|As an Actor||Supporting||9||$453,029,283||$180,425,589||$633,454,872|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$85,533,186||$14,450,515||$99,983,701|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||2||$87,492,323||$13,724,452||$101,216,775|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 25 films, with $1,306,692,433 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,880)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Detective Reilly (Identity Thief), Lance (The Best Man Holiday), Travis Sanders (The Game Plan), Dave (The Perfect Guy), Pual Phillips (The Call)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Takers (Executive Producer), When the Bough Breaks (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jason Bateman, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Jon Cassar, Seth Gordon|
September 8th, 2016
The weekend after the Labor Day long weekend is often the worst weekend of the year. However, this year there two films opening wide that have a real shot at $20 million or more. Sully is Oscar-bait, but it is opening a little too early for that role and its reviews are a little below where they need to be. When the Bough Breaks is a thriller aimed at African-Americans and this time of year has become the perfect time to release such a film. Those two films should earn $50 million combined. Unfortunately, there are two other films coming out this week. The Wild Life is a third-tier animated film, while The Disappointments Room isn’t even opening truly wide. There’s a chance neither of them will reach the top five. The Disappointments Room likely won’t reach the top ten. This weekend last year, the top two films were The Perfect Guy and The Visit, which combined earned just over $50 million at the box office. It should be a really close race in the year-over-year competition.
September 1st, 2016
August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top.
September 1st, 2015
As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy.
February 10th, 2015
I have reviewed four of the previous five seasons of Nurse Jackie and for the most part thought the show was good, but has some problems. I thought the fourth season was the best season. Did the show continue to grow? Or did it suffer in the year that I missed?
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
|9/9/2016||When the Bough Breaks||John Taylor||$29,747,603||$881,904||$30,629,507|
|9/11/2015||The Perfect Guy||Dave||$57,017,904||$3,246,901||$60,264,805|
|11/15/2013||The Best Man Holiday||Lance||$70,525,195||$2,310,515||$72,835,710|
|8/16/2013||Kick-Ass 2||Detective Marcus Williams||$28,795,985||$34,333,924||$63,129,909|
|3/15/2013||The Call||Pual Phillips||$51,872,378||$17,949,098||$69,821,476|
|2/8/2013||Identity Thief||Detective Reilly||$134,506,920||$40,854,658||$175,361,578|
|1/9/2009||Not Easily Broken||Dave Johnson||$10,572,742||$160,167||$10,732,909|
|12/12/2007||The Perfect Holiday||Benjamin||$5,812,781||$0||$5,812,781|
|9/22/2007||The Game Plan||Travis Sanders||$90,648,202||$55,942,785||$146,590,987|
|10/1/2004||Ladder 49||Tommy Drake||$74,541,707||$27,791,141||$102,332,848|
|8/27/2004||Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid||Gordon Mitchell||$31,526,393||$38,800,000||$70,326,393|
|5/14/2004||Breakin' All the Rules||Evan Fields||$12,232,382||$279,935||$12,512,317|
|11/15/2002||Half Past Dead||49er One aka Don Johnson||$15,567,860||$3,665,420||$19,233,280|
|7/3/2002||Like Mike||Tracey Reynolds||$51,432,423||$11,000,000||$62,432,423|
|9/7/2001||Two Can Play That Game||Keith Fenton||$22,235,901||$155,549||$22,391,450|
|3/23/2001||The Brothers||Jackson Smith||$27,457,409||$500,782||$27,958,191|
|10/22/1999||The Best Man||Lance||$34,102,780||$470,000||$34,572,780|
|7/14/1995||Under Siege 2: Dark Territory||Bobby Zachs||$50,024,083||$54,300,000||$104,324,083|
|4/22/1994||The Inkwell||Harold Lee||$8,864,699||$0||$8,864,699|
|12/13/1991||The Last Boy Scout||Locker Room Kid||$59,509,925||$0||$59,509,925|
|7/12/1991||Boyz n the Hood||Ricky Barker||$56,190,094||$10,540||$56,200,634|
|9/9/2016||When the Bough Breaks||Executive Producer||$29,747,603||$881,904||$30,629,507|