|As an Actor||Leading||23||$1,685,291,739||$1,792,130,705||$3,477,422,444|
|Lead Ensemble Member||9||$1,109,407,009||$1,754,518,609||$2,863,925,618|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||8||$522,346,296||$337,835,085||$860,181,381|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 23 films, with $3,477,422,444 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #53)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Alex (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted), Larry Daley (Night at the Museum), Greg Focker (Meet the Fockers), Larry Daley (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), Alex (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Megamind (Executive Producer), Tropic Thunder (Director), Tropic Thunder (Screenwriter), Tropic Thunder (Story Creator), Blades of Glory (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Eric Darnell, Shawn Levy, Stuart Cornfeld, Tom McGrath, Chris Rock|
May 23rd, 2016
Zoolander came out in 2001. It wasn't beloved by critics and wasn't a major hit in theaters, but did well enough on the home market to develop a loyal following. Zoolander 2 hit theaters earlier this year and failed to live up to its predecessor at the box office. Is this because its target audience had forgotten about the first film? Or did it fail at the box office, because it was just really bad?
February 1st, 2016
As expected, January was dominated by holdovers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant leading the way. That's not to say there were no new releases that did well, as Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 were hits with moviegoers. Looking forward, there is only one film that looks like a sure hit, Deadpool. There's a slim chance it could be a surprise $200 million hit. There's a much better chance it will be the only $100 million hit. Conversely, last February started with a $100 million hit coming out, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, while there were two other $100 million movies to come out that month, Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Looks like 2016 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison.
June 29th, 2015
While We're Young is the latest film from writer / director Noah Baumbach. He has a great streak going by his Tomatometer Scores and this film earned 84% positive reviews. However, the audience score is only 58% positive. That dichotomy is a bit troubling. Is this film designed to wow critics, but will leave the average moviegoer cold?
April 5th, 2015
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third film, and likely final film, in the Night at the Museum franchise. The previous two films were very profitable, but the films have never really won over critics. This film had the weakest run at the box office, but is it also the weakest in terms of quality?
March 29th, 2015
DreamWorks Animation has been having a tough time of it recently. Aside from How to Train Your Dragon 2, their last three films, Penguins of Madagascar, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Turbo were all financial failures, and, as an animation house, they are stuck with a business model that demands putting $100 million–$200 million into each film and hoping for a $500 million-plus global hit. That’s made doubly-difficult when you’re operating as a standalone entity and can’t fall back on the wider resources of the studio during hard times.
The opening weekend for Home, projected at $54 million, according to distributor Fox, is therefore very welcome news indeed. It marks the best opening by a non-sequel for the production house since Monsters vs. Aliens opened with $59.3 million on this weekend in 2009, and the third-best non-sequel debut in their history behind that film and Kung Fun Panda’s $60 million start in 2008.
December 1st, 2014
November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential.
December 1st, 2013
We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012.
January 27th, 2013
October 18th, 2012
The movie business deals with such huge numbers that it is no surprise executives are rather conservative when it comes to making movies. When $100 million is low-budget for a tentpole release, you can't afford to experiment. This is why there are so many franchises out there. Madagascar was extended to a trilogy this summer. But has the original idea been stretched too far? Or is there a lot of life left in these characters?
|2/12/2016||Zoolander 2||Derek Zoolander||$28,848,693||$26,500,000||$55,348,693|
|3/27/2015||While We're Young||Josh||$7,582,065||$5,841,111||$13,423,176|
|12/19/2014||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Larry Daley||$113,746,621||$242,800,000||$356,546,621|
|12/25/2013||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Walter Mitty||$58,236,838||$130,300,000||$188,536,838|
|6/8/2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Alex||$216,391,482||$530,529,789||$746,921,271|
|11/4/2011||Tower Heist||Josh Novaks||$78,046,570||$75,441,402||$153,487,972|
|12/22/2010||Little Fockers||Greg Focker||$148,438,600||$162,211,974||$310,650,574|
|9/10/2010||I'm Still Here||$408,983||$0||$408,983|
|8/21/2009||The Marc Pease Experience||Mr. Gribble||$4,033||$390,000||$394,033|
|5/22/2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Sm…||Larry Daley||$177,243,721||$224,987,342||$402,231,063|
|5/22/2009||The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story||Himself||$55,513||$0||$55,513|
|11/7/2008||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Alex||$180,010,950||$419,505,894||$599,516,844|
|10/5/2007||The Heartbreak Kid||Eddie||$36,787,257||$90,981,533||$127,768,790|
|12/22/2006||Night at the Museum||Larry Daley||$250,863,268||$328,583,139||$579,446,407|
|11/22/2006||Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny||Guitar Store Dude||$8,334,575||$5,100,000||$13,434,575|
|9/29/2006||School for Scoundrels||Lonnie||$17,807,569||$0||$17,807,569|
|5/27/2005||Madagascar||Ales The Lion||$193,595,521||$362,964,045||$556,559,566|
|12/22/2004||Meet the Fockers||Greg Focker||$279,167,575||$237,400,000||$516,567,575|
|7/9/2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Hispanic TV News Anchor||$84,136,909||$5,339,356||$89,476,265|
|6/18/2004||Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story||White Goodman||$114,326,736||$53,464,968||$167,791,704|
|3/5/2004||Starsky & Hutch||David Starsky||$88,200,225||$82,000,000||$170,200,225|
|1/16/2004||Along Came Polly||Ruben||$88,073,507||$84,970,903||$173,044,410|
|12/14/2001||The Royal Tenenbaums||Chas Tenenbaum||$52,353,636||$19,077,240||$71,430,876|
|10/6/2000||Meet the Parents||Greg Focker||$166,225,040||$138,374,859||$304,599,899|
|4/14/2000||Keeping the Faith||Rabbi Jacob Schram||$37,036,404||$8,300,000||$45,336,404|
|4/5/2000||Black and White||Mark Clear||$5,241,315||$0||$5,241,315|
|10/29/1999||The Suburbands||Jay Rose||$5,797||$0||$5,797|
|8/6/1999||Mystery Men||Mr. Furious||$29,762,011||$3,700,000||$33,462,011|
|9/16/1998||Permanent Midnight||Jerry Stahl||$1,171,001||$0||$1,171,001|
|8/19/1998||Your Friends and Neighbors||Jerry||$4,714,658||$0||$4,714,658|
|7/15/1998||There's Something About Mary||Ted||$176,484,651||$183,615,348||$360,099,999|
|1/30/1998||Zero Effect||Steve Arlo||$2,080,693||$0||$2,080,693|
|6/14/1996||The Cable Guy||Sam Sweet||$60,240,295||$42,585,501||$102,825,796|
|3/22/1996||Flirting with Disaster||Mel Coplin||$14,853,474||$1,295,706||$16,149,180|
|3/8/1996||If Lucy Fell||Bwick Elias||$2,410,162||$0||$2,410,162|
|2/17/1995||Heavy Weights||Tony Perkis/Tony Perkis Sr.||$17,671,310||$0||$17,671,310|
|2/18/1994||Reality Bites||Michael Grates||$20,079,850||$0||$20,079,850|
|1/1/1992||Highway to Hell||Pluto's Cook and Attila the Hun||$26,000||$0||$26,000|
|10/20/1989||Next of Kin||Lawrence Isabella||$15,942,628||$0||$15,942,628|
|12/9/1987||Empire of the Sun||Dainty||$22,238,696||$0||$22,238,696|
|5/8/1987||Hot Pursuit||Chris Honeywell||$4,215,859||$1,095,016||$5,310,875|
|12/25/2013||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Producer,|
|10/14/2011||The Big Year||Executive Producer||$7,204,138||$480,386||$7,684,524|
|8/12/2011||30 Minutes or Less||Producer||$37,053,924||$3,912,792||$40,966,716|
|5/22/2009||The Boys: The Sherman Brothers'…||Executive Producer||$55,513||$0||$55,513|
|3/30/2007||Blades of Glory||Producer||$118,594,548||$27,000,000||$145,594,548|
|11/22/2006||Tenacious D in: The Pick of Des…||Executive Producer||$8,334,575||$5,100,000||$13,434,575|
|6/18/2004||Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story||Producer||$114,326,736||$53,464,968||$167,791,704|
|6/14/1996||The Cable Guy||Director||$60,240,295||$42,585,501||$102,825,796|