|As an Actor||Inverviewee||1||$55,518||$0||$55,518|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||16||$1,756,196,203||$2,413,329,093||$4,169,525,296|
|Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 16 films, with $4,169,525,296 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #16)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: I am Legend (Screenwriter), I am Legend (Producer), Hancock (Producer), Transformers: The Last Knight (Story Creator), The Da Vinci Code (Screenwriter)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Herself (Finding Joe)|
|Most productive collaborators: Will Smith, Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, Peter Berg, James Lassiter|
August 1st, 2017
July is over and we should all be happy about that. Granted, there were some positive results we can talk about. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a huge hit and Despicable Me 3 will pull in a sizable profit before it reaches the home market. There were also a couple of other $100 million hits and a midlevel hit or two; however, overall, 2017 wasn’t able to compete with 2016 and the box office finally lost its lead over last year. 2017 started the summer about $200 million ahead of 2016, but will finish July about $100 million behind last year’s pace. August doesn’t look any better. There are a couple of films that have a reasonable shot at $100 million, The Dark Tower and Annabelle: Creation, as well as a few that should be solid midlevel hits. However, last year we had Sausage Party and Don’t Breathe, both of which nearly hit $100 million, then we had midlevel hits like Pete’s Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings, and War Dogs. I don’t know if 2017 will be able to compete with that. ... Now some of you are thinking I forgot about Suicide Squad. Trust me, I will never forget that movie. I ignored it to make a point. Even without Suicide Squad, I don’t think 2017 will make up the deficit it has with 2016. With Suicide Squad, it is going to be a disaster. I want to be optimistic, but there’s no evidence to suggest I should be.
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.
February 1st, 2017
January turned out to be a good month. Granted, it didn’t live up to last January, but its box office was one of the top five Januarys of all time, so that’s still a good start to the year. Also, we will have our first $100 million movie released in 2017 and that doesn’t happen this early very often. As for February, there’s potentially the first $200 million hit of the year, The Lego Batman Movie. Fifty Shades Darker and The Great Wall both have a shot at $100 million. That said, it is more likely that both will miss that milestone than both will get there. As for the rest of the films, there are a few that are aiming for solid midlevel hits, like John Wick: Chapter Two and Get Out, while there are very few potential bombs. By comparison, last February there was one monster hit, Deadpool, and a lot of bombs. No other movie besides Deadpool made $50 million. No movie opening this month will match Deadpool, but we won’t have as many bombs either, so hopefully that will balance out and 2017 won’t fall further behind 2016.
January 1st, 2016
2016 will begin the same way 2015 ended, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on top. In fact, three of the five films that have the best shot at box office success in January are The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant, all of which opened in December. There are two true January releases that could also do really well, for this time of year: Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. The rest of the releases are just hoping to become midlevel hits. Last January, American Sniper dominated earning more than $300 million. Its success could prevent 2016 from being ahead in the year-over-year comparison by the end of the month, but this year does have better depth.
January 31st, 2014
After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace.
|8/4/2017||The Dark Tower||Screenwriter,|
|6/21/2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Story Creator||$130,168,683||$473,800,000||$603,968,683|
|5/12/2017||King Arthur: Legend of the Sword||Producer||$39,175,066||$100,837,542||$140,012,608|
|1/22/2016||The 5th Wave||Screenwriter||$34,912,982||$76,423,416||$111,336,398|
|3/20/2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Screenwriter||$130,179,072||$165,100,000||$295,279,072|
|10/19/2012||Paranormal Activity 4||Executive Producer||$53,900,335||$86,719,185||$140,619,520|
|10/21/2011||Paranormal Activity 3||Executive Producer||$104,028,807||$98,024,579||$202,053,386|
|10/20/2010||Paranormal Activity 2||Executive Producer||$84,752,907||$92,759,125||$177,512,032|
|5/15/2009||Angels & Demons||Screenwriter||$133,375,846||$357,500,000||$490,875,846|
|12/14/2007||I am Legend||Producer,|
|5/19/2006||The Da Vinci Code||Screenwriter||$217,536,138||$550,284,321||$767,820,459|
|6/10/2005||Mr. and Mrs. Smith||Producer||$186,336,279||$299,787,811||$486,124,090|
|3/5/2004||Starsky & Hutch||Producer||$88,200,225||$82,000,000||$170,200,225|
|12/21/2001||A Beautiful Mind||Screenwriter||$170,708,996||$146,959,062||$317,668,058|
|7/28/1999||Deep Blue Sea||Producer||$73,648,228||$91,400,000||$165,048,228|
|4/3/1998||Lost In Space||Screenwriter,|
|6/20/1997||Batman & Robin||Screenwriter||$107,325,195||$130,992,619||$238,317,814|
|7/24/1996||A Time to Kill||Screenwriter||$108,766,007||$43,500,000||$152,266,007|