|As an Actor||Lead Ensemble Member||3||$479,753,343||$1,234,335,683||$1,714,089,026|
|In Technical Roles||Director||5||$911,542,919||$1,805,105,955||$2,716,648,874|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 5 films, with $2,716,648,874 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #26)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Boss Baby (Director), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Director), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Director), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Screenwriter), Madagascar (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Skipper (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted), TV Chef (The Boss Baby), Skipper, Lemur (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), Odysseus (Mr. Peabody & Sherman), Skipper (Penguins of Madagascar)|
|Most productive collaborators: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith, Chris Miller, Ben Stiller, Conrad Vernon|
March 1st, 2017
February was an okay month. The films that missed expectations were mostly balanced by the films that were pleasant surprises. Unfortunately, last February was amazing as Deadpool dominated the chart, so 2017 has fallen further behind 2016 and 2016’s lead is now about $100 million. It is not so bad that a good March won’t help 2017 back into the lead. Will that happen? We have some good news and some bad news. Good news: Every week there is one movie that has at least a shot at $100 million. Two of them, Logan and Beauty and the Beast, could reach $200 million or a lot more. Bad News: last March, both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned more than $300 million. That’s a really powerful one-two punch and I don’t think we can replicate that this time around. On the other hand, last March, the third best film of the month was 10 Cloverfield Lane, while there were four films that were expected to open wide that earned less than $10 million at the box office. 2017 likely won’t be as good at the top, but I also don’t think it will have as many bombs either. If Beauty and the Beast reaches the very high end of expectations, then 2017 could even close the gap with 2016 entirely. I’ll be happy getting halfway there.
October 31st, 2014
October was a better than expected month with the overall box office keeping pace with October of 2013, for the most part. (The last weekend will be terrible, but that's because of Halloween.) We were able to close the gap somewhat in the year-over-year comparison, at least by a little bit. So how will November do compared to October. Let's put it this way. There are only seven films opening wide this month. Of those, Beyond the Lights will likely not make an impact at the box office. Every other film has at least a reasonable shot at $100 million. More than half the of the films opening this month could hit $200 million. Leading the way will be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which could hit $400 million. The only problem is when book franchises split the final installment into two parts, the first part tends to be weaker at the box office. Interstellar is a big question mark. On the low end, it could make just over $100 million, while on the high end, just over $300 million is within reach. That's a wide range of expectations. On the downside, last November, there were two movies to reach $400 million: Catching Fire and Frozen. On the other hand, there was only one other movie to make more than $100 million, Thor: The Dark World, so perhaps the depth this year will help 2014 come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
January 27th, 2013
October 18th, 2012
The movie business deals with such huge numbers that it is no surprise executives are rather conservative when it comes to making movies. When $100 million is low-budget for a tentpole release, you can't afford to experiment. This is why there are so many franchises out there. Madagascar was extended to a trilogy this summer. But has the original idea been stretched too far? Or is there a lot of life left in these characters?
|3/31/2017||The Boss Baby||TV Chef||$173,129,113||$318,634,872||$491,763,985|
|11/26/2014||Penguins of Madagascar||Skipper||$83,350,911||$284,300,000||$367,650,911|
|3/7/2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Odysseus||$111,506,430||$158,300,000||$269,806,430|
|6/8/2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Skipper||$216,391,482||$530,529,789||$746,921,271|
|11/7/2008||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Skipper, Lemur||$180,010,950||$419,505,894||$599,516,844|
|11/3/2006||Flushed Away||Action Figure, Artist||$64,665,672||$114,691,454||$179,357,126|
|3/31/2017||The Boss Baby||Director||$173,129,113||$318,634,872||$491,763,985|
|11/26/2014||Penguins of Madagascar||Executive Producer||$83,350,911||$284,300,000||$367,650,911|
|6/8/2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Director||$216,391,482||$530,529,789||$746,921,271|
|11/7/2008||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Director,|