|As an Actor||Supporting||13||$1,346,695,681||$1,682,943,436||$3,029,639,117|
|Lead Ensemble Member||11||$569,933,443||$624,119,644||$1,194,053,087|
|Best known as a Supporting Actress based on credits in that role in 13 films, with $3,029,639,117 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #284)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Cass (Big Hero 6), Rapunzel (Shrek the Third), Lilian (Bridesmaids), Deanna McKenzie (Grown Ups), Deanne (Grown Ups 2)|
|Most productive collaborators: Kristen Wiig, Paul Feig, Adam Sandler, T.J. Miller, Judd Apatow|
August 1st, 2017
July is over and we should all be happy about that. Granted, there were some positive results we can talk about. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a huge hit and Despicable Me 3 will pull in a sizable profit before it reaches the home market. There were also a couple of other $100 million hits and a midlevel hit or two; however, overall, 2017 wasn’t able to compete with 2016 and the box office finally lost its lead over last year. 2017 started the summer about $200 million ahead of 2016, but will finish July about $100 million behind last year’s pace. August doesn’t look any better. There are a couple of films that have a reasonable shot at $100 million, The Dark Tower and Annabelle: Creation, as well as a few that should be solid midlevel hits. However, last year we had Sausage Party and Don’t Breathe, both of which nearly hit $100 million, then we had midlevel hits like Pete’s Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings, and War Dogs. I don’t know if 2017 will be able to compete with that. ... Now some of you are thinking I forgot about Suicide Squad. Trust me, I will never forget that movie. I ignored it to make a point. Even without Suicide Squad, I don’t think 2017 will make up the deficit it has with 2016. With Suicide Squad, it is going to be a disaster. I want to be optimistic, but there’s no evidence to suggest I should be.
July 1st, 2017
I hate it when the first of the month lands on a Saturday. By the time this story goes live, we will still have almost no box office data for Despicable Me 3, so we won’t know if June ended on a positive note. Fortunately, Wonder Woman beat expectations and might end up as the biggest hit of the summer, at least for a little while. July begins with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which should make at least $300 million and is the last film being released this summer that has a shot at being a $400 million hit domestically. It is very likely that nothing else this month will come within $100 million of that movie, so that could help its legs. There are a few potential $100 million hits, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and a couple of other long shots. Last July had a similar feel with The Secret Life of Pets topping the list with well over $300 million, while there were five other $100 million hits. This July would have to beat expectations substantially to match this performance. I’m not confident 2017 will be able to maintain its pace at the box office. I’m worried at least one big film will struggled and 2017 will end the month behind 2016’s pace.
February 29th, 2016
I featured Drunk History on a Holiday Gift Guide and I stand by that recommendation. It's got a really simple set-up and a better than expected execution. On the other hand, I was worried that it's high concept meant a really short shelf life. Would I grow tired of the show after just three seasons? Or is it still entertaining?
February 23rd, 2015
Big Hero 6 just won the Oscar, which is great timing, as it hits the home market this Tuesday. Many were surprised that the film won. Should they be? Is this really the best animated film of the year?
January 1st, 2015
2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic.
April 13th, 2014
The Nut Job opened earlier this year and was a surprise hit more than doubling its production budget domestically. It did so well that a sequel is already in the works. Is this a good movie? Is it merely good enough for a kids movie? Or did it thrive because there wasn't a lot of competition when it opened?
January 1st, 2014
It's the first month of the new year, but the biggest hit might be a film released in December. Last month ended on a slow note with all five Christmas day releases failing to become hits, some more than others. (It's a little too soon to tell if The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will do well enough to break even any time soon, but neither is a serious hit.) There are still some December releases that will likely remain on the charts through the opening weekends of January, while there are some films that opened in limited release last month with a scheduled wide release this month. Of the purely January releases, I would guess Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the biggest hit. Even then, it won't live up to the previous films in the franchise, even if you don't take inflation into account. Most of the rest of the new releases will be happy if they can become midlevel hits. Last January was led by Mama, which earned more than $70 million. I think Shadow Recruit will top that figure at the box office, while there are a similar number of likely box office bombs opening this year as there were last year. 2014 could start out ahead of 2013's pace, but it likely won't be a huge difference either way.
|5/11/2018||Life of the Party||Christine||$0||$0||$0|
|8/11/2017||The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||Precious||$28,370,522||$29,842,952||$58,213,474|
|7/28/2017||The Emoji Movie||Smiler||$86,053,485||$130,191,791||$216,245,276|
|4/14/2017||My Entire High School Sinking Into th…||Verti||$68,883||$0||$68,883|
|6/3/2016||Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||Deborah||$9,496,130||$40,990||$9,537,120|
|5/20/2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Matilda||$107,509,366||$245,320,162||$352,829,528|
|12/12/2014||Inherent Vice||Petuna Leeway||$8,110,975||$6,661,371||$14,772,346|
|11/7/2014||Big Hero 6||Cass||$222,527,828||$429,600,000||$652,127,828|
|1/17/2014||The Nut Job||Precious||$64,251,538||$58,278,428||$122,529,966|
|7/12/2013||Grown Ups 2||Deanne||$133,668,525||$113,355,283||$247,023,808|
|7/5/2013||The Way Way Back||Caitlin||$21,502,690||$5,351,120||$26,853,810|
|3/9/2012||Friends with Kids||Leslie||$7,251,073||$7,106,679||$14,357,752|
|7/8/2011||Zookeeper||Molie the Giraffe Voice||$80,360,866||$90,444,659||$170,805,525|
|6/25/2010||Grown Ups||Deanna McKenzie||$162,001,186||$110,222,244||$272,223,430|
|6/5/2009||Away We Go||Verona||$9,451,946||$656,070||$10,108,016|
|5/17/2007||Shrek the Third||Rapunzel||$322,719,944||$484,610,992||$807,330,936|
|6/9/2006||A Prairie Home Companion||Molly||$20,342,852||$6,373,339||$26,716,191|
|2/13/2004||50 First Dates||Stacy||$120,776,832||$75,543,497||$196,320,329|
|12/24/1997||As Good as it Gets||Policewoman||$148,478,011||$165,633,912||$314,111,923|