|As an Actor||Supporting||7||$482,051,217||$394,876,235||$876,927,452|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$512,560,036||$788,299,057||$1,300,859,093|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||1||$9,496,130||$40,990||$9,537,120|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $876,927,452 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2,535)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Jonathan (Hotel Transylvania 2), Johnnystein (Hotel Transylvania), Toga #1 (Neighbors), Brent (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2), "Baby" Brent (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Adam Sandler, Genndy Tartakovsky, Nicholas Stoller, Robert Smigel, Selena Gomez|
September 1st, 2016
August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top.
June 1st, 2016
May was great, as long as you don't compare it to last May. Captain America: Civil War was a monster hit and is closing in on $400 million, while both X-Men: Apocalypse and The Angry Birds Movie will earn over $100 million. Looking ahead, every week in June, there is one movie that should top $100 million; however, only Finding Dory is expected to make more than $200 million. In fact, that film is expected to make close to $400 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide. Last June, there were two monster hits, Inside Out and Jurassic World, plus one $100 million hit, Spy. I don't see how 2016 will top that. Even if every film with a shot at $100 million gets to that milestone, 2016 still might not top last year's pace. Fortunately, 2016 does have a large lead and that could be enough to keep 2016 ahead of 2015's pace in the year-over-year competition. It could be really close at the end of the month, on the other hand.
January 10th, 2016
Hotel Transylvania came out a few years ago. It cost $85 million to make, which is a lot of money by nearly every definition, but relatively cheap for a digitally animated film. The reviews were mixed, but it was a big financial hit. It came as no surprise that there was a sequel. Hotel Transylvania 2 did better than its predecessor in nearly every way, but it is still a second-tier digitally animated film. For a second-tier film like this to succeed, all it needs to do is entertain the kids while not making the parents want to flee the room right away. That's not a particularly high bar to set. Does this film manage to get above that bar?
September 1st, 2015
As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy.
January 28th, 2013
There are quite a few films that opened wide in theaters on this week's list, but most of them bombed at the box office. Hotel Transylvania is the only exception, but while it is a good kids movie, it isn't Pick of the Week material. The best release of the week, in my opinion, is Seven Psychopaths on either DVD or Blu-ray.
|9/25/2015||Hotel Transylvania 2||Jonathan||$169,700,110||$301,209,791||$470,909,901|
|9/27/2013||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||Brent||$119,793,567||$154,599,082||$274,392,649|
|7/26/2013||The To Do List||Van||$3,491,669||$637,159||$4,128,828|
|8/3/2012||Celeste and Jesse Forever||Jesse||$3,103,407||$684,282||$3,787,689|
|7/27/2012||The Watch||Casual Wanker #1||$34,353,000||$32,777,045||$67,130,045|
|6/15/2012||That's My Boy||Todd||$36,931,089||$21,154,146||$58,085,235|
|9/30/2011||What's Your Number?||Gerry Perry||$14,011,084||$16,152,701||$30,163,785|
|7/22/2011||Friends with Benefits||Quincy||$55,802,754||$90,793,137||$146,595,891|
|9/18/2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||"Baby" Brent||$124,870,275||$111,957,402||$236,827,677|
|3/20/2009||I Love You, Man||Robbie Klaven||$71,440,011||$20,289,492||$91,729,503|
|10/3/2008||Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist||Homeless Guy||$31,487,293||$2,398,724||$33,886,017|
|7/18/2008||Space Chimps||Ham III||$30,105,968||$36,923,988||$67,029,956|
|8/3/2007||Hot Rod||Rod Kimble||$13,938,332||$396,069||$14,334,401|
|6/3/2016||Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||Screenwriter||$9,496,130||$40,990||$9,537,120|