|As an Actor||Leading||15||$646,329,777||$756,581,331||$1,402,911,108|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$379,690,402||$1,126,995,456||$1,506,685,858|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||5||$51,782,513||$48,864,317||$100,646,830|
|Best known as an Actress based on credits in that role in 47 films, with $4,810,219,423 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #222)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Cipher (The Fate of the Furious), Mary Embrey (Hancock), Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road), Evil Queen (Snow White and the Huntsman), Meredith Vickers (Prometheus)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Atomic Blonde (Producer), Dark Places (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Will Smith, David Leitch, Peter Berg, Kristen Stewart, Rupert Sanders|
|Born: August 7th, 1975 (42 years old)|
July 27th, 2017
The final weekend of July has two wide releases, Atomic Blonde and The Emoji Movie. Neither are expected to be monster hits, but both could be profitable at the box office. Atomic Blonde’s reviews are excellent and its connections to the John Wick movies could get people into theaters. The Emoji Movie still has no reviews and its buzz is incredibly negative. I haven’t seen buzz this negative since Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. This does give Dunkirk a real shot at repeating on top of the chart. This weekend last year, Jason Bourne opened with nearly $60 million, which will likely be more than both new releases this year earn. Even if Dunkirk has better legs than expected, there’s little hope 2017 will win in the year-over-year comparison.
July 1st, 2017
I hate it when the first of the month lands on a Saturday. By the time this story goes live, we will still have almost no box office data for Despicable Me 3, so we won’t know if June ended on a positive note. Fortunately, Wonder Woman beat expectations and might end up as the biggest hit of the summer, at least for a little while. July begins with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which should make at least $300 million and is the last film being released this summer that has a shot at being a $400 million hit domestically. It is very likely that nothing else this month will come within $100 million of that movie, so that could help its legs. There are a few potential $100 million hits, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and a couple of other long shots. Last July had a similar feel with The Secret Life of Pets topping the list with well over $300 million, while there were five other $100 million hits. This July would have to beat expectations substantially to match this performance. I’m not confident 2017 will be able to maintain its pace at the box office. I’m worried at least one big film will struggled and 2017 will end the month behind 2016’s pace.
June 16th, 2017
April 1st, 2017
March was a month of extremes, led by two strong performances: Beauty and the Beast breaking records and Logan cracking $200 million with ease. There were also two other $100 million hits and another potential $100 million hit that we don’t have significant box office numbers for yet. This is fantastic. On the opposite end, there were three films on last month’s list that didn’t even open truly wide. This month won’t be as lucrative at the top, as The Fate of the Furious is the only film expected to top $100 million. Fortunately, it is expected to open with over $100 million. On the other extreme, there are many, many films on this list that I’m not sure will open wide. Fortunately, last April wasn’t any better. The Jungle Book made nearly $1 billion worldwide, but the other nine films combined made less than half of that. To emphasize: the other nine films that opened last April averaged less than $50 million worldwide each. If The Fate of the Furious can just come close to the previous installment of the franchise, then 2017 has a solid shot at topping 2016.
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?
April 1st, 2016
March was a really good month, for the most part. There were a few bombs, but the two biggest films, Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both beat expectations by significant margins, so overall the box office was better than expected. Unfortunately, April is a mess, which makes prognosticating really tough. Every single week has at least one film that either moved, switched from wide to limited release, or disappeared entirely. The Jungle Book appears to be the biggest film of the year, but The Huntsman: Winter's War could also be a $100 million hit. Sadly, last April was led by Furious 7, which earned more than $350 million at the box office. That's very likely more than both The Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter's War will make combined. Worse still, there were only four weekends in April last year, meaning the month ends by going head-to-head with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the month ends, 2016's lead over 2015 might be gone. Let's hope it is not that bad.
November 27th, 2015
It's Thanksgiving weekend, which means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and of course the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. This week we will tackle first run releases, as well as franchise box sets. I'm going to try to keep it to a dozen or so releases, as these columns are notorious for getting out of hand. Also, while there were a record number of $1 billion box office hits, there were not as many first run releases that earned stellar reviews this year.
May 14th, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 both open wide this week. It is normally not a good idea to have two films competing for limited box office dollars, but these two films have divergent enough target audiences that it is unlikely that they will cannibalize each other too much. The Avengers: Age of Ultron will also still do well this weekend and help the overall box office do well. This weekend last year, Godzilla led the way with $93 million during its opening weekend. Neither Mad Max: Fury Road nor Pitch Perfect 2 will earn that much this weekend; however, they should earn more than that combined. Additionally, Age of Ultron should earn more than last year's second place film, Neighbors, and this depth could give 2015 the win in the year-over-year comparison.
May 1st, 2015
April is over and there was good news and bad news. Good news: Furious 7 crushed the competition, and broke records along the way. Bad news: Furious 7 crushed the competition and no other April release will earn as much in total as Furious 7 earned during its opening day. Fortunately, Furious 7 was so strong that it carried April of 2015 to a draw when compared to April of 2014. May has a lot of similarities to April. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to break records during its opening weekend and even the low end has it earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, no other film is going to come close to that figure. There are five other films with a potential to reach $100 million at the box office. The keyword there is "potential". There's a chance less than half of those five films will get to that milestone. And like last April, last May had much better depth with five films that reached $100 million, including four that surpassed $200 million. Age of Ultron will earn more than the combined totals of Maleficent, last month's winner, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which placed second for the month. I am a little concerned about the lack of depth this month and this could cause May to lose in the month-over-month comparison in the end.
February 24th, 2015
October 4th, 2014
Seth MacFarlane wrote and directed Ted, a movie about a talking Teddy bear that earned more than half a billion dollars worldwide. For his next film, he was given free rein. He decided to make A Million Ways to Die in The West, which made less than $100 million worldwide. Did this film struggle at the box office because it is a bad movie? Or is it just too much of a Seth MacFarlane movie? Is it only for his hardcore fans?
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.
|7/28/2017||The Last Face||$0||$310,496||$310,496|
|7/28/2017||Atomic Blonde||Lorraine Wallace||$51,573,925||$45,100,000||$96,673,925|
|4/14/2017||The Fate of the Furious||Cipher||$225,764,765||$1,011,679,697||$1,237,444,462|
|8/19/2016||Kubo and the Two Strings||Monkey||$48,023,088||$29,525,476||$77,548,564|
|4/22/2016||The Huntsman: Winter’s War||Ravenna||$48,003,015||$117,146,287||$165,149,302|
|8/7/2015||Dark Places||Libby Day||$208,588||$3,753,835||$3,962,423|
|5/15/2015||Mad Max: Fury Road||Imperator Furiosa||$153,636,354||$217,105,812||$370,742,166|
|5/30/2014||A Million Ways to Die in The West||Anna||$42,720,965||$44,057,592||$86,778,557|
|6/1/2012||Snow White and the Huntsman||Evil Queen||$155,136,755||$245,884,991||$401,021,746|
|12/31/2011||The Brazilian Job||Stella||$0||$0||$0|
|12/9/2011||Young Adult||Mavis Gary||$16,311,571||$6,438,785||$22,750,356|
|10/23/2009||Astro Boy||"Our Friends" Narrator||$19,551,067||$22,085,176||$41,636,243|
|9/18/2009||The Burning Plain||Sylvia||$200,730||$966,362||$1,167,092|
|9/19/2008||Battle in Seattle||Ella||$223,537||$650,000||$873,537|
|12/31/2007||Ice at the Bottom of the World, The||$0||$0||$0|
|9/14/2007||In the Valley of Elah||Detective Emily Sanders||$6,777,741||$17,711,409||$24,489,150|
|12/2/2005||Aeon Flux||Aeon Flux||$25,857,987||$28,055,586||$53,913,573|
|10/21/2005||North Country||Josie Aimes||$18,324,242||$5,352,529||$23,676,771|
|12/31/2004||The Life and Death of Peter Sellers||$0||$0||$0|
|9/17/2004||Head in the Clouds||Gilda Bessé||$398,179||$2,958,074||$3,356,253|
|5/30/2003||The Italian Job||Stella Bridger||$106,126,012||$70,136,827||$176,262,839|
|10/25/2002||Waking Up in Reno||Candy||$261,603||$0||$261,603|
|8/24/2001||The Curse of the Jade Scorpion||Laura Kensington||$7,496,522||$11,000,000||$18,496,522|
|3/9/2001||15 Minutes||Rose Hearn||$24,375,436||$31,956,428||$56,331,864|
|2/16/2001||Sweet November||Sara Deever||$25,288,103||$40,466,125||$65,754,228|
|11/10/2000||Men of Honor||Gwen||$48,814,909||$33,524,574||$82,339,483|
|11/3/2000||The Legend of Bagger Vance||Adele Invergordon||$30,695,227||$8,540,259||$39,235,486|
|10/20/2000||The Yards||Erica Stoltz||$882,710||$1,400,000||$2,282,710|
|12/10/1999||The Cider House Rules||Candy Kendall||$57,547,209||$31,000,000||$88,547,209|
|8/27/1999||The Astronaut's Wife||Jillian Armacost||$10,672,566||$0||$10,672,566|
|12/25/1998||Mighty Joe Young||Jill Young||$50,632,037||$0||$50,632,037|
|10/17/1997||Devil's Advocate||Mary Ann Lomax||$61,007,424||$92,000,000||$153,007,424|
|5/30/1997||Trial And Error||Billie Tyler||$13,602,831||$0||$13,602,831|
|10/4/1996||That Thing You Do!||Tina||$25,857,416||$8,700,000||$34,557,416|
|9/27/1996||2 Days In The Valley||Helga||$11,101,856||$0||$11,101,856|
|12/31/2016||Brain on Fire||Producer||$0||$10,482||$10,482|