, Iron Man 3, and 2014 could not compete with that, so it lost ground to 2013. June hopes to turn things around and there are some reasons to be optimistic. All four weeks there is at least one film opening that at least has a shot at $100 million. There are even two films that at least have a shot at $300 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should win the monthly box office race while How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a long shot to win, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if it did. Additionally, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, and Think Like a Man 2 are all contenders for the century club. Not all of them will get to that milestone, but all of them at least have a short. Last June, there were three films that reached $200 million, including Man of Steel, which nearly reached $300 million. It looks like June of 2014 will be about as strong as June of 2013, more or less. If all films reach their potential, it could win the year-over-year comparison. Unless there are some shocking bombs, it shouldn't struggle so much that 2014 loses its lead over 2013 entirely.
August 3rd, 2013
How to Train Your Dragon came out in 2010, and while it is not the biggest hit from Dreamworks, it remains their best. Since then, a sequel has been put in the works, but to fill the time, a TV series was made. Dragons: Riders of Berk is not the first TV series based on an animated movie. In fact, it is the third from Dreamworks alone. But is it worth checking out for fans of the movie? Or is it a pale imitation?
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
|3/1/2019||How to Train Your Dragon 3||Hiccup||$0||$0||$0|
|9/1/2017||Goon: Last of the Enforcers||$0||$70,368||$70,368|
|6/13/2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Hiccup||$177,002,924||$437,583,346||$614,586,270|
|3/14/2014||The Art of the Steal||Francie Tobin||$61,446||$0||$61,446|
|6/12/2013||This is the End||Jay Baruchel||$101,470,202||$25,068,915||$126,539,117|
|7/14/2010||The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Dave Stutler||$63,150,991||$154,835,329||$217,986,320|
|3/26/2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Hiccup||$217,581,231||$277,289,760||$494,870,991|
|3/12/2010||She's Out of My League||Kirk||$32,010,860||$16,670,117||$48,680,977|
|5/22/2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Sm…||Sailor Joey Motorola||$177,243,721||$224,987,342||$402,231,063|
|10/3/2008||Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist||Tal||$31,487,293||$2,398,724||$33,886,017|
|8/13/2008||Tropic Thunder||Kevin Sandusky||$110,461,307||$80,629,943||$191,091,250|
|6/1/2007||I'm Reed Fish||Reed Fish||$3,567||$0||$3,567|
|12/15/2004||Million Dollar Baby||Danger Barch||$100,492,203||$131,436,024||$231,928,227|
|10/11/2002||The Rules of Attraction||Harry||$6,525,762||$5,273,298||$11,799,060|
|9/1/2017||Goon: Last of the Enforcers||Director,|
|6/12/2013||This is the End||Co-Producer||$101,470,202||$25,068,915||$126,539,117|