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Mark Bomback

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $1,995,861,045 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #49)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Screenwriter), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Executive Producer), The Wolverine (Screenwriter), Live Free or Die Hard (Screenwriter), Live Free or Die Hard (Story Creator)
Most productive collaborators: Len Wiseman, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Matt Reeves, Kate Beckinsale

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In Technical RolesScreenwriter7$683,245,349$1,312,615,696$1,995,861,045
Executive Producer1$208,545,589$502,098,977$710,644,566
Story Creator1$134,529,403$247,758,744$382,288,147

2014 Preview: July

July 1st, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes poster

Overall, June was not good. Most films matched expectations, or came close enough that there weren't major disappointments. However, it looks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 will miss expectations by more than $100 million. This was such a massive amount that 2014 lost its lead over 2013 and not even Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million opening was able to turn things around. Looking forward to July, there's not a lot of good news. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be the only film coming out during July that will reach the $100 million milestone, but on the high end, it might reach the $200 million mark. There are a few others that have a shot, but are not favored to reach the century mark. On the other hand, there are more films that may or may not open / expand wide and even if they do, they will likely have no real impact at the box office. By comparison, last July, Despicable Me 2 was the top draw and finished with more than $350 million. There were also four other films that surpassed $100 million at the box office. It seems practically impossible for 2014 to match those numbers and will likely finish the month behind last year's pace. Overall, 2014 isn't doing poorly, but the summer has been much weaker than the spring was, so we've gone from potential record breaking year to merely average.


2013 Preview: July

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. More...

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7/14/2017 War for the Planet of the Apes Producer,
$0 $0 $0
7/11/2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Screenwriter,
Executive Producer 
$208,545,589 $502,098,977 $710,644,566
7/26/2013 The Wolverine Screenwriter $132,556,852 $283,900,000 $416,456,852
8/3/2012 Total Recall Screenwriter $58,877,969 $152,978,119 $211,856,088
11/12/2010 Unstoppable Screenwriter $81,562,942 $87,948,667 $169,511,609
3/13/2009 Race to Witch Mountain Screenwriter $67,172,594 $37,931,189 $105,103,783
6/27/2007 Live Free or Die Hard Screenwriter,
Story Creator 
$134,529,403 $247,758,744 $382,288,147
Movies: 7Totals:$683,245,349$1,312,615,696$1,995,861,045