|As an Actor||Leading||15||$238,599,656||$338,840,478||$577,440,134|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$182,480,021||$181,546,119||$364,026,140|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$0||$0||$0|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $577,440,134 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #341)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Harvey Dent (The Dark Knight), Jeff Skiles (Sully), President Benjamin Asher (Olympus Has Fallen), Staff Sgt. Michael Nantz (Battle: Los Angeles), Benjamin Asher (London Has Fallen)|
|Most productive collaborators: Gerard Butler, Jonathan Liebesman, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Michelle Rodriguez|
December 1st, 2016
November was good, but not great. Fortunately, 2016 had a large enough lead going into November that the month only needed to be good. In fact, it could have been mediocre and 2016 would have still had an excellent shot to end the year above 2015. As for December, it’s a race between Star Wars and Star Wars. Almost no one thinks Rogue One is going to match The Force Awakens, but if Rogue One earns just half of what The Force Awakens managed, then 2016 will come out on top in the year-over-year comparison. There are only two other films with a better than 50/50 chance of hitting $100 million, Passengers and Sing. Either one could earn second place for the month, but Passengers will likely start faster. Last December, the only other film to earn more than $100 million was Daddy’s Home, which earned just a hair over $150 million. There’s a chance both Passengers and Sing will earn more than $150 million, which would be a boon to the box office. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just too strong last year and it would take a miracle for 2016 to have a stronger December. That said, it would take a complete collapse for 2016 not to top 2015 in raw dollars. The growth might not be enough to keep pace with ticket price inflation, on the other hand.
March 1st, 2016
It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.
As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015.
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.
May 17th, 2013
I mentioned last week that every summer there is usually one limited release that has break out success and expands, if not wide, at least wide enough to earn a real measure of mainstream success. This week, we have that first film that might reach that level of success. Frances Ha not only has the best reviews on this week's list, but it also has an impressive pedigree. There are also a couple foreign language films that might find an audience on the art house circuit, Augustine and Pieta, but their chances to expand significantly are much more limited.
March 1st, 2013
February is over, and for the most part, we should be very happy it is done and buried. The biggest hit of the month turned out to be Identity Thief, which will cross $100 million shortly. There were also a couple of impressive midlevel hits, like Warm Bodies and Escape from Planet Earth, but for the most part, it was miss after miss. This is bad news for March, which is not only dealing with a slumping 2013 box office, but will be compared with a strong March of 2012. Last March started with The Lorax, which earned more than $200 million. There's a good chance no March release this year will reach this milestone. Last March was also the month The Hunger Games opened, which earned more than $400 million. There's a chance the top three films opening this month won't earn that much combined. 2013 is going to take a beating in the year-over-year comparison and it is already $100 million behind last year's pace.
|12/2/2016||Incarnate||Dr. Seth Ember||$0||$0||$0|
|11/18/2016||Bleed for This||Kevin Rooney||$4,552,190||$0||$4,552,190|
|3/4/2016||London Has Fallen||Benjamin Asher||$62,524,260||$131,333,702||$193,857,962|
|11/13/2015||My All-American||Darrell Royal||$2,246,000||$0||$2,246,000|
|3/22/2013||Olympus Has Fallen||President Benjamin Asher||$98,927,592||$51,634,572||$150,562,164|
|10/28/2011||The Rum Diary||Sanderson||$13,109,815||$8,434,917||$21,544,732|
|3/11/2011||Battle: Los Angeles||Staff Sgt. Michael Nantz||$83,552,429||$129,911,547||$213,463,976|
|7/18/2008||The Dark Knight||Harvey Dent||$533,345,358||$469,546,000||$1,002,891,358|
|9/15/2006||The Black Dahlia||Lee Blanchard||$22,672,813||$26,565,712||$49,238,525|
|9/1/2006||The Wicker Man||Truck Stop Driver||$24,413,467||$13,308,360||$37,721,827|
|8/11/2006||Conversations with Other Women||Man||$379,418||$918,327||$1,297,745|
|3/17/2006||Thank You For Smoking||Nick Naylor||$24,793,509||$15,223,153||$40,016,662|
|8/27/2004||Suspect Zero||Thomas Mackelway||$8,712,564||$0||$8,712,564|
|11/26/2003||The Missing||Brake Baldwin||$26,900,336||$11,353,097||$38,253,433|
|3/28/2003||The Core||Dr. Josh Keyes||$31,111,260||$43,021,371||$74,132,631|
|1/19/2001||The Pledge||Stan Krolak||$19,719,930||$9,686,202||$29,406,132|
|12/22/1999||Any Given Sunday||Nick Crozier||$75,530,832||$24,700,000||$100,230,832|
|8/19/1998||Your Friends and Neighbors||Barry||$4,714,658||$0||$4,714,658|
|8/1/1997||In the Company of Men||Chad||$2,883,661||$0||$2,883,661|