|As an Actor||Supporting||10||$657,020,976||$1,027,658,719||$1,684,679,695|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$37,397,291||$16,996,346||$54,393,637|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 10 films, with $1,684,679,695 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #792)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Malcolm (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), George Wilson (The Great Gatsby), John Connor (Terminator: Genisys), Dan (Zero Dark Thirty), "Red" Hamilton (Public Enemies)|
|Most productive collaborators: Baltasar Kormakur, Josh Brolin, William Nicholson, Joel Edgerton, John Hawkes|
July 1st, 2015
June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out.
July 1st, 2014
Overall, June was not good. Most films matched expectations, or came close enough that there weren't major disappointments. However, it looks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 will miss expectations by more than $100 million. This was such a massive amount that 2014 lost its lead over 2013 and not even Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million opening was able to turn things around. Looking forward to July, there's not a lot of good news. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be the only film coming out during July that will reach the $100 million milestone, but on the high end, it might reach the $200 million mark. There are a few others that have a shot, but are not favored to reach the century mark. On the other hand, there are more films that may or may not open / expand wide and even if they do, they will likely have no real impact at the box office. By comparison, last July, Despicable Me 2 was the top draw and finished with more than $350 million. There were also four other films that surpassed $100 million at the box office. It seems practically impossible for 2014 to match those numbers and will likely finish the month behind last year's pace. Overall, 2014 isn't doing poorly, but the summer has been much weaker than the spring was, so we've gone from potential record breaking year to merely average.
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
May 1st, 2013
As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison.
January 1st, 2013
December ended on a positive note with 2012 topping 2011 with a week to spare. Hopefully this will translate into strong box office numbers going forward. There are several January releases that actually look very interesting, but you always have to ask, if the films are as good as they look, why are they opening in January? The biggest hit on this list will likely not be a January release, but a limited release from December that is expanding wide in January. Zero Dark Thirty opened in limited release the Wednesday before Christmas and right away it got off to an incredible start. If it can turn some of its Awards Season nominations into wins, which seems very likely at this point, it should be the biggest hit of January. If it can earn some major Oscars, then it might crack $100 million. Unfortunately, no other film on this release list is likely to come close to the $100 million mark. Last January was unseasonably strong with three films opening with $20 million or more and four films finishing with $50 million or more. It is possible that none of the new releases will reach those relatively weak standards.
|12/31/2016||All I See is You||$0||$0||$0|
|7/1/2015||Terminator: Genisys||John Connor||$89,760,956||$350,400,000||$440,160,956|
|4/17/2015||Child 44||Anatoly Tarasovich Brodsky||$1,224,330||$2,210,000||$3,434,330|
|11/7/2014||The Better Angels||Tom Lincoln||$0||$0||$0|
|7/11/2014||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||Malcolm||$208,545,589||$495,000,000||$703,545,589|
|6/28/2013||White House Down||Emil Stenz||$73,103,784||$132,336,603||$205,440,387|
|5/10/2013||The Great Gatsby||George Wilson||$144,840,419||$206,200,000||$351,040,419|
|12/19/2012||Zero Dark Thirty||Dan||$95,720,716||$38,891,719||$134,612,435|
|12/14/2012||Yelling to the Sky||Gordon O'Hara||$0||$0||$0|
|10/14/2011||Texas Killing Fields||$45,470||$1,641,521||$1,686,991|
|4/1/2011||Trust||Agent Doug Tate||$120,016||$0||$120,016|
|7/1/2009||Public Enemies||"Red" Hamilton||$97,104,620||$115,178,089||$212,282,709|
|6/24/2009||The Human Contract||Julian Wright||$0||$0||$0|
|10/26/2001||Better than Sex||Guy C||$94,940||$0||$94,940|