|As an Actor||Cameo||2||$258,204,103||$216,820,272||$475,024,375|
|In Technical Roles||Director||9||$1,142,203,560||$1,671,440,294||$2,813,643,854|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 9 films, with $2,813,643,854 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #20)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: X-Men: Days of Future Past (Director), X-Men: Apocalypse (Director), X-Men: Apocalypse (Story Creator), X-Men: Apocalypse (Producer), Superman Returns (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Security Officer in Magneto's Prison (X2), Bridge Officer (Star Trek: Nemesis)|
|Most productive collaborators: Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Brandon Routh, Christopher McQuarrie, Patrick Stewart|
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.)
July 27th, 2015
X-Men: Days of Future Past came out last year and earned plenty of praise from critics. It also became the biggest worldwide hit in the franchise. Now it is being re-released on DVD or Blu-ray as something called The Rogue Cut. How is it different from the theatrical release? And is it worth the double-dip?
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.
March 1st, 2013
February is over, and for the most part, we should be very happy it is done and buried. The biggest hit of the month turned out to be Identity Thief, which will cross $100 million shortly. There were also a couple of impressive midlevel hits, like Warm Bodies and Escape from Planet Earth, but for the most part, it was miss after miss. This is bad news for March, which is not only dealing with a slumping 2013 box office, but will be compared with a strong March of 2012. Last March started with The Lorax, which earned more than $200 million. There's a good chance no March release this year will reach this milestone. Last March was also the month The Hunger Games opened, which earned more than $400 million. There's a chance the top three films opening this month won't earn that much combined. 2013 is going to take a beating in the year-over-year comparison and it is already $100 million behind last year's pace.
|5/2/2003||X2||Security Officer in Magneto's Prison||$214,949,694||$192,761,855||$407,711,549|
|12/13/2002||Star Trek: Nemesis||Bridge Officer||$43,254,409||$24,058,417||$67,312,826|
|5/23/2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Director||$233,921,534||$513,941,241||$747,862,775|
|3/1/2013||Jack the Giant Slayer||Director,|
|6/3/2011||X-Men: First Class||Story Creator,|
|6/28/2006||Superman Returns||Story Creator,|
|8/16/1995||The Usual Suspects||Director||$23,341,568||$11,107,788||$34,449,356|