|As an Actor||Leading||12||$1,443,615,878||$3,067,489,042||$4,511,104,920|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$1,078,720,821||$2,017,032,756||$3,095,753,577|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||9||$1,321,170,673||$3,830,267,814||$5,151,438,487|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 12 films, with $4,511,104,920 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #25)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Baby Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2), Dominic Toretto (Furious 7), Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy), Dominic Toretto (The Fate of the Furious), Dominic Toretto (Fast and Furious 6)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Furious 7 (Producer), The Fate of the Furious (Producer), Fast and Furious 6 (Producer), Fast Five (Producer), Fast & Furious (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Chris Morgan, Neal H. Moritz, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Gary Scott Thompson|
|Born: July 18th, 1967 (50 years old)|
August 20th, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was the second biggest hit of the summer and the third biggest hit of 2017 so far. It is also part of the MCU and there hasn’t been a truly bad movie in the MCU so far. Spoiler alert: This movie doesn’t break the winning streak. However, it could be a really good movie and still not live up to the original. Is that the case? Or can Vol 2 outshine the first installment?
April 1st, 2017
March was a month of extremes, led by two strong performances: Beauty and the Beast breaking records and Logan cracking $200 million with ease. There were also two other $100 million hits and another potential $100 million hit that we don’t have significant box office numbers for yet. This is fantastic. On the opposite end, there were three films on last month’s list that didn’t even open truly wide. This month won’t be as lucrative at the top, as The Fate of the Furious is the only film expected to top $100 million. Fortunately, it is expected to open with over $100 million. On the other extreme, there are many, many films on this list that I’m not sure will open wide. Fortunately, last April wasn’t any better. The Jungle Book made nearly $1 billion worldwide, but the other nine films combined made less than half of that. To emphasize: the other nine films that opened last April averaged less than $50 million worldwide each. If The Fate of the Furious can just come close to the previous installment of the franchise, then 2017 has a solid shot at topping 2016.
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.
February 2nd, 2016
This week the home market is led by a Blu-ray double-dip, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, while there is also an Oscar contender, Bridge of Spies, on the top. After that, the list is filled with bombs and weaker limited releases. It was an easy choice to select Snow White as Pick of the Week.
October 25th, 2015
Dismal is about the politest word that can be applied to the box office performance of new releases this weekend. None of the five films new in wide release managed to make the top three on the chart, and two of them didn’t even crack the top ten. That leaves The Martian and Goosebumps to battle it out for first place, and a fourth-week decline of just 25% for The Martian looks virtually certain to give it the win. Fox projects it will make $15.9 million for a total by the end of the weekend of $166 million or so. Its performance to date falls neatly between that of Interstellar and Gravity, which puts the sci-fi adventure on course for a final domestic box office of $230 million (see full comps here).
October 24th, 2015
Where to start? There are so many new releases to talk about and none of them did well. Some did so poorly that talking about them seems mean. So, let’s start by saying that Friday’s box office chart was led by The Martian, while Goosebumps has a shot at repeating on top of the chart, with each film earning about $14 million to $15 million. Meanwhile, Bridge of Spies should earn third place over the weekend with between $11 million and $12 million.
October 22nd, 2015
The box office prediction contests for the past few weeks have had a horror / "horror" theme. That is to say, two people won horror movies and the third won movies that were so bad it is scary they exist. There are four new releases this weekend and they all epitomize the latter. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension has a review embargo, which is never a good sign, while the other three wide releases are all earning less than 20% positive reviews. Does that mean there's nothing worth seeing this week? Nope. Fortunately, Steve Jobs is expanding wide and should earn first place at the box office. It is the only film on this week's list with a shot at $20 million. This weekend last year, Ouija nearly reached $20 million and five other films earned $10 million. I don't think we will match that this year. It could be close and any gain or loss in the year-over-year comparison should be in single digits, so there's no reason to be overly concerned.
October 1st, 2015
September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top.
September 13th, 2015
Furious 7 is the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise. The films started out okay, but critical reception fell quickly. It wasn't until Fast Five when the filmmakers realized they were making, in essence, live-action cartoons that they truly found their voices. This focus helped the box office, so much so that Furious 7 became just the third film to earn more than $1 billion internationally and just the fourth film to earn $1.5 billion worldwide. Is the quality up to the same level as its box office? The odds of that are nearly zero. However, is it at least as entertaining as its box office numbers would indicate?
May 31st, 2015
In a Summer already littered with franchise films, it’s good to see something original top the charts, even if it is something as rote as a disaster movie based on an earthquake in California. The $53.2 million projected opening for San Andreas is something of a triumph for Dwayne Johnson, who carries the film as its sole lead, unlike his contributions to the Furious 7 ensemble. With only the domestic opening numbers in, Johnson has already moved up to third on our top current stars list, and will most likely pass Vin Diesel for second place before San Andreas’ run is over.
April 1st, 2015
March ended on a good note and helped 2015 maintain its lead over 2014 thanks to a trio of $100 million movies: Cinderella, Insurgent, and Home. April isn't as strong as far as depth goes, as only Furious 7 is expected to come close to $100 million at the box office. On the positive side, it could earn $100 million during its opening weekend, becoming the fastest starting film of the year, so far. On the negative side, it is expected to earn more than double the rest of the films' combined box office totals. Even worse, last April, there were two $100 million hits, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as two others that came close. There's no way April 2015 is going to live up to April 2014. I just hope the collapse isn't so bad that 2015 loses its lead over 2014 completely.
December 8th, 2014
At the moment, Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest grossing film released in 2014. (Mockingjay, Part 1 still has a chance of catching it, depending on how well it does over Christmas). It is also one the the best-reviewed wide releases of 2014. As a fan of Marvel Comics in general and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in particular, I had very high hopes for this film. Was the buzz warranted? Or was this a case of too much hype?
August 1st, 2014
July was... well... let's just pretend it didn't happen. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did well, but week after week 2014 fell further behind 2013 in the year-to-date comparison. At the moment, we are roughly $400 million behind last year's pace and while I don't think August will continue the losing streak, there's really no chance August will put a dent in that number. It looks more and more likely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a hit, especially given its early reviews, but it could be the last $100 million hit till October, if the bad buzz surrounding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turns into bad ticket sales. Last August there were two films that reached $100 million, plus two others that came close. This August might match that, while the biggest film this year should top the biggest film from last year. I think the slump 2014 is suffering through will end the first weekend and overall I think it will cut the deficit a little bit. That said, summer 2014 will still end as one of the worst recent summers at the box office.
December 10th, 2013
As a franchise, Fast and the Furious appeared burnt out in 2009. Tokyo Drift bombed failing to match its production budget domestically and likely losing a ton worldwide. Fast and Furious saw the return of the original cast, which helped it return to previous heights in terms of box office dollars, but critics eviscerated it. Then, defying logic, Fast Five became the biggest hit in the franchise and earned the most critical praise. Can Fast and Furious 6 maintain this momentum? Or was Fast Five just a fluke?
September 1st, 2013
August ended, and we should be very grateful for that. Lee Daniels' The Butler was a surprise hit, while We're the Millers did better than expected. However, most other films that were expected to be solid hits failed to live up to expectations. Fortunately, August of 2012 was even worse, so 2013 regained the lead on the year-to-year comparison during the month. Looking forward, there is exactly one film that will likely become more than a midlevel hit in September: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. That film has a chance to reach $100 million in total. Most of the rest of the new releases will be lucky if they get halfway there. Fortunately, September of 2012 was even worse. Hotel Transylvania was a surprise hit, earning nearly $150 million, and there were a few others that topped $50 million, but there were also several outright bombs. If we can avoid those types of bombs, then 2013 should continue its winning streak.
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.
|4/2/2021||Fast and Furious 10||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2020||Hannibal the Conqueror||Hannibal Barca||$0||$0||$0|
|4/10/2020||Fast and Furious 9||$0||$0||$0|
|5/4/2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Groot||$0||$0||$0|
|5/5/2017||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2||Baby Groot||$389,813,101||$470,664,162||$860,477,263|
|4/14/2017||The Fate of the Furious||Dominic Toretto||$225,764,765||$1,011,679,697||$1,237,444,462|
|1/20/2017||xXx: Return of Xander Cage||Xander Cage||$44,898,413||$300,216,520||$345,114,933|
|11/11/2016||Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk||Shroom||$1,738,477||$24,124,981||$25,863,458|
|10/23/2015||The Last Witch Hunter||Kaulder||$27,367,660||$103,866,746||$131,234,406|
|4/3/2015||Furious 7||Dominic Toretto||$351,032,910||$1,165,715,774||$1,516,748,684|
|8/1/2014||Guardians of the Galaxy||Groot||$333,172,112||$437,879,223||$771,051,335|
|5/24/2013||Fast and Furious 6||Dominic Toretto||$238,679,850||$550,620,594||$789,300,444|
|4/29/2011||Fast Five||Dominic Toretto||$209,837,675||$420,132,129||$629,969,804|
|4/3/2009||Fast & Furious||Dominic Toretto||$155,064,265||$208,000,000||$363,064,265|
|6/16/2006||The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Dominic Toretto||$62,615,510||$95,178,695||$157,794,205|
|3/17/2006||Find Me Guilty||Jack DiNorscio||$1,173,673||$1,724,552||$2,898,225|
|3/4/2005||The Pacifier||Shane Wolf||$113,006,880||$85,000,000||$198,006,880|
|6/11/2004||The Chronicles of Riddick||Richard B. Riddick||$57,712,751||$49,500,000||$107,212,751|
|4/4/2003||A Man Apart||Sean Vetter||$26,500,000||$17,297,731||$43,797,731|
|10/11/2002||Knockaround Guys||Taylor Reese||$11,660,180||$759,520||$12,419,700|
|6/22/2001||The Fast and the Furious||Dominic Toretto||$144,512,310||$62,000,000||$206,512,310|
|2/18/2000||Pitch Black||Richard Riddick||$39,235,088||$13,947,000||$53,182,088|
|2/18/2000||Boiler Room||Chris Varick||$16,963,963||$11,809,674||$28,773,637|
|8/4/1999||The Iron Giant||The Iron Giant||$23,159,305||$8,174,612||$31,333,917|
|7/24/1998||Saving Private Ryan||Private Carparzo||$216,335,085||$268,700,000||$485,035,085|
|12/31/2020||Hannibal the Conqueror||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|4/14/2017||The Fate of the Furious||Producer||$225,764,765||$1,011,679,697||$1,237,444,462|
|1/20/2017||xXx: Return of Xander Cage||Producer||$44,898,413||$300,216,520||$345,114,933|
|10/23/2015||The Last Witch Hunter||Producer||$27,367,660||$103,866,746||$131,234,406|
|5/24/2013||Fast and Furious 6||Producer||$238,679,850||$550,620,594||$789,300,444|
|4/3/2009||Fast & Furious||Producer||$155,064,265||$208,000,000||$363,064,265|
|4/4/2003||A Man Apart||Producer||$26,500,000||$17,297,731||$43,797,731|