|As an Actor||Leading||16||$706,331,626||$952,127,173||$1,658,458,799|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$340,084,357||$591,617,918||$931,702,275|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||6||$247,912,851||$257,732,533||$505,645,384|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 16 films, with $1,658,458,799 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #128)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Stoick (How to Train Your Dragon), Stoick The Vast (How to Train Your Dragon 2), King Leonidas (300), Mike Banning (Olympus Has Fallen), Mike Banning (London Has Fallen)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Olympus Has Fallen (Producer), London Has Fallen (Producer), Law Abiding Citizen (Producer), Playing for Keeps (Producer), Machine Gun Preacher (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jay Baruchel, Chris Sanders, Zack Snyder, Dean DeBlois, Antoine Fuqua|
October 1st, 2017
September destroyed the previous September monthly record for total box office take, with $800 million or so (we won’t know the exact figure until after the weekend), which tops 2016’s record of $616 million. Granted, this is almost entirely due to It’s record breaking run, and the rest of the month was merely average. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the only other film to come close to $100 million. October doesn’t look any better, as far as depth is concerned. Blade Runner 2049 is widely expected to be the biggest hit of the month, but it is the only film expected to reach $100 million domestically. Boo 2 should be the second biggest hit of the month, while there are only a couple of other films that have a shot at $50 million. Part of the problem is the level of competition, as there are 16 films opening during the four October weekends. (Needless to say, some of the predictions below will be a little short, as there’s not much to say about a film that will barely open in the top ten and disappear two weeks later.) That’s way too many and most will be buried by the competition. Last October was a flop, as no film earned more than $100 million at the box office. There were a few films that came close, including the original Boo! movie. As long as Blade Runner 2049 matches expectations, 2017 should win the year-over-year comparison by a small margin. If we get one surprise hit, then 2017 has a real shot at closing the gap with 2016 by a significant margin. I choose to be cautiously optimistic.
August 29th, 2017
July 28th, 2017
There are a lot of great movies on this week’s list, including Women Who Kill, Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World, Menashe, Brigsby Bear, and Detroit. That last film is opening in limited release, but it deserves box office success, so hopefully this won’t hurt. An Inconvenient Sequel isn’t quite great, but it is good enough to be worth seeing.
March 1st, 2016
It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.
As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015.
June 1st, 2014
It is too soon to tell how May will end, as this story will be published before the weekend estimates came out. (Maleficent had an excellent start on Friday, unlike A Million Ways to Die in the West.) Overall, it was a good month with at least three movies that are on track to hit $200 million, but there was no really big winner for the month. It was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, last May there was a monster hit, Iron Man 3, and 2014 could not compete with that, so it lost ground to 2013. June hopes to turn things around and there are some reasons to be optimistic. All four weeks there is at least one film opening that at least has a shot at $100 million. There are even two films that at least have a shot at $300 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should win the monthly box office race while How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a long shot to win, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if it did. Additionally, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, and Think Like a Man 2 are all contenders for the century club. Not all of them will get to that milestone, but all of them at least have a short. Last June, there were three films that reached $200 million, including Man of Steel, which nearly reached $300 million. It looks like June of 2014 will be about as strong as June of 2013, more or less. If all films reach their potential, it could win the year-over-year comparison. Unless there are some shocking bombs, it shouldn't struggle so much that 2014 loses its lead over 2013 entirely.
June 17th, 2013
Movie 43 earned some of the worst reviews of the year so far, with many critics calling it the worst movie they've ever seen. When I got the chance to review the movie, I jumped at it. I had to know if it was really as bad as its reviews. It couldn't possible be, right?
March 22nd, 2013
This is one of those weekends where it is really hard to get excited about the box office. That's not to say there's nothing opening that isn't either earning good reviews or has a solid shot at the box office, there are. However, this weekend last year is the weekend The Hunger Games debuted. No film opening this weekend will compete with that. The entire box office this year won't make as much as that one film made last year. 2013 is going to be crushed in the year-over-year comparison and it could be more than a little depressing. As for this year, The Croods should walk away with the number one ranking and might even make more than twice as much as the number two film, which will probably be Olympus Has Fallen. The last new release of the week is Admission, but it might not make the top five. In fact, Spring Breakers is expanding to a little more than 1,000 theaters, but still has a better shot at the top five than Admission has.
March 1st, 2013
February is over, and for the most part, we should be very happy it is done and buried. The biggest hit of the month turned out to be Identity Thief, which will cross $100 million shortly. There were also a couple of impressive midlevel hits, like Warm Bodies and Escape from Planet Earth, but for the most part, it was miss after miss. This is bad news for March, which is not only dealing with a slumping 2013 box office, but will be compared with a strong March of 2012. Last March started with The Lorax, which earned more than $200 million. There's a good chance no March release this year will reach this milestone. Last March was also the month The Hunger Games opened, which earned more than $400 million. There's a chance the top three films opening this month won't earn that much combined. 2013 is going to take a beating in the year-over-year comparison and it is already $100 million behind last year's pace.
December 1st, 2012
November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month.
October 1st, 2012
2012 continues its downward path. After a record-breaking spring, thanks to The Hunger Games, and a record-breaking start to the summer, thanks to The Avengers, the box office hasn't been able to maintain any real momentum. For most of the month, September was no better than August and now the year-over-year gains are just a little more than inflation. October will need to improve or 2012 will be in real trouble. Unfortunately, that might be tough. There's not a single film coming out in October that looks like it will be a guaranteed $100 million hit and there are only two films with a realistic chance, Taken 2 and Paranormal Activity 4. (There's also Cloud Atlas, which is a wild card. That movie could bomb or be the biggest hit of the month and I wouldn't be surprised either way.) There is a chance all three will get to the century mark, but there's a better chance none of them will. Last October, two films cracked $100 million: Paranormal Activity 3 and Puss in Boots, with the latter nearly reaching $150 million. I don't see any film coming close to matching that figure. On the other hand, last year there were six films that one could accurately describe as bombs. So while 2012 is weaker at the top, it could have better depth than 2011 did. Let's hope so, because we can't afford more bad news.
|3/1/2019||How to Train Your Dragon 3||$0||$0||$0|
|1/19/2018||Den of Thieves||$0||$0||$0|
|7/28/2017||The Headhunter’s Calling||Dane Jensen||$0||$2,259,845||$2,259,845|
|3/4/2016||London Has Fallen||Mike Banning||$62,524,260||$131,333,702||$193,857,962|
|2/26/2016||Gods of Egypt||Set||$31,153,464||$102,400,000||$133,553,464|
|6/13/2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Stoick The Vast||$177,002,924||$437,583,346||$614,586,270|
|3/22/2013||Olympus Has Fallen||Mike Banning||$98,927,592||$51,634,572||$150,562,164|
|12/7/2012||Playing for Keeps||George||$13,103,272||$14,702,360||$27,805,632|
|10/26/2012||Chasing Mavericks||Frosty Hesson||$6,002,756||$2,298,065||$8,300,821|
|9/23/2011||Machine Gun Preacher||Sam Childers||$538,690||$3,183,298||$3,721,988|
|12/31/2010||The Untouchables: Capone Rising||Jimmy Malone||$0||$0||$0|
|3/26/2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Stoick||$217,581,231||$277,289,760||$494,870,991|
|3/19/2010||The Bounty Hunter||Milo Boyd||$67,061,228||$68,747,609||$135,808,837|
|10/16/2009||Law Abiding Citizen||Clyde Shelton||$73,357,727||$57,802,054||$131,159,781|
|7/24/2009||The Ugly Truth||Mike Chadway||$88,915,214||$116,383,693||$205,298,907|
|4/4/2008||Nim's Island||Jack / Alex Rover||$48,006,762||$53,850,663||$101,857,425|
|12/25/2007||Butterfly on a Wheel||Neil Warner||$0||$0||$0|
|12/21/2007||P.S. I Love You||Gerry||$53,695,808||$102,073,870||$155,769,678|
|6/16/2006||Beowulf & Grendel||Beowulf||$68,820||$0||$68,820|
|4/22/2005||The Game of Their Lives||Frank Borghi||$375,474||$0||$375,474|
|3/4/2005||Dear Frankie||The Stranger||$1,340,891||$1,758,478||$3,099,369|
|12/22/2004||The Phantom of the Opera||The Phantom||$51,225,796||$102,748,318||$153,974,114|
|7/25/2003||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle o…||Terry Sheridan||$65,653,758||$91,439,185||$157,092,943|
|2/22/2002||The Cherry Orchard||Yasha||$131,188||$0||$131,188|
|2/19/2002||Reign of Fire||Creedy||$43,061,982||$39,088,201||$82,150,183|
|12/19/1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||Leading Seaman (HMS Devonshire)||$125,304,276||$214,200,000||$339,504,276|
|7/18/1997||Mrs. Brown||Archie Brown||$9,217,930||$0||$9,217,930|
|12/31/2018||Them That Follow||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|7/28/2017||The Headhunter’s Calling||Producer||$0||$2,259,845||$2,259,845|
|3/4/2016||London Has Fallen||Producer||$62,524,260||$131,333,702||$193,857,962|
|3/22/2013||Olympus Has Fallen||Producer||$98,927,592||$51,634,572||$150,562,164|
|12/7/2012||Playing for Keeps||Producer||$13,103,272||$14,702,360||$27,805,632|
|9/23/2011||Machine Gun Preacher||Executive Producer||$538,690||$3,183,298||$3,721,988|
|10/16/2009||Law Abiding Citizen||Producer||$73,357,727||$57,802,054||$131,159,781|