|In Technical Roles||Producer||10||$2,114,933,971||$4,426,689,533||$6,541,623,504|
|Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 10 films, with $6,541,623,504 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #11)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Screenwriter), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Screenwriter), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Producer), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Screenwriter), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, Philippa Boyens, Martin Freeman, Carolynne Cunningham|
December 1st, 2014
November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential.
December 1st, 2013
We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012.
|12/17/2014||The Hobbit: The Battle of the F…||Producer,|
|12/13/2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of S…||Screenwriter,|
|12/25/2012||West of Memphis||Producer||$309,864||$97,653||$407,517|
|12/14/2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Screenwriter,|
|12/11/2009||The Lovely Bones||Screenwriter,|
|12/17/2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Retu…||Producer,|
|12/18/2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two …||Producer,|
|12/19/2001||The Lord of the Rings: The Fell…||Producer,|