|As an Actor||Supporting||1||$86,208,010||$70,345,582||$156,553,592|
|In Technical Roles||Director||12||$637,522,213||$740,772,669||$1,378,294,882|
|Second Unit Director||1||$70,978,012||$67,719,000||$138,697,012|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 12 films, with $1,378,294,882 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #85)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: xXx (Director), The Fast and the Furious (Director), The Boy Next Door (Director), Alex Cross (Director), Dragonheart (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: KEN Conference Attendee (Dumb and Dumber To), Enter the Dragon Director (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story)|
|Most productive collaborators: Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, Jennifer Lopez, Rich Wilkes, Asia Argento|
January 1st, 2017
December box office numbers helped 2016 end on ... a note. The good news and the bad news almost exactly balance out. On the one hand, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will finish the year with more than $400 million after just 16 days of release. That’s a stunning amount of money that helped 2016 earn a record box office at the domestic market. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $650 million during December of 2015, so the month lost a lot of its lead over 2015, so much so that ticket sales fell behind last year’s total. The weakness at the end of the year will spill over into 2017, which is terrible news. A slow start could result in the dominant box office story being 2017 struggles compared to 2016. Bad news like this can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sadly, 2017 is also going to get off to a slow start when it comes to wide releases / expansions. There are 16 films scheduled to open or expand wide this month and none of them are expected to get to $100 million. It is likely none of them will even get very close. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is expected to be the best of a weak bunch, but I could see it getting beat by one of the five Oscar contenders opening wide this month, if it gets off to a slow start and one of the Oscar contenders starts picking up steam. Hidden Figures got off to a great start on Christmas Day and should it continue to earn Awards Season recognition, including some Oscar nominations, it could be in wide release well into February. Last January wasn’t as busy with 13 films opening or expanding wide over five weeks. Of these, two of them, The Revenant and Kung Fu Panda 3, topped $100 million domestically, while another, Ride Along 2, came close. 2017 is going to get destroyed in the year-over-year comparison.
January 1st, 2015
2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic.
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.
|11/14/2014||Dumb and Dumber To||KEN Conference Attendee||$86,208,010||$70,345,582||$156,553,592|
|5/7/1993||Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story||Enter the Dragon Director||$35,112,679||$0||$35,112,679|
|1/23/2015||The Boy Next Door||Director||$35,423,380||$17,395,873||$52,819,253|
|8/1/2008||The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon E…||Director||$102,491,776||$303,268,449||$405,760,225|
|4/29/2005||XXX: State of the Union||Executive Producer||$26,873,932||$44,200,000||$71,073,932|
|6/22/2001||The Fast and the Furious||Director||$144,512,310||$62,000,000||$206,512,310|
|5/7/1993||Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story||Director||$35,112,679||$0||$35,112,679|
|5/18/1990||Bird on a Wire||Second Unit Director,|
|6/12/1987||The Witches of Eastwick||Executive Producer||$63,749,955||$0||$63,749,955|
|3/12/1980||A Small Circle of Friends||Director||$766,760||$0||$766,760|