|As an Actor||Lead Ensemble Member||5||$265,770,020||$190,716,891||$456,486,911|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||4||$226,077,881||$153,016,891||$379,094,772|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 21 films, with $1,781,877,015 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,207)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Levy (The Heat), Ripcord (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Shorty (Scary Movie), Buster (Norbit), Malcolm Johnson (A Haunted House)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Scary Movie (Screenwriter), A Haunted House (Screenwriter), A Haunted House (Producer), Scary Movie V (Character Creator), A Haunted House 2 (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Shawn Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Michel Tiddes, Sandra Bullock, Paul Feig|
January 28th, 2016
There are three, three and a half, wide releases coming out this week. (I've seen reports that Jane Got a Gun is opening in 600 to 1,200 theaters. Even the high end will likely keep it out of the top ten.) Of the three truly wide releases, only Kung Fu Panda 3 is expected to be a significant hit. In fact, it will likely earn more than the rest of the top five combined. On the other hand, The Finest Hours will likely bomb compared to its $85 million production budget, while Fifty Shades of Black will be a financial hit only because its production budget is very low. This means for Kung Fu Panda 3 the only real competition is from last year, when American Sniper earned $30.66 million. Kung Fu Panda 3 should top that by about $20 million. Additionally, no other film earned more than $10 million last year, while this year there could be five films in the top five reaching that mark. 2016 should bounce back in the year-over-year comparison after two soft weeks.
January 1st, 2016
2016 will begin the same way 2015 ended, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on top. In fact, three of the five films that have the best shot at box office success in January are The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant, all of which opened in December. There are two true January releases that could also do really well, for this time of year: Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. The rest of the releases are just hoping to become midlevel hits. Last January, American Sniper dominated earning more than $300 million. Its success could prevent 2016 from being ahead in the year-over-year comparison by the end of the month, but this year does have better depth.
April 1st, 2014
March was stronger than expected when compared to 2013 with four films earning $100 million or more, led by Divergent. (Not all of them have gotten there yet, but they are certain to reach that milestone before they are done their box office runs.) It wasn't a blow-out victory, on the other hand, as a few weekends the ticket sales were lower in 2014 than they were during the same weekend in 2013. April looks really strong with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading the way. This film should top $200 million over the weekend, while it isn't the only film that should crack the century mark, as Rio 2 is also on track for $100 million. This is great news, as no film last April reached $100 million. Granted, 42 came close and Oblivion wasn't far behind, but The Winter Soldier should earn more than those two films earned combined giving 2014 a comfortable lead over 2013 over the full month.
January 1st, 2013
December ended on a positive note with 2012 topping 2011 with a week to spare. Hopefully this will translate into strong box office numbers going forward. There are several January releases that actually look very interesting, but you always have to ask, if the films are as good as they look, why are they opening in January? The biggest hit on this list will likely not be a January release, but a limited release from December that is expanding wide in January. Zero Dark Thirty opened in limited release the Wednesday before Christmas and right away it got off to an incredible start. If it can turn some of its Awards Season nominations into wins, which seems very likely at this point, it should be the biggest hit of January. If it can earn some major Oscars, then it might crack $100 million. Unfortunately, no other film on this release list is likely to come close to the $100 million mark. Last January was unseasonably strong with three films opening with $20 million or more and four films finishing with $50 million or more. It is possible that none of the new releases will reach those relatively weak standards.
|1/29/2016||Fifty Shades of Black||Mr. Black||$11,686,940||$9,078,413||$20,765,353|
|4/18/2014||A Haunted House 2||Malcolm||$17,329,487||$3,877,374||$21,206,861|
|1/11/2013||A Haunted House||Malcolm Johnson||$40,041,683||$19,880,875||$59,922,558|
|8/7/2009||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||Ripcord||$150,201,498||$152,267,519||$302,469,017|
|6/23/2004||White Chicks||Marcus Copeland||$69,148,997||$42,300,000||$111,448,997|
|3/26/2004||The Ladykillers||Gawain McSam||$39,692,139||$37,700,000||$77,392,139|
|7/4/2001||Scary Movie 2||Shorty Meeks||$71,277,420||$69,911,681||$141,189,101|
|12/8/2000||Dungeons and Dragons||Snails||$15,185,241||$18,586,724||$33,771,965|
|10/6/2000||Requiem for a Dream||Tyrone C. Love||$3,635,482||$3,753,751||$7,389,233|
|3/28/1997||The Sixth Man||Kenny Tyler||$14,765,099||$0||$14,765,099|
|1/12/1996||Don't Be a Menace to South Central Wh…||Loc Dog||$19,674,813||$0||$19,674,813|
|3/23/1994||Above the Rim||Bugaloo||$16,026,469||$0||$16,026,469|
|7/24/1992||Mo' Money||Seymour Stewart||$40,190,000||$0||$40,190,000|
|12/14/1988||I'm Gonna Git You Sucka||Pedestrian||$13,030,057||$0||$13,030,057|
|1/29/2016||Fifty Shades of Black||Producer,|
|4/18/2014||A Haunted House 2||Producer,|
|4/12/2013||Scary Movie V||Character Creator||$32,015,787||$46,598,194||$78,613,981|
|1/11/2013||A Haunted House||Screenwriter,|