|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 8 films, with $995,262,143 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #149)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Click (Director), The Waterboy (Director), Zookeeper (Director), Blended (Director), Here Comes the Boom (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Robert 'Roberto' Boucher Sr. (The Waterboy), Angry Dapper Pedestrian (Around the World in 80 Days)|
|Most productive collaborators: Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, Kevin James, Henry Winkler, Drew Barrymore|
May 1st, 2014
It has been a great year so far and April was again a strong month. The box office was led by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as it became the second film of the year to reach $200 million, while Rio 2 is on pace to become the seventh $100 million hit of the year. Big picture, 2014 has already hit $3 billion, which isn't a record for this time of the year, but it is $250 million ahead of 2013. That streak ends in May. Don't get me wrong. There are six films opening this month that at least have a shot at $100 million and two of those should earn more than $200 million and there are two others that at least have a shot at that milestone. Leading the way is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is looking to top The Winter Soldier and become the second biggest hit of the year so far. Its main competition this month is X-men: Days of Future Past, while Godzilla also has a shot at $200 million. Unfortunately, this month last year, Iron Man 3 earned more than $400 million, while two other films took in $200 million and seven films in total reached the century mark. That is going to be really hard to replicate this year and 2014 will likely lose some of its lead over 2013. Fortunately, 2014 has such a big lead that unless the box office really slumps, it will end the month with at least a small lead over 2013.
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.
|6/16/2004||Around the World in 80 Days||Angry Dapper Pedestrian||$24,004,159||$48,000,000||$72,004,159|
|11/6/1998||The Waterboy||Robert 'Roberto' Boucher Sr.||$161,491,646||$28,700,000||$190,191,646|
|12/11/2015||The Ridiculous 6||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|10/12/2012||Here Comes the Boom||Director||$45,290,318||$27,948,940||$73,239,258|
|6/16/2004||Around the World in 80 Days||Director||$24,004,159||$48,000,000||$72,004,159|
|1/12/1998||The Wedding Singer||Director||$80,245,725||$43,100,000||$123,345,725|