|As an Actor||Leading||19||$1,225,643,180||$1,252,578,449||$2,478,221,629|
|Lead Ensemble Member||10||$824,232,819||$924,946,653||$1,749,179,472|
|In Technical Roles||Associate Producer||1||$148,478,011||$165,633,912||$314,111,923|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 19 films, with $2,478,221,629 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #81)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Lightning McQueen (Cars 3), Lightning McQueen (Cars 2), Lightning McQueen (Cars), Jedediah (Night at the Museum), Kevin Rawley (Meet the Fockers)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: As Good as it Gets (Associate Producer), You, Me and Dupree (Producer), The Royal Tenenbaums (Screenwriter), The Royal Tenenbaums (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: John Lasseter, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Joe Ranft, Shawn Levy|
|Born: November 18th, 1968 (48 years old)|
June 1st, 2017
May was a really soft month with only one unqualified hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, which is climbing towards $375 million domestically. The second biggest hit of the month will be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and I would be surprised if it tops $150 million by any serious margin. June looks a lot more profitable. There are five weeks and every week there is at least one film with a great shot at $100 million or more. In fact, there are four films with at least a decent shot at $200 million and we could double the number of $300 million hits released so far this year. Wonder Woman is widely expected to start the month with an explosive debut and pulling in more than $100 million during its opening weekend is more and more likely. That said, Despicable Me 3 will probably end up being the biggest hit overall with over $300 million. Meanwhile, Cars 3 and Transformers: The Last Knight are both aiming for $200 million. Last June was not particularly strong, outside of one hit. Finding Dory earned nearly $500 million domestically, while the second best film, Central Intelligence, barely earned a quarter of that. I don’t think any film will come close to Finding Dory, but there’s a lot more depth this time around and I have high hopes 2017 will extend its lead.
May 25th, 2017
May 1st, 2017
January 3rd, 2017
January 1st, 2017
December box office numbers helped 2016 end on ... a note. The good news and the bad news almost exactly balance out. On the one hand, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will finish the year with more than $400 million after just 16 days of release. That’s a stunning amount of money that helped 2016 earn a record box office at the domestic market. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $650 million during December of 2015, so the month lost a lot of its lead over 2015, so much so that ticket sales fell behind last year’s total. The weakness at the end of the year will spill over into 2017, which is terrible news. A slow start could result in the dominant box office story being 2017 struggles compared to 2016. Bad news like this can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sadly, 2017 is also going to get off to a slow start when it comes to wide releases / expansions. There are 16 films scheduled to open or expand wide this month and none of them are expected to get to $100 million. It is likely none of them will even get very close. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is expected to be the best of a weak bunch, but I could see it getting beat by one of the five Oscar contenders opening wide this month, if it gets off to a slow start and one of the Oscar contenders starts picking up steam. Hidden Figures got off to a great start on Christmas Day and should it continue to earn Awards Season recognition, including some Oscar nominations, it could be in wide release well into February. Last January wasn’t as busy with 13 films opening or expanding wide over five weeks. Of these, two of them, The Revenant and Kung Fu Panda 3, topped $100 million domestically, while another, Ride Along 2, came close. 2017 is going to get destroyed in the year-over-year comparison.
November 21st, 2016
Kubo and the Two Strings came out in the late summer and struggled at the box office, despite its nearly unanimously positive reviews. It wasn’t a bomb and was better than most Stop-Motion animated films at the box office, but that still meant it wasn’t seen by many moviegoers. Should it be seen by more? Or will it only appeal to the niche market fans of this animation style?
September 1st, 2016
August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top.
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.
August 30th, 2015
Straight Outta Compton will win a third weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates released on Sunday, but it won’t be without a struggle. The biopic lost on Friday to War Room, a faith-based film that opened in just 1,135 theaters, and the weekend race will finish with just a couple of million dollars between the two films, with Compton’s $13.2 million edging out War Room’s $11 million. Compton now has $134 million in the bank, making it the fifth-highest-grossing biographical film after American Sniper ($350 million), Lincoln ($182 million), A Beautiful Mind ($170 million), and Catch Me if You Can ($165 million). If you’re playing the Oscars game at home already, it’s worth noting that three of the four films above it received Best Picture nominations (Catch Me if You Can being the odd-one-out).
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?
February 21st, 2015
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.
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
October 21st, 2013
This week on the home market is... well... it's short. Last week, according to Amazon.com, there were 459 new releases or reissues. This week there are 161. Fortunately, there are a few releases of note, including The Conjuring, which pulled in more than $300 million worldwide on a production budget of just $20 million. Fortunately, it really deserved this success and the DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack are contenders for Pick of the Week. Other contenders include Before Midnight on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and The Way Way Back on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. In the end, it was literally a coin toss and The Conjuring won.
June 6th, 2013
The first weekend in June is also the slowest weekend in June as far as wide releases go. Neither The Internship nor The Purge are likely to become more than midlevel hits. Even so, one of them should finish in first place, ending Fast and Furious 6's two-week run on top. Last year there were two major releases, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus earned more than $50 million during their opening weekend. Neither new release will match that figure. They won't make that much combined over the weekend.
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
November 13th, 2012
When the Pixar Short Film Collection, Volume 1 came out five years ago, I was super excited. Not only do I love Pixar's theatrical release, but I like short films in general and there are so few places to get them. I'm less excited about volume 2, because Pixar has been releasing its short films on DVD and Blu-ray, so if you have been keeping up with their releases, you have this already. But, is there more to this release than just the short films?
|6/16/2017||Cars 3||Lightning McQueen||$148,772,915||$159,486,085||$308,259,000|
|8/26/2015||No Escape||Jack Dwyer||$27,288,872||$15,555,644||$42,844,516|
|8/21/2015||She's Funny That Way||Arnold Albertson||$111,993||$4,864,266||$4,976,259|
|12/19/2014||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Jedediah||$113,746,621||$242,800,000||$356,546,621|
|12/12/2014||Inherent Vice||Coy Harlingen||$8,110,975||$581,923||$8,692,898|
|8/22/2014||Are You Here||Stave Dallas||$0||$938,942||$938,942|
|3/7/2014||The Grand Budapest Hotel||M. Chuck||$59,076,019||$105,274,390||$164,350,409|
|10/14/2011||The Big Year||Kenny Bostick||$7,204,138||$480,386||$7,684,524|
|6/24/2011||Cars 2||Lightning McQueen||$191,450,875||$368,704,508||$560,155,383|
|5/20/2011||Midnight in Paris||Gil||$56,816,662||$106,021,711||$162,838,373|
|12/22/2010||Little Fockers||Kevin Rawley||$148,438,600||$162,211,974||$310,650,574|
|12/17/2010||How Do You Know?||Matty||$30,212,620||$19,415,557||$49,628,177|
|11/13/2009||The Fantastic Mr. Fox||Coach Skip||$21,002,919||$26,082,145||$47,085,064|
|5/22/2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Sm…||Jedediah||$177,243,721||$224,987,342||$402,231,063|
|12/25/2008||Marley & Me||John Grogan||$143,153,751||$104,658,260||$247,812,011|
|3/21/2008||Drillbit Taylor||Drillbit Taylor||$32,862,104||$16,824,159||$49,686,263|
|9/29/2007||The Darjeeling Limited||Francis||$11,902,715||$23,176,203||$35,078,918|
|5/18/2007||The Wendell Baker Story||Neil King||$127,188||$0||$127,188|
|12/22/2006||Night at the Museum||Jedediah||$250,863,268||$328,583,139||$579,446,407|
|7/14/2006||You, Me and Dupree||Randy Dupree||$75,802,010||$54,600,000||$130,402,010|
|7/15/2005||The Wedding Crashers||John Beckwith||$209,218,368||$74,000,000||$283,218,368|
|12/22/2004||Meet the Fockers||Kevin Rawley||$279,167,575||$237,400,000||$516,567,575|
|12/10/2004||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Ned Plimpton||$24,006,726||$10,800,000||$34,806,726|
|6/16/2004||Around the World in 80 Days||the Wright Brothers||$24,004,159||$48,000,000||$72,004,159|
|3/5/2004||Starsky & Hutch||Ken Huchinson||$88,200,225||$82,000,000||$170,200,225|
|1/30/2004||The Big Bounce||Jack Ryan||$6,471,394||$154,721||$6,626,115|
|2/7/2003||Shanghai Knights||Roy O'Bannon||$60,470,220||$27,846,615||$88,316,835|
|11/1/2002||I Spy||Alexander Scott||$33,561,137||$26,718,685||$60,279,822|
|12/14/2001||The Royal Tenenbaums||Eli Cash||$52,353,636||$19,077,240||$71,430,876|
|11/30/2001||Behind Enemy Lines||Lt Burnett||$58,855,732||$0||$58,855,732|
|10/6/2000||Meet the Parents||Kevin Rawley||$166,225,040||$164,200,000||$330,425,040|
|5/26/2000||Shanghai Noon||Roy O'Bannon||$56,932,305||$14,257,530||$71,189,835|
|9/17/1999||Breakfast of Champions||Monte Rapid||$178,287||$0||$178,287|
|9/10/1999||The Minus Man||Vann Siegert||$370,668||$0||$370,668|
|7/23/1999||The Haunting||Luke Sannerson||$91,188,905||$89,000,000||$180,188,905|
|12/11/1998||Rushmore||Guy at party (uncredited)||$17,105,219||$1,975,216||$19,080,435|
|6/14/1996||The Cable Guy||Robin's Date||$60,240,295||$42,585,501||$102,825,796|
|7/14/2006||You, Me and Dupree||Producer||$75,802,010||$54,600,000||$130,402,010|
|12/14/2001||The Royal Tenenbaums||Screenwriter,|
|12/24/1997||As Good as it Gets||Associate Producer||$148,478,011||$165,633,912||$314,111,923|