|As an Actor||Leading||20||$958,510,293||$269,290,898||$1,227,801,191|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$45,046,751||$175,000||$45,221,751|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||4||$431,170,686||$91,752,514||$522,923,200|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 20 films, with $1,227,801,191 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #157)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Captian Dickson (22 Jump Street), James Payton (Ride Along), Capt. Dickson (21 Jump Street), James Payton (Ride Along 2), Calvin (Barbershop: The Next Cut)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Straight Outta Compton (Producer), Ride Along (Producer), Ride Along 2 (Producer), Barbershop: The Next Cut (Producer), Lottery Ticket (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Tim Story, Kevin Hart, Greg Coolidge, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill|
April 1st, 2016
March was a really good month, for the most part. There were a few bombs, but the two biggest films, Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both beat expectations by significant margins, so overall the box office was better than expected. Unfortunately, April is a mess, which makes prognosticating really tough. Every single week has at least one film that either moved, switched from wide to limited release, or disappeared entirely. The Jungle Book appears to be the biggest film of the year, but The Huntsman: Winter's War could also be a $100 million hit. Sadly, last April was led by Furious 7, which earned more than $350 million at the box office. That's very likely more than both The Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter's War will make combined. Worse still, there were only four weekends in April last year, meaning the month ends by going head-to-head with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the month ends, 2016's lead over 2015 might be gone. Let's hope it is not that bad.
January 1st, 2016
2016 will begin the same way 2015 ended, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on top. In fact, three of the five films that have the best shot at box office success in January are The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant, all of which opened in December. There are two true January releases that could also do really well, for this time of year: Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. The rest of the releases are just hoping to become midlevel hits. Last January, American Sniper dominated earning more than $300 million. Its success could prevent 2016 from being ahead in the year-over-year comparison by the end of the month, but this year does have better depth.
January 31st, 2015
The Book of Life opened in October and as a family film with a bit of a Halloween flavor to it, I thought it would be a success at the box office. The reviews were certainly great, but it failed to find an audience in theaters. Will it perform better on the home market? Or was there a reason it failed to find an audience in theaters?
April 13th, 2014
Ride Along is the second film I'm reviewing this weekend that earned bad reviews that already has a sequel in the works. I'm not surprised it is getting a sequel. After all, it did earn nearly $135 million on just a $25 million production budget, but a big box office doesn't mean high quality. Were the critics right to lambast this film? Or were moviegoers right to check it out in theaters? And if so, is the Blu-ray Combo Pack worth picking up?
February 3rd, 2014
Super Bowl turned into a blow-out, but still earned a record television audience. This explains why the overall box office numbers were down compared to last weekend. That said, there were some films that did well, including Ride Along, which completed the threepeat and by this time next week with be at over $100 million. On the other hand, the new releases really struggled. That Awkward Moment only managed third place, while Labor Day barely avoided the Mendoza Line. Week-over-week, the overall box office fell 26% to $86 million. Compared to last year, the box office also fell, but by only 3%. That said, 2014 is still ahead of 2013 by 6% at $943 million to $887 million, so the market is still healthy.
January 26th, 2014
After tracking poorly for months, Lionsgate's I, Frankenstein arrived in theaters this weekend with a disappointing projected $8.275 million, according to the distributor, enough for only 6th place on a box office chart that's a jumble of Oscar hopefuls and less ambitious January fare. Ride Along tops the list with $21.1 million projected for the weekend by Universal, which also lays claim to this weekend's number two spot with Lone Survivor's $12.6 million.
January 1st, 2014
It's the first month of the new year, but the biggest hit might be a film released in December. Last month ended on a slow note with all five Christmas day releases failing to become hits, some more than others. (It's a little too soon to tell if The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will do well enough to break even any time soon, but neither is a serious hit.) There are still some December releases that will likely remain on the charts through the opening weekends of January, while there are some films that opened in limited release last month with a scheduled wide release this month. Of the purely January releases, I would guess Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the biggest hit. Even then, it won't live up to the previous films in the franchise, even if you don't take inflation into account. Most of the rest of the new releases will be happy if they can become midlevel hits. Last January was led by Mama, which earned more than $70 million. I think Shadow Recruit will top that figure at the box office, while there are a similar number of likely box office bombs opening this year as there were last year. 2014 could start out ahead of 2013's pace, but it likely won't be a huge difference either way.
|12/31/2017||April 29, 1992||$0||$0||$0|
|4/15/2016||Barbershop: The Next Cut||Calvin||$45,046,751||$175,000||$45,221,751|
|1/15/2016||Ride Along 2||James Payton||$90,862,685||$31,760,780||$122,623,465|
|10/17/2014||The Book of Life||Candle Maker||$50,151,543||$47,500,000||$97,651,543|
|6/13/2014||22 Jump Street||Captian Dickson||$191,719,337||$139,614,539||$331,333,876|
|1/17/2014||Ride Along||James Payton||$134,202,565||$19,530,700||$153,733,265|
|3/16/2012||21 Jump Street||Capt. Dickson||$138,447,667||$64,364,762||$202,812,429|
|8/20/2010||Lottery Ticket||Mr. Washington||$24,719,879||$0||$24,719,879|
|8/22/2008||The Longshots||Curtis Plummer||$11,511,323||$267,073||$11,778,396|
|4/4/2007||Are We Done Yet?||Nick Persons||$49,631,958||$8,725,535||$58,357,493|
|4/29/2005||XXX: State of the Union||Darius Stone||$26,082,914||$44,200,000||$70,282,914|
|1/21/2005||Are We There Yet?||Nick Persons||$82,301,521||$15,440,073||$97,741,594|
|2/6/2004||Barbershop 2: Back in Business||Calvin Palmer||$65,070,412||$772,000||$65,842,412|
|11/22/2002||Friday After Next||Craig Jones||$33,253,609||$273,226||$33,526,835|
|3/8/2002||All About the Benjamins||Bucum||$25,482,931||$390,214||$25,873,145|
|8/24/2001||John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars||James "Desolation" Williams||$8,434,601||$0||$8,434,601|
|1/12/2000||Next Friday||Craig Jones||$57,176,582||$2,498,725||$59,675,307|
|10/1/1999||Three Kings||Chief Elgin||$60,652,036||$47,100,000||$107,752,036|
|5/27/1998||I Got the Hook-Up!||Gun Runner||$10,305,534||$0||$10,305,534|
|4/8/1998||The Players Club||Reggie||$23,031,390||$0||$23,031,390|
|2/12/1997||Dangerous Ground||Vusi Madlazi||$5,079,851||$0||$5,079,851|
|6/2/1995||The Glass Shield||Teddy Woods||$3,262,024||$0||$3,262,024|
|7/12/1991||Boyz n the Hood||Doughboy||$56,190,094||$0||$56,190,094|
|4/15/2016||Barbershop: The Next Cut||Producer||$45,046,751||$175,000||$45,221,751|
|1/15/2016||Ride Along 2||Producer||$90,862,685||$31,760,780||$122,623,465|
|8/14/2015||Straight Outta Compton||Producer||$161,058,685||$40,286,034||$201,344,719|
|8/20/2010||Lottery Ticket||Executive Producer||$24,719,879||$0||$24,719,879|