|Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 2 films, with $47,794,443 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,610)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: 2016: Obama’s America (Director), 2016: Obama’s America (Screenwriter), 2016: Obama’s America (Story Creator), 2016: Obama’s America (Executive Producer), America: Imagine a World Without Her (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Himself (2016: Obama’s America)|
|Most productive collaborators: Barack Obama, John Sullivan, Gerald R. Molen, Ann Balog, Doug Sain|
July 7th, 2014
As expected, Transformers: Age of Extinction won the race to the top of the box office chart and did so with ease. However, that film, and practically every film in the top five, failed to live up to expectations. Tammy still took second place with ease, but it was the only other film to earn more than $10 million over the Independence Day long weekend. Overall, the box office pulled in $132 million over the weekend, which is 27% less than last weekend. Compared to the same weekend last year, the box office was 42% lower this year. Ouch. To put this into perspective, even if you take out Despicable Me 2 from last year's box office, 2014 would have still failed to match 2013's weekend numbers. Year-to-date, 2014 is now $130 million or 2.4% below 2013's pace at $5.35 billion to $5.48 billion. It is still too early to panic, but if things don't turn around soon, the panic button will be pushed.
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 27th, 2014
There are more than a dozen limited releases on this week's list, including two films that are opening in limited release this week with a scheduled wide expansion next week. Unfortunately, I don't have high hopes for either of those two films. There are some films worth checking out, including a pair of documentaries, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz and Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, both of which are also playing on Video on Demand. The film I hope has the best start is Snowpiercer, a South Korean film that is earning amazing reviews.
June 22nd, 2014
FrackNation is an environmental documentary, and there have been a lot of those that have come out in recent years. It is forgivable if the average moviegoer can't tell them apart anymore. How does it compare to the other film's in this genre? Does it stand out?
October 14th, 2012
2016: Obama's America started out in limited release in the summer, but thanks in part to the GOP convention boosting political enthusiasm among conservatives, it managed to climb into the top ten and expand truly wide. In the end, it became one of the highest grossing political documentaries since Fahrenheit 9/11 set the gold standard for the genre. That film went on to win an Oscar. Will this film do the same?
|7/13/2012||2016: Obama’s America||Himself||$33,349,941||$0||$33,349,941|
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