|As an Actor||(Unclassified)||1||$47,219||$0||$47,219|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||6||$559,898,934||$464,765,630||$1,024,664,564|
|Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 6 films, with $1,024,664,564 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #149)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Daddy’s Home (Director), Daddy’s Home (Screenwriter), We're the Millers (Screenwriter), Daddy’s Home (Executive Producer), Dumb and Dumber To (Screenwriter)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: (Never Been Thawed)|
|Most productive collaborators: John Morris, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Bob Fisher, Rawson Thurber|
December 1st, 2015
November ended on a positive note with a strong Thanksgiving weekend. Even so, the overall numbers were mixed with a lot of misses mixed in with a few hits. It was better than October and we will call that a victory. Meanwhile, December is potentially record-breaking. Actually, given the evidence, it is almost assuredly going to be record-breaking. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already set a record for the most money taken from ticket pre-sales and the biggest December weekend will fall. The pre-orders alone will guarantee that. On the downside, it is very likely that no film will make as much in total as The Force Awakens will make during its opening weekend. There's a chance no film makes in total as much as The Force Awakens makes during its opening day. There are a few films that have a shot at $100 million. For example, Joy should get there, if it becomes a major player during Awards Season. If not, it will at least come close. Daddy's Home, and to a lesser extent Sisters, could be surprise $100 million hits. However, like the rest of 2015, December is shaping up to be a month of a record-breaking hit and a lot of films that struggle just to get noticed. On the other hand, last December, was a lot more balanced at the top with four films earning more than $100 million, led by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There's a chance The Force Awakens earns more than all four $100 million hits from last year earned combined.
October 31st, 2014
October was a better than expected month with the overall box office keeping pace with October of 2013, for the most part. (The last weekend will be terrible, but that's because of Halloween.) We were able to close the gap somewhat in the year-over-year comparison, at least by a little bit. So how will November do compared to October. Let's put it this way. There are only seven films opening wide this month. Of those, Beyond the Lights will likely not make an impact at the box office. Every other film has at least a reasonable shot at $100 million. More than half the of the films opening this month could hit $200 million. Leading the way will be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which could hit $400 million. The only problem is when book franchises split the final installment into two parts, the first part tends to be weaker at the box office. Interstellar is a big question mark. On the low end, it could make just over $100 million, while on the high end, just over $300 million is within reach. That's a wide range of expectations. On the downside, last November, there were two movies to reach $400 million: Catching Fire and Frozen. On the other hand, there was only one other movie to make more than $100 million, Thor: The Dark World, so perhaps the depth this year will help 2014 come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
August 1st, 2013
July was hit and miss at the box office, mostly miss. In fact, only two films really topped expectations, Despicable Me 2 and The Conjuring. That said, 2013 has nearly closed the gap with 2012 and it won't take much to pull ahead. Looking forward to August, we find that it is a very busy month with 16 or so films opening wide over five weeks. Of course, the closer you get to September, the more likely these films will struggle to find an audience, and more often than not, there are simply too many films opening wide to suspect they will all find an audience. On the high end, 2 Guns could be the biggest hit of the month with just over $100 million. The Smurfs 2 and Elysium could pull in $100 million. All three of those films are opening in the first two weeks of the month. After that, most of the new releases will be lucky if they reach $50 million during their theatrical runs. By comparison, last August was not as busy with 14 wide releases. Of those, only one film, The Bourne Legacy, topped $100 million, although a couple came reasonably close. Hopefully we will have more $100 million hits this time around and 2013 will be able to complete the comeback.
|4/15/2005||Never Been Thawed||$47,219||$0||$47,219|
|11/26/2014||Horrible Bosses 2||Producer,|
|11/14/2014||Dumb and Dumber To||Screenwriter||$86,208,010||$70,345,582||$156,553,592|
|8/7/2013||We're the Millers||Screenwriter||$150,394,119||$117,422,157||$267,816,276|
|6/15/2012||That's My Boy||Director||$36,931,089||$21,154,146||$58,085,235|
|6/17/2011||Mr. Poppers's Penguins||Screenwriter||$68,224,452||$121,400,000||$189,624,452|
|3/26/2010||Hot Tub Time Machine||Screenwriter||$50,269,859||$15,697,891||$65,967,750|