|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||9||$836,932,052||$1,177,203,666||$2,014,135,718|
|Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 9 films, with $2,014,135,718 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #48)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Logan (Screenwriter), The Wolverine (Screenwriter), Marley & Me (Screenwriter), Minority Report (Screenwriter), The Interpreter (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Owen Wilson, David Frankel, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Hugh Jackman|
March 1st, 2017
February was an okay month. The films that missed expectations were mostly balanced by the films that were pleasant surprises. Unfortunately, last February was amazing as Deadpool dominated the chart, so 2017 has fallen further behind 2016 and 2016’s lead is now about $100 million. It is not so bad that a good March won’t help 2017 back into the lead. Will that happen? We have some good news and some bad news. Good news: Every week there is one movie that has at least a shot at $100 million. Two of them, Logan and Beauty and the Beast, could reach $200 million or a lot more. Bad News: last March, both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned more than $300 million. That’s a really powerful one-two punch and I don’t think we can replicate that this time around. On the other hand, last March, the third best film of the month was 10 Cloverfield Lane, while there were four films that were expected to open wide that earned less than $10 million at the box office. 2017 likely won’t be as good at the top, but I also don’t think it will have as many bombs either. If Beauty and the Beast reaches the very high end of expectations, then 2017 could even close the gap with 2016 entirely. I’ll be happy getting halfway there.
September 1st, 2014
August was a great month, it is as simple as that. Not only did Guardians of the Galaxy break records, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a surprise hit as well. These early gains led to an extended winning streak in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, 2014 is still more than $300 million behind 2013, but this is substantially less than the gap was before the month. Can September maintain this run? I'm not sure. Last September was strong compared to most Septembers with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 earning more than $100 million while Insidious Chapter 2 came relatively close. This year, there likely won't be any $100 million hits, but I think The Equalizer should at least come close. Meanwhile, there are some who think The Maze Runner will be the biggest hit of the month, but I'm not among them. There have been too many similar releases that have struggled to think this one will be a hit. I think September will get off to a terrible start, but overall I think it will be close to last year.
|9/19/2014||A Walk Among the Tombstones||Director,|
|12/25/2008||Marley & Me||Screenwriter||$143,153,751||$104,658,260||$247,812,011|
|12/17/2004||Flight of the Phoenix||Screenwriter||$21,009,180||$13,000,000||$34,009,180|
|3/2/2001||The Caveman's Valentine||Producer||$687,081||$205,425||$892,506|
|6/26/1998||Out of Sight||Screenwriter||$37,562,568||$40,000,000||$77,562,568|