|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||9||$1,376,046,277||$2,218,324,810||$3,594,371,087|
|Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 9 films, with $3,594,371,087 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #21)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Screenwriter), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Screenwriter), Kung Fu Panda 3 (Screenwriter), Kung Fu Panda (Co-Producer), Kung Fu Panda (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Glenn Berger, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Mitchell, Antonio Banderas, Jack Black|
November 1st, 2016
October turned out to be a mixed month. On the one hand, not one movie earned $100 million, or even came close. However, it was also a more steady month than last October and the last two weeks really helped 2016 in the year-over-year comparisons. In November, we have five films with at least a shot at $100 million, three of which should have no trouble getting to at least $200 million. A little while ago, I thought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be the biggest hit of the month, but the buzz took a hit recently. More on that below. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange’s reviews are currently 90% positive and that should help it out at the box office. The third very likely $200 million hit is Moana. There is certainly precedent for an animated movie to be a monster hit at this time of year, but there is also a lot of competition. Last November was similar in strength, with five films that earned more than $100 million and two films that earned more than $200 million. None earned more than $300 million, so that’s the goal for this November. If we can get one $300 million and / or three $200 million movies over the month, then it will be seen as a victory.
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.
February 1st, 2015
It was a record-breaking January thanks entirely to American Sniper, which set records, both during its limited release run and especially when it expanded wide. There were a couple of other films that did well, but for the most part, it was a typical January. The question is, will American Sniper boost the overall box office, which would help February, or will its effects fade as it does? There are ten wide releases in February; there are a few films that may or may not open in the top ten. Of these, there are only two that have a real shot at true box office success. The biggest film in terms of buzz is Fifty Shades of Grey, which looks so, so bad. Personally, I would rather watch The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water a hundred times than sit through just the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. If Fifty Shades of Grey becomes the biggest hit of the month, it will mrean the end of civilization. Because. I. Will. End. Civilization. Last February was mostly mediocre, except for The LEGO Movie which was a huge early year hit. There's no chance any film opening this month will match The LEGO Movie; the top two films likely won't match The LEGO Movie. Because of this, 2015 will need to rely on depth to come out ahead. I'm not sure how likely that will be.
|1/29/2016||Kung Fu Panda 3||Co-Producer,|
|2/6/2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out…||Screenwriter||$162,994,032||$148,600,000||$311,594,032|
|12/16/2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwr…||Screenwriter||$133,107,389||$215,981,134||$349,088,523|
|5/26/2011||Kung Fu Panda 2||Screenwriter,|
|12/23/2009||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Sq…||Screenwriter||$219,614,612||$223,868,601||$443,483,213|
|3/27/2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||Screenwriter||$198,351,526||$183,335,854||$381,687,380|
|6/6/2008||Kung Fu Panda||Screenwriter,|