|As an Actor||Cameo||4||$567,209,829||$774,115,624||$1,341,325,453|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||10||$1,227,546,826||$1,541,707,821||$2,769,254,647|
M. Night Shyamalan
|Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 10 films, with $2,769,254,647 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #29)|
|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 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.
|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,|