|As an Actor||Supporting||5||$1,469,628,650||$1,826,452,729||$3,296,081,379|
|In Technical Roles||Director||4||$1,201,994,200||$1,543,652,729||$2,745,646,929|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 5 films, with $3,296,081,379 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #211)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Norman (The Secret Life of Pets), Additonal Minions, Evil Minions, Italian Waiter (Despicable Me 2), Dave the Minion (Despicable Me), Additional Voice (Sing), Forest Animals (Doctor Seuss' The Lorax)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Secret Life of Pets (Director), Despicable Me 2 (Director), Minions (Executive Producer), Despicable Me (Director), Doctor Seuss' The Lorax (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Louis C.K., Cinco Paul, Christopher Meledandri, Yarrow Cheney, Janet Healy|
December 4th, 2016
The Secret Life of Pets is one of the biggest hits of the year and one of the biggest original animated films of all time. That said, strong box office numbers doesn’t mean high quality. Minions earned nearly $300 million more at the box office, but it is strictly for kids. Will The Secret Life of Pets have what it takes to entertain adults as well? Or is it another movie that only kids will enjoy?
July 1st, 2016
It's July 1st, which is Canada Day. To celebrate, I wanted to give a gift to my American readers down south, so here's a bunch of "u"s. U, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u. Now you can spell words like "colour" and "neighbour" correctly. As for the July preview... June wasn't a good month, despite Finding Dory being on pace to become the biggest hit of the year so far. Most other films failed to match expectations and as a result, 2016's lead over 2015 has nearly evaporated. In fact, ticket sales are below last year's pace. So how does July look in comparison? Well, last July, there were five films that earned more than $100 million, led by Minions, which earned more than $300 million. This July, there are five films that should earn more than $100 million, led by The Secret Life of Pets, which should earned around $250 million. I don't think July 2016 will live up to July 2015, but it should be close. Maybe if one of the expected midlevel hits is a surprise $100 million hit, or if two more of the $100 million hits crack $200 million, then the month will look great. Or one of the expected $100 million hits could flop and 2016 will actually fall behind 2015, even without taking into account ticket price inflation.
December 9th, 2013
Despicable Me came out in 2010 and it was the first digitally animated film released by Universal. There was a lot of pressure to do well, because its level of success would not only determine if more Despicable Me movies would be made, but if the studio would continue to release digitally animated films in general. It beat expectations. Not only was it a great movie, but it earned more than $500 million worldwide on a $69 million budget. Needless to say, Despicable Me 2 was given the greenlight right away. However, can it live up to its predecessor? If not, is it still worth checking out?
July 1st, 2013
For the most part, June was a really strong month at the box office with nearly every film either matching expectations, or at least coming close enough to call it a victory. Looking forward, there are a dozen films opening wide in July, more or less. One of them, The Smurfs 2, is opening on a Wednesday, so I'm going to hold off talking about that movie till the August preview. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is opening in less than 1000 theaters, but it has a shot at reaching the top ten during its opening weekend. If we include both of them, there are twelve films, but I think it is better to stick with the ten truly wide, truly July openings. Of these, Despicable Me 2 is clearly going to be the biggest hit at the box office. It could become the second biggest hit of the year so far. It is not the only film that could be a $100 million hit. In fact, there are six films opening in July that I think have a better than 50% chance of reaching that level. There is currently only one film that I think won't at least become a midlevel hit. By comparison in 2012, there were three $100 million movies, led by The Dark Knight Rises, but the rest of the new releases struggled. There's no chance any movie opening this month will top $400 million, in fact, it is quite possible no film will get to $300 million. That said, 2013 has a lot better depth, so it might come out on top in the end.
|7/8/2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Norman||$368,384,330||$507,573,978||$875,958,308|
|7/3/2013||Despicable Me 2||Additonal Minions, Evil Minions, Italian Waiter||$368,065,385||$607,151,450||$975,216,835|
|3/2/2012||Doctor Seuss' The Lorax||Forest Animals||$214,030,500||$136,946,253||$350,976,753|
|7/9/2010||Despicable Me||Dave the Minion||$251,513,985||$291,981,048||$543,495,033|
|7/8/2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Director||$368,384,330||$507,573,978||$875,958,308|
|7/3/2013||Despicable Me 2||Director||$368,065,385||$607,151,450||$975,216,835|
|3/2/2012||Doctor Seuss' The Lorax||Director||$214,030,500||$136,946,253||$350,976,753|
|7/1/2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Story Artist||$196,573,705||$663,128,152||$859,701,857|