|As an Actor||Cameo||4||$567,209,829||$774,115,624||$1,341,325,453|
|In Technical Roles||Director||11||$1,094,982,406||$1,392,062,114||$2,487,044,520|
M. Night Shyamalan
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 11 films, with $2,487,044,520 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #23)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Sixth Sense (Director), The Sixth Sense (Screenwriter), Signs (Director), Signs (Screenwriter), Signs (Producer)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Ray Reddy (Signs), Guard at Desk (The Village), Joey (The Happening), Stadium Drug Dealer (Unbreakable), Vick Ran (Lady in the Water)|
|Most productive collaborators: Will Smith, Sam Mercer, Joaquin Phoenix, Noah Ringer, Frank Marshall|
September 15th, 2015
Both of the two true wide releases had amazing openings this past week. Or to be more specific, amazing openings for a September release. The Perfect Guy did earn first place, but by less than half a million dollars over The Visit. Both films opened substantially above expectations. Thanks to this, the overall box office rose significantly, both compared to last week and compared to last year. The total box office was $102 million, which is 13% higher than last week. It is also 13% higher than the same weekend last year. September is already looking really good. Year-to-date, 2015 has pulled in $7.65 million putting it 5.3% ahead of last year's pace of $7.26 million. 2015 is nearly $400 million head of 2014's pace and there's not a lot of time for 2015 to blow that lead. It wouldn't be impossible, but it is getting more and more unlikely.
September 13th, 2015
The movie business will make its best ever start to the Fall Season in dollar terms this weekend, thanks to a couple of openers that are handily out-performing expectations. The second weekend in September is traditionally the weakest of the year for the industry, with the combined box office for all movies in release only reaching $100 million on two previous occasions (2008 and 2013). This year will be the third time itís happened, and final numbers will take 2015 comfortably past 2013ís record of $103.2 million (see complete rankings here). In terms of ticket sales, weíll still fall short of 1999ís high mark of 15.1 million, but we should see a weekend in the top 5 by that measure too.
September 12th, 2015
What is traditionally the weakest weekend of the year isnít looking too bad this morning, with The Perfect Guy and The Visit both posting solid opening day numbers on Friday. The Perfect Guy came out marginally ahead on the day, picking up an estimated $9.95 million compared to $9.22 million or so for The Visit. Both films will land over $20 million for the weekend, which is a victory at this time of year, but The Perfect Guy is expected to stretch its lead over the next couple of days.
September 10th, 2015
There are two and a half wide releases coming out this week, led by The Perfect Guy. I think it will earn first place at the box office, but it isn't a sure thing. Up next is The Visit, which is the latest from M. Night Shyamalan. It has been a while since he had real drawing power at the box office. Finally there's 90 Minutes in Heaven, which is not expected to open truly wide, but wide enough to get into the top ten. This weekend last year was led by No Good Deed, which opened with $24.25 million. I don't think any new release will match that this year. There's a chance none of them will match Dolphin Tale 2. I'm cautiously optimistic that 2015 won't lose by a substantial amount, but if either of the two truly wide releases bomb, then the box office will be in real trouble.
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.
May 1st, 2013
As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison.
|7/21/2006||Lady in the Water||Vick Ran||$42,285,169||$30,500,000||$72,785,169|
|7/30/2004||The Village||Guard at Desk||$114,197,520||$143,444,114||$257,641,634|
|11/22/2000||Unbreakable||Stadium Drug Dealer||$94,999,143||$153,100,000||$248,099,143|
|8/6/1999||The Sixth Sense||Dr. Hill||$293,506,292||$379,300,000||$672,806,292|
|7/1/2010||The Last Airbender||Screenwriter,|
|7/21/2006||Lady in the Water||Screenwriter,|
|8/6/1999||The Sixth Sense||Director,|