|As an Actor||Leading||16||$1,050,455,655||$697,009,809||$1,747,465,464|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$153,325,247||$45,094,175||$198,419,422|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||10||$487,439,022||$242,722,268||$730,161,290|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 16 films, with $1,747,465,464 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #114)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Ship Captain (Shrek the Third), Mantis (Kung Fu Panda), B.O.B. (Monsters vs. Aliens), Mac Radner (Neighbors), Mantis (Kung Fu Panda 3)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Neighbors (Producer), Sausage Party (Screenwriter), Sausage Party (Story Creator), Knocked Up (Executive Producer), This is the End (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Evan Goldberg, Nicholas Stoller, Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow, Andrew Jay Cohen|
|Born: April 15th, 1982 (34 years old)|
August 1st, 2016
July did reasonably well, thanks mostly to The Secret Life of Pets, which will top $300 million shortly and could earn double its nearest competitor when all is said and done. That said, there were also a quartet of $100 million hits as well, so the month had good depth as well. August isn’t as lucky. There is one film that is expected to earn $100 million during its opening weekend, Suicide Squad, and one more that is expected to reach $100 million in total, Pete’s Dragon. There could be a surprise hit among the rest of the releases, (my long shot with a shot is Sausage Party) but for the most part, the rest of the wide releases would be happy with just $50 million at the box office. Last August was a disaster and Straight Outta Compton was the only hit of the month. Unless Suicide Squad bombs compared to expectations, 2016 will come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
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.)
November 1st, 2015
October has come to an end and everyone should be happy about that. Except for The Martian, there were no serious hits that opened last month. There were more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Fortunately, October of last year wasn't spectacular either, so 2015 maintains a healthy lead over 2014. Even more fortunately, November looks fantastic. There are four films that have the potential to earn $200 million or more. The biggest of these is the final Hunger Games movie, which should reach $400 million. Spectre has a real shot at $300 million and could be the biggest hit in the franchise. Meanwhile, nearly every November there's an animated kids movie that becomes a monster hit. This year, The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur are both aiming for that box office milestone. The last time we didn't have a family film that earned at least $100 million in November was 2011 and that's because there were four family films that opened in the final two weeks of the month and that much competition meant they cannibalized each other. Both of these has a shot at $200 million and if neither of them reached $200 million, I would be shocked. Meanwhile, last November was a good month at the top with three monster hits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Big Hero 6, and Interstellar. However, after those three films, there were not much positive to talk about. It really looks like 2015 will match 2014 at the top, plus it could have better depth. I might be a little too optimistic, but I think November is going to be a great month at the box office.
October 1st, 2015
September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top.
December 1st, 2014
November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential.
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.
September 22nd, 2014
This summer was terrible at the box office with no $250 million hits throughout the summer until Guardians of the Galaxy opened in August. That said, there were a number of smaller movies that did quite well at the box office. Neighbors, for instance, cost less than $20 million to make, but pulled in $150 million at the box office. Was it a hit because of its quality? Or did it benefit from the weakness in the tentpole releases?
May 11th, 2014
Comedy triumphs at the box office this weekend, with Neighbors posting an impressive $51 million, according to Universal’s Sunday morning estimate. That’s the 16th-biggest opening ever for a comedy film (depending somewhat on one’s definition of what constitutes a comedy), and comparable to the debut of Ted (which made $54 million in 2012). It’s also easily Seth Rogen’s best weekend, ahead of the $33.5 million debut for The Green Hornet, and Zac Efron’s best, beating High School Musical: Senior Year.
May 1st, 2014
It has been a great year so far and April was again a strong month. The box office was led by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as it became the second film of the year to reach $200 million, while Rio 2 is on pace to become the seventh $100 million hit of the year. Big picture, 2014 has already hit $3 billion, which isn't a record for this time of the year, but it is $250 million ahead of 2013. That streak ends in May. Don't get me wrong. There are six films opening this month that at least have a shot at $100 million and two of those should earn more than $200 million and there are two others that at least have a shot at that milestone. Leading the way is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is looking to top The Winter Soldier and become the second biggest hit of the year so far. Its main competition this month is X-men: Days of Future Past, while Godzilla also has a shot at $200 million. Unfortunately, this month last year, Iron Man 3 earned more than $400 million, while two other films took in $200 million and seven films in total reached the century mark. That is going to be really hard to replicate this year and 2014 will likely lose some of its lead over 2013. Fortunately, 2014 has such a big lead that unless the box office really slumps, it will end the month with at least a small lead over 2013.
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.
April 28th, 2013
The Guilt Trip came out a week before Christmas, which is a great time of year to release a film. However, while it lived up to modest expectations, it was far from a hit at the box office. This is partially due to the huge amount of films released over the course of one week, but would it have thrived had it had the weekend to itself?
December 1st, 2012
November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month.
|8/12/2016||Sausage Party||Frank/Sergeant Pepper||$96,384,272||$26,094,280||$122,478,552|
|5/20/2016||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||Mac Radner||$55,340,730||$49,103,644||$104,444,374|
|1/29/2016||Kung Fu Panda 3||Mantis||$143,528,619||$375,100,000||$518,628,619|
|12/31/2015||Untitled Adam McKay Seth Rogen Comedy||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2015||B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations||Jackson Moss||$0||$0||$0|
|11/20/2015||The Night Before||Isaac||$43,035,725||$9,391,621||$52,427,346|
|10/9/2015||Steve Jobs||Steve Wozniak||$17,766,658||$17,636,850||$35,403,508|
|2/6/2014||The Interview||Aaron Rapaport||$6,105,175||$6,237,457||$12,342,632|
|6/12/2013||This is the End||Seth Rogen||$101,470,202||$25,068,915||$126,539,117|
|12/19/2012||The Guilt Trip||Andrew Brewster||$37,134,215||$4,160,459||$41,294,674|
|11/6/2012||Kung Fu Panda Holiday||Mantis||$0||$0||$0|
|6/29/2012||Take This Waltz||Lou||$1,239,692||$3,628,761||$4,868,453|
|5/26/2011||Kung Fu Panda 2||Mantis||$165,249,063||$499,588,484||$664,837,547|
|1/14/2011||The Green Hornet||Brit Reid/The Green Hornet||$98,780,042||$130,375,461||$229,155,503|
|7/31/2009||Funny People||Ira Wright||$51,855,045||$20,025,260||$71,880,305|
|4/10/2009||Observe and Report||Ronnie Barnhardt||$24,007,324||$3,141,574||$27,148,898|
|3/27/2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||B.O.B.||$198,351,526||$183,335,854||$381,687,380|
|2/6/2009||Fanboys||Admiral Seasholts, Alien Roach||$687,609||$0||$687,609|
|10/31/2008||Zack and Miri Make a Porno||Zack||$31,457,946||$5,398,360||$36,856,306|
|8/6/2008||The Pineapple Express||Dale Denton||$87,341,380||$15,062,639||$102,404,019|
|6/6/2008||Kung Fu Panda||Mantis||$215,434,591||$416,475,940||$631,910,531|
|3/14/2008||Horton Hears a Who||Morton||$154,529,439||$144,948,447||$299,477,886|
|2/14/2008||The Spiderwick Chronicles||Hogsqueal||$71,195,053||$91,644,614||$162,839,667|
|6/1/2007||Knocked Up||Ben Stone||$148,761,765||$70,504,187||$219,265,952|
|5/17/2007||Shrek the Third||Ship Captain||$322,719,944||$484,610,992||$807,330,936|
|7/14/2006||You, Me and Dupree||Neil||$75,802,010||$54,600,000||$130,402,010|
|8/19/2005||The 40 Year-old Virgin||Cal||$109,449,237||$67,894,993||$177,344,230|
|7/9/2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Eager Cameraman||$84,136,909||$5,339,356||$89,476,265|
|10/26/2001||Donnie Darko||Ricky Danforth||$1,270,522||$6,030,871||$7,301,393|
|12/31/2017||The Disaster Artist||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|5/20/2016||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||Screenwriter,|
|12/31/2015||Untitled Adam McKay Seth Rogen …||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|11/20/2015||The Night Before||Producer||$43,035,725||$9,391,621||$52,427,346|
|6/12/2013||This is the End||Story Creator,|
|12/19/2012||The Guilt Trip||Executive Producer||$37,134,215||$4,160,459||$41,294,674|
|1/14/2011||The Green Hornet||Executive Producer,|
|7/31/2009||Funny People||Executive Producer||$51,855,045||$20,025,260||$71,880,305|
|8/6/2008||The Pineapple Express||Story Creator,|
|6/1/2007||Knocked Up||Executive Producer||$148,761,765||$70,504,187||$219,265,952|
|8/19/2005||The 40 Year-old Virgin||Co-Producer||$109,449,237||$67,894,993||$177,344,230|