|In Technical Roles||Director||13||$791,985,690||$619,598,278||$1,411,583,968|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 13 films, with $1,411,583,968 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #89)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Dumb and Dumber To (Director), Dumb and Dumber To (Producer), There's Something About Mary (Director), There's Something About Mary (Screenwriter), Dumb and Dumber To (Character Creator)|
|Most productive collaborators: Peter Farrelly, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Bradley Thomas, Cameron Diaz|
November 18th, 2014
There was some good news and bad news over the weekend. The good news was Dumb and Dumber To, which managed a stronger than expected opening, despite its reviews. The bad news was Beyond the Lights, which couldn't turn its reviews into box office success. That said, the good outweighed the bad and overall the box office was quite strong. It was still down 11% from last weekend to $140 million, but that's still 12% more than the same weekend last year. 2014 remains behind 2013's pace by 3.4% or $310 million at $8.72 billion to $9.03 billion, but every little victory will help soften the blow at the end of the year.
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.
October 14th, 2014
In some ways, it is a great week on the home market, as there are several excellent releases worth picking up. In other ways, it is an even better week, because there are so few releases and almost no filler. The only downside is trying to select a release for Pick of the Week, as there are a number of competitors. One of the biggest releases of the week is X-Men: Days of Future Past on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and it is also one of the best. Other contenders include Mr. Peabody & Sherman on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Combo Pack, Fargo: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Witching and Bitching on DVD. Strangely, I'm still waiting for the screeners for all four films. In the end, I literally rolled a dice to determine the winner and it was X-Men: Days of Future Past.
October 12th, 2014
Kingpin was not a hit when it was first released nearly 20 years ago. It earned mixed reviews and barely matched its production budget domestically. However, it became a huge cult hit on the home market. This week it comes out on Blu-ray for the first time. It is also the first time I've seen it. Was it worth the wait? Or was I smart skipping it the first time it came out?
|12/31/2016||One Night Stan||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|11/14/2014||Dumb and Dumber To||Character Creator,|
|4/13/2012||The Three Stooges||Screenwriter,|
|10/5/2007||The Heartbreak Kid||Director,|
|12/12/2003||Stuck On You||Director,|
|6/23/2000||Me, Myself & Irene||Director,|
|7/15/1998||There's Something About Mary||Director,|
|12/16/1994||Dumb & Dumber||Co-Producer,|