|As an Actor||Cameo||5||$685,015,762||$532,922,318||$1,217,938,080|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||45||$5,195,495,057||$6,978,756,101||$12,174,251,158|
By Romain DUBOIS (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org)], via Wikimedia Commons
|Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 45 films, with $12,174,251,158 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #6)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Jurassic World (Executive Producer), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Executive Producer), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Executive Producer), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Director), Transformers: Age of Extinction (Executive Producer)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Famous Director (Austin Powers in Goldmember), Popcorn-Eating Man (The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Himself (Paul), Man in electric wheelchair (Gremlins), Cook County Clerk (The Blues Brothers)|
|Most productive collaborators: Kathleen Kennedy, Tom Hanks, John Williams, Michael Kahn, Tom Cruise|
|Born: December 18th, 1946 (70 years old)|
July 1st, 2016
It's July 1st, which is Canada Day. To celebrate, I wanted to give a gift to my American readers down south, so here's a bunch of "u"s. U, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u. Now you can spell words like "colour" and "neighbour" correctly. As for the July preview... June wasn't a good month, despite Finding Dory being on pace to become the biggest hit of the year so far. Most other films failed to match expectations and as a result, 2016's lead over 2015 has nearly evaporated. In fact, ticket sales are below last year's pace. So how does July look in comparison? Well, last July, there were five films that earned more than $100 million, led by Minions, which earned more than $300 million. This July, there are five films that should earn more than $100 million, led by The Secret Life of Pets, which should earned around $250 million. I don't think July 2016 will live up to July 2015, but it should be close. Maybe if one of the expected midlevel hits is a surprise $100 million hit, or if two more of the $100 million hits crack $200 million, then the month will look great. Or one of the expected $100 million hits could flop and 2016 will actually fall behind 2015, even without taking into account ticket price inflation.
June 30th, 2016
It's the first weekend of July, which means I should probably start the monthly preview. (I'm kidding. Although, I did have a computer crash this morning and lost a few hours of work. Save early. Save often.) Like last week, Finding Dory should earn first place over the weekend, while there are a trio of wide releases hoping to take advantage of the holiday. The BFG is the biggest in terms of box office potential. The Legend of Tarzan is the biggest in terms of production budget. Finally, The Purge: Election Year is the biggest in terms of profitability. This weekend last year, Inside Out climbed over Jurassic World for first place, as both films earned just under $30 million, Finding Dory will make almost that much combined.
April 17th, 2016
2016 is shaping up to be just about the perfect year on all fronts for Disney. They started the year with Star Wars at the top of the box office; Zootopia far out-performed expectations; Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Finding Dory position them perfectly for the Summer; and Doctor Strange and Star Wars: Rogue One are two of the most talked about movies coming at the end of the year. (Oh, and they’re slipping a long-awaited Steven Spielberg family-friendly film in the middle of all that.)
All-in-all, this could be a year of studio dominance the likes of which we haven’t seen since, well, last year, when Universal could do no wrong. Their incredible year really took flight at the beginning of April, when Furious 7 posted a monthly record $147 million opening weekend. The Jungle Book won’t hit those heights, but it will most likely be the second film to top $100 million in April, with Disney projecting a weekend of $103.57 million as of Sunday morning.
January 9th, 2016
The BAFTA nominations were announced and you can read them on their site... in alphabetical order. Alphabetical order is very useful in most circumstances, but not here. On the other hand, the nominees within each category are not presented in alphabetical order. ... Are the BAFTAs trolling us? As for the actual nominees, the big winners here are Bridge of Spies and Carol, both of which earned nine nominations. For Carol, this is just another impressive score, but this was a pleasant surprise for Bridge of Spies.
October 26th, 2015
Most of the new releases were not expected to do well at the box office. ... Almost no one saw this coming. We had some near-record bombs this weekend and even the best of the new releases were terrible. This left The Martian in first place; in fact, the top three spots and four of the top five were held by holdovers. The best new release, The Last Witch Hunter, barely cracked the $10 million mark. The overall box office fell 14% from last weekend to $105 million. This was also 9.5% lower than the same weekend last year. Midweek numbers were better this year than last year, so the year-over-year actually improved and 2015 now has a 5.2% lead over 2014 at $8.60 billion to $8.18 billion.
October 25th, 2015
Dismal is about the politest word that can be applied to the box office performance of new releases this weekend. None of the five films new in wide release managed to make the top three on the chart, and two of them didn’t even crack the top ten. That leaves The Martian and Goosebumps to battle it out for first place, and a fourth-week decline of just 25% for The Martian looks virtually certain to give it the win. Fox projects it will make $15.9 million for a total by the end of the weekend of $166 million or so. Its performance to date falls neatly between that of Interstellar and Gravity, which puts the sci-fi adventure on course for a final domestic box office of $230 million (see full comps here).
October 18th, 2015
A slightly-softer-than-expected (but still good) opening for Goosebumps will be enough to take the film to the top of the box office chart this weekend, according to studio projections released on Sunday morning. Sony expects the family horror adventure to come in with $23.5 million on opening weekend, which is a solid enough start, and sets the film up for a good run, helped by strong reviews and Halloween coming up in a couple of weeks. The Martian will land in second with a projected $21.5 million as of this morning, a slightly steeper-than-expected 42% decline from last weekend, and a total to date around $144 million. In general, we’re looking at quite a few steep drops from last weekend thanks to an unfavorable comparison with the Columbus Day long weekend and a batch of new releases.
October 1st, 2015
September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top.
December 1st, 2014
The Hundred-Foot Journey came out in August and was counter-programming, to be generous. It opened in barely more than 2,000 theaters and only managed fourth place during its opening weekend. On the other hand, its multiplier was 4.94, which is incredible compared to the average wide release, while it ended up a solid midlevel hit. Obviously the word-of-mouth was strong, but now that it is on the home market, will those who missed it in theaters want to check it out? And will those who saw it in theaters want to pick it up?
October 14th, 2014
In some ways, it is a great week on the home market, as there are several excellent releases worth picking up. In other ways, it is an even better week, because there are so few releases and almost no filler. The only downside is trying to select a release for Pick of the Week, as there are a number of competitors. One of the biggest releases of the week is X-Men: Days of Future Past on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and it is also one of the best. Other contenders include Mr. Peabody & Sherman on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Combo Pack, Fargo: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Witching and Bitching on DVD. Strangely, I'm still waiting for the screeners for all four films. In the end, I literally rolled a dice to determine the winner and it was X-Men: Days of Future Past.
May 6th, 2014
It's a short list this week, because there's almost nothing worth talking about. The best-selling new release according to Amazon is Veronica Mars, while the first page of new releases is dominated by Godzilla titles, and not even good Godzilla titles. There are not a lot of new releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week, but Still Mine on DVD is the best of what is out there. Meanwhile, another Canadian release, Republic of Doyle: Season 1 earns an honorable mention and is the Puck of the Week.
May 5th, 2014
The Terminal came out in 2004, just after Tom Hanks' record-breaking run of seven $100 million hits in a row came to an end. The streak ended with The Ladykillers, but many thought The Terminal would start a new streak. It didn't. Now that it has been ten years since it came out, does it feel like it underperformed at the box office. Or was this never going to be a big hit with moviegoers?
February 20th, 2014
Box office powerhouse Frozen has propelled head of Disney Animation (and Pixar) John Lasseter into 11th place in The Numbers Bankability Index for February. The Index measures the value people generate in the industry, and Lasseter certainly deserves his place towards the top of the chart, having built Pixar into an animation powerhouse, and rebuilt Disney's in-house animation studio so effectively that it's close to knocking Pixar off its perch as the industry leader.
September 22nd, 2013
Last week I unveiled our new People Records section and talked about some of top performers across different types of acting, from the blockbusting superstars to the unsung heroes, to the cameo kings and queens. We've added some more charts to the record section this week, this time covering technical roles, and once more there's a lot of data to be mined.
April 8th, 2013
Lincoln was an Oscar contender right from the very beginning. Steven Spielberg directing a movie about Abraham Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Of course it was an Oscar contender. Lincoln earned twelve Oscar nominations and earned two wins. Did the film deserve these awards? Or did it coast on reputation alone?
April 1st, 2013
March is over and while it is a little too soon to tell where a few films will end their box office runs, it is clear Oz The Great and Powerful won the month. Some films beat expectations to become midlevel hits, like The Call, but it wasn't a great month at the box office, especially compared to last year. This month, there are only seven wide releases spread over four weeks. Only one of those films, Oblivion, has a shot at being anything more than a midlevel hit. None of the other six releases look like they will come close to $100 million, but none of them look like obvious bombs either. (Although I do have my worries when it comes to Scary Movie 5.) Last April was even weaker with no film earning $100 million, although Think Like a Man did come relatively close. We might actually see growth on the year-over-year comparison. We'd better, because 2013 is behind 2012's pace by a huge margin at the moment and things will get worse when May arrives.
February 25th, 2013
Argo was the big winner at the Oscars last night, although arguably, there were no big winners, but a lot of films that shared in the glory. There were also some pretty interesting twists and a few events that stand out. Due to ongoing computer difficulties, I was unable to live-blog the Oscars this year. I will still be giving my reactions on a category by category basis, but not in the order they were handed out.
February 24th, 2013
Voting is closed in our annual Predict the Academy Awards contest, and Argo is the clear favorite to pick up the Best Picture award, based on the opinion of nearly 500 entrants. Ben Affleck's thriller took an impressive 80% of the vote, more than six times the score of Lincoln, which took second place in the poll. Coincidentally, the contest has predicted the winner of the Best Picture Oscar 80% of the time in the 15 years we've been running it. Quite a few other categories have strong favorites, but there are also some really close calls, and it looks as though the awards will be shared by several films tonight.
February 22nd, 2013
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we will look at the Best Director, which is one of the stranger races this year. Before Awards Season began, I thought Kathryn Bigelow would be the favorite. She wasn't even nominated. The evidence suggests Ben Affleck will win. But again, he wasn't even nominated. So with the top two choices not even on the list of nominees, we are looking at the best of the rest.
February 3rd, 2013
Directors Guild of America Awards were this weekend and the big winner shouldn't surprise too many people, assuming they've been paying attention. Argo won yet again and given this, Ben Affleck should be the favorite to win an Oscar at the end of the month... except he wasn't even nominated.
January 14th, 2013
The Directors Guild of America handed out their nominations for Feature Films last week and Documentaries today. No, I have no idea why they split up their announcements. Usually, there's a lot of overlap between the DGAs and the Oscars, but that's not the case this year, so we again have some surprises.
January 10th, 2013
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions.
December 13th, 2012
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five.
December 3rd, 2012
Catch Me If You Can opened on Christmas day 2002, and while it was never able to reach top spot on the box office chart (a little film called Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was blocking it) it did become a huge hit. Ten year later, it is coming out on Blu-ray. Has the film aged well? Is the Blu-ray worth the upgrade?
November 1st, 2012
October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office.
|11/25/2016||Mifune: The Last Samurai||Himself||$52,969||$0||$52,969|
|8/16/2013||Drew: The Man Behind the Poster||Himself||$3,078||$0||$3,078|
|7/25/2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Famous Director||$213,117,789||$79,620,837||$292,738,626|
|5/22/1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Popcorn-Eating Man||$229,086,679||$389,552,320||$618,638,999|
|6/8/1984||Gremlins||Man in electric wheelchair||$148,168,459||$0||$148,168,459|
|6/20/1980||The Blues Brothers||Cook County Clerk||$57,229,890||$0||$57,229,890|
|6/22/2018||Jurassic World Sequel||Producer,|
|3/30/2018||Ready Player One||Director,|
|4/14/2017||Finding Oscar||Executive Producer||$3,682||$0||$3,682|
|10/16/2015||Bridge of Spies||Producer,|
|6/12/2015||Jurassic World||Executive Producer||$652,198,010||$1,019,442,583||$1,671,640,593|
|8/8/2014||The Hundred-Foot Journey||Producer||$54,235,441||$40,035,047||$94,270,488|
|6/27/2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Executive Producer||$245,439,076||$858,600,000||$1,104,039,076|
|5/25/2012||Men in Black 3||Executive Producer||$179,020,854||$475,192,631||$654,213,485|
|12/21/2011||The Adventures of Tintin||Director,|
|10/7/2011||Real Steel||Executive Producer||$85,463,309||$178,417,032||$263,880,341|
|7/29/2011||Cowboys and Aliens||Executive Producer||$100,240,551||$75,669,764||$175,910,315|
|6/29/2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Executive Producer||$352,390,543||$771,400,000||$1,123,790,543|
|12/22/2010||True Grit||Executive Producer||$171,243,005||$81,033,923||$252,276,928|
|12/11/2009||The Lovely Bones||Executive Producer||$44,114,232||$50,780,216||$94,894,448|
|6/24/2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fa…||Executive Producer||$402,111,870||$434,407,829||$836,519,699|
|9/26/2008||Eagle Eye||Executive Producer||$101,440,743||$76,625,826||$178,066,569|
|5/22/2008||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom o…||Director||$317,023,851||$469,534,294||$786,558,145|
|12/20/2006||Letters from Iwo Jima||Producer||$13,756,082||$54,111,916||$67,867,998|
|10/20/2006||Flags of Our Fathers||Producer||$33,602,376||$30,055,565||$63,657,941|
|7/21/2006||Monster House||Executive Producer||$73,661,010||$67,606,360||$141,267,370|
|12/9/2005||Memoirs of a Geisha||Producer||$57,010,853||$104,500,000||$161,510,853|
|10/28/2005||The Legend of Zorro||Executive Producer||$45,575,336||$95,900,000||$141,475,336|
|6/29/2005||War of the Worlds||Director||$234,280,354||$372,556,181||$606,836,535|
|12/25/2002||Catch Me if You Can||Producer,|
|7/3/2002||Men in Black 2||Executive Producer||$190,418,803||$251,349,000||$441,767,803|
|7/18/2001||Jurassic Park III||Executive Producer||$181,166,115||$184,733,885||$365,900,000|
|6/29/2001||Artificial Intelligence: AI||Screenwriter,|
|2/5/1999||The Last Days||Executive Producer||$419,762||$0||$419,762|
|7/24/1998||Saving Private Ryan||Director,|
|7/17/1998||The Mask of Zorro||Executive Producer||$93,828,745||$139,871,255||$233,700,000|
|5/8/1998||Deep Impact||Executive Producer||$140,464,664||$209,000,000||$349,464,664|
|7/1/1997||Men in Black||Executive Producer||$250,690,539||$337,100,000||$587,790,539|
|5/22/1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Director||$229,086,679||$389,552,320||$618,638,999|
|11/24/1993||We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story||Executive Producer||$9,315,576||$0||$9,315,576|
|11/22/1991||An American Tail: Fievel Goes West||Producer||$20,218,664||$0||$20,218,664|
|6/15/1990||Gremlins 2: The New Batch||Executive Producer||$41,476,097||$0||$41,476,097|
|5/24/1990||Back to the Future Part III||Executive Producer||$88,055,283||$156,033,371||$244,088,654|
|3/9/1990||Joe Versus the Volcano||Executive Producer||$39,381,963||$0||$39,381,963|
|11/22/1989||Back to the Future Part II||Executive Producer||$118,450,002||$213,549,998||$332,000,000|
|5/24/1989||Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade||Director||$197,171,806||$277,000,000||$474,171,806|
|11/18/1988||The Land Before Time||Executive Producer||$48,092,846||$33,880,000||$81,972,846|
|6/22/1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit?||Executive Producer||$154,112,492||$197,387,508||$351,500,000|
|12/18/1987||*batteries not included||Executive Producer||$32,945,797||$0||$32,945,797|
|12/9/1987||Empire of the Sun||Director,|
|11/21/1986||An American Tail||Executive Producer||$47,483,002||$0||$47,483,002|
|3/26/1986||The Money Pit||Executive Producer||$37,499,651||$0||$37,499,651|
|12/18/1985||The Color Purple||Director,|
|12/4/1985||Young Sherlock Holmes||Executive Producer||$19,739,000||$0||$19,739,000|
|7/3/1985||Back to the Future||Executive Producer||$212,259,762||$173,265,100||$385,524,862|
|6/7/1985||The Goonies||Executive Producer,|
|5/23/1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of…||Director||$179,880,271||$153,200,000||$333,080,271|
|6/24/1983||Twilight Zone: The Movie||Director,|
|6/11/1982||ET: The Extra-Terrestrial||Producer,|
|9/18/1981||Continental Divide||Executive Producer||$15,578,000||$0||$15,578,000|
|6/12/1981||Raiders of the Lost Ark||Director||$248,159,971||$141,766,000||$389,925,971|
|7/18/1980||Used Cars||Executive Producer||$11,715,321||$0||$11,715,321|
|1/1/1978||I Wanna Hold Your Hand||Executive Producer||$1,900,000||$0||$1,900,000|
|11/16/1977||Close Encounters of the Third Kind||Screenwriter,|
|4/5/1974||The Sugarland Express||Story Creator,|