|As an Actor||Leading||20||$1,465,221,954||$1,182,360,878||$2,647,582,832|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$147,473,904||$104,131,505||$251,605,409|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||11||$399,549,349||$148,785,466||$548,334,815|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 20 films, with $2,647,582,832 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #72)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Cade Yeager (Transformers: Age of Extinction), John Bennett (Ted), Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor), Terry Hoitz (The Other Guys), Leo Davidson (Planet of the Apes)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Lone Survivor (Producer), The Fighter (Producer), Contraband (Producer), Prisoners (Executive Producer), Entourage (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Michael Bay, Alec Sulkin, Baltasar Kormakur|
June 1st, 2015
May turned out to be softer than anticipated with The Avengers: Age of Ultron missing expectations by about $100 million. Additionally, only Pitch Perfect 2 really topped expectations. May 2015 kept pace with May of 2014, more or less. June doesn't have any films as strong as Age of Ultron, but there are two films that should have no trouble getting to $200 million. Those two films are Jurassic World and Inside Out and I'm not sure which one will turn out to be the biggest hit of the month. Last June, the biggest hit was Transformers: Age of Extinction, but both Jurassic World and Inside Out should top that film, albeit by small margins. On the other hand, last June had four other films that reached $100 million, while this time around only Spy! and Ted 2 have a real shot at that milestone. 2015 is stronger at the top, but has weaker depth. It will be interesting to see if 2015 will keep pace with 2014 over the course of the full month.
September 29th, 2014
If you look at our list of franchises, none have made more money in as few installments as Transformers has earned. On the other hand, if you look at the top ten franchises, none of them have earned as much critical scorn as the Transformers films have earned. Only the first one managed to come close to overall positive reviews. Depending on who you talk to, the most recent installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has been called the best of the sequels or the worst of the sequels. Which camp do I fall under?
June 1st, 2014
Lone Survivor came out for an Oscar-qualifying run late in December of 2013, which seemed odd, because it didn't look like the typical Oscar-bait movie. However, it actually picked up a couple of Oscar nominations (for technical categories) and more impressively earned a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as SAG Award for Best Stunts. This lifts the expectations, but is this for the best? Does the film truly rise above the action genre?
January 1st, 2014
It's the first month of the new year, but the biggest hit might be a film released in December. Last month ended on a slow note with all five Christmas day releases failing to become hits, some more than others. (It's a little too soon to tell if The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will do well enough to break even any time soon, but neither is a serious hit.) There are still some December releases that will likely remain on the charts through the opening weekends of January, while there are some films that opened in limited release last month with a scheduled wide release this month. Of the purely January releases, I would guess Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the biggest hit. Even then, it won't live up to the previous films in the franchise, even if you don't take inflation into account. Most of the rest of the new releases will be happy if they can become midlevel hits. Last January was led by Mama, which earned more than $70 million. I think Shadow Recruit will top that figure at the box office, while there are a similar number of likely box office bombs opening this year as there were last year. 2014 could start out ahead of 2013's pace, but it likely won't be a huge difference either way.
December 21st, 2013
PANIC! If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, it is officially time to panic. Personally, I got the last of my shopping done on Wednesday, although I don't think the gift will arrive in time for Christmas. For those still looking for a last minute gift, Part IV of our Holiday Gift Guide focuses on books, CDs, and of course anything else I missed the first time around, beginning with...
August 2nd, 2013
August begins with two films, 2 Guns and The Smurfs 2, one action film and one kids movie. Neither film is likely going to break records, but I think 2 Guns should at least do well enough to be a financial success, eventually. The Smurfs 2 probably won't be a hit here, but its international numbers are looking a lot better. Like this year, this weekend last year there were two wide releases, Total Recall and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, one action film and one kids movie. This year's new releases should easily trump last year's new releases; however, last year the box office was led by The Dark Knight Rises, which will keep the year-over-year comparison a little closer.
August 1st, 2013
July was hit and miss at the box office, mostly miss. In fact, only two films really topped expectations, Despicable Me 2 and The Conjuring. That said, 2013 has nearly closed the gap with 2012 and it won't take much to pull ahead. Looking forward to August, we find that it is a very busy month with 16 or so films opening wide over five weeks. Of course, the closer you get to September, the more likely these films will struggle to find an audience, and more often than not, there are simply too many films opening wide to suspect they will all find an audience. On the high end, 2 Guns could be the biggest hit of the month with just over $100 million. The Smurfs 2 and Elysium could pull in $100 million. All three of those films are opening in the first two weeks of the month. After that, most of the new releases will be lucky if they reach $50 million during their theatrical runs. By comparison, last August was not as busy with 14 wide releases. Of those, only one film, The Bourne Legacy, topped $100 million, although a couple came reasonably close. Hopefully we will have more $100 million hits this time around and 2013 will be able to complete the comeback.
April 25th, 2013
It is the final weekend before the Summer blockbuster season, which means the new releases this weekend are not prime releases. Pain and Gain at least has a shot at first place. Most think The Big Wedding won't crack $10 million during the weekend. The only good news is that last year was also a bad week at the box office. The biggest new release was The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which had to settle for second place with just $11.14 million, while Think Like a Man remained in first place with $17.60 million. I think 2013's one-two-punch will top 2012's one-two punch. However, last year had better depth and 2013 will again lose in the year-over-year comparison.
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.
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.
|12/22/2017||The Six Billion Dollar Man||Steve Austin||$0||$0||$0|
|9/30/2016||Deepwater Horizon||Mike Williams||$0||$0||$0|
|6/26/2015||Ted 2||John Bennett||$81,284,830||$134,387,223||$215,672,053|
|12/10/2014||The Gambler||Jim Bennett||$33,680,992||$4,900,000||$38,580,992|
|6/27/2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Cade Yeager||$245,439,076||$858,600,000||$1,104,039,076|
|12/25/2013||Lone Survivor||Marcus Luttrell||$125,095,601||$24,709,031||$149,804,632|
|8/2/2013||2 Guns||Marcus "Stig" Stigman||$75,612,460||$56,880,555||$132,493,015|
|4/26/2013||Pain & Gain||Danny Lugo||$49,875,291||$31,400,000||$81,275,291|
|1/18/2013||Broken City||Billy Taggart||$19,701,164||$11,045,601||$30,746,765|
|12/31/2011||The Brazilian Job||Charlie Croker||$0||$0||$0|
|12/10/2010||The Fighter||Mickey Ward||$93,617,009||$35,645,379||$129,262,388|
|8/6/2010||The Other Guys||Terry Hoitz||$119,219,978||$51,716,492||$170,936,470|
|4/9/2010||Date Night||Fichtner Holbrooke||$98,711,404||$53,557,629||$152,269,033|
|12/11/2009||The Lovely Bones||Jack Salmon||$44,028,238||$50,780,216||$94,808,454|
|10/17/2008||Max Payne||Max Payne||$40,687,294||$45,074,495||$85,761,789|
|6/13/2008||The Happening||Elliot Moore||$64,506,874||$98,271,510||$162,778,384|
|10/12/2007||We Own the Night||Joseph Grusinsky||$28,563,179||$26,744,678||$55,307,857|
|3/23/2007||Shooter||Bob Lee Swagger||$47,003,582||$48,700,000||$95,703,582|
|8/12/2005||Four Brothers||Bobby Mercer||$74,494,381||$18,000,000||$92,494,381|
|10/1/2004||I Heart Huckabees||Tommy Corn||$12,784,713||$7,250,000||$20,034,713|
|5/30/2003||The Italian Job||Charlie Croker||$106,126,012||$70,136,827||$176,262,839|
|10/25/2002||The Truth About Charlie||Joshua Peters||$5,303,000||$700,000||$6,003,000|
|9/7/2001||Rock Star||Chris Cole||$16,991,902||$2,325,863||$19,317,765|
|7/27/2001||Planet of the Apes||Leo Davidson||$180,011,740||$182,200,000||$362,211,740|
|10/20/2000||The Yards||Leo Handler||$882,710||$1,400,000||$2,282,710|
|6/30/2000||The Perfect Storm||Bobby Shatford||$182,618,434||$146,093,000||$328,711,434|
|10/1/1999||Three Kings||Troy Barlow||$60,652,036||$47,100,000||$107,752,036|
|3/12/1999||The Corruptor||Danny Wallace||$15,164,492||$0||$15,164,492|
|4/24/1998||The Big Hit||Melvin Surley||$27,052,167||$0||$27,052,167|
|10/10/1997||Boogie Nights||Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler||$26,384,919||$16,700,954||$43,085,873|
|4/21/1995||The Basketball Diaries||Mickey||$2,381,087||$0||$2,381,087|
|6/3/1994||Renaissance Man||Private Tommy Lee Haywood||$23,822,558||$0||$23,822,558|
|12/22/2017||The Six Billion Dollar Man||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2015||Stealing Cars||Executive Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|10/12/2007||We Own the Night||Producer||$28,563,179||$26,744,678||$55,307,857|
|4/24/1998||The Big Hit||Song Writer||$27,052,167||$0||$27,052,167|