|As an Actor||Leading||24||$1,686,046,137||$635,677,423||$2,321,723,560|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$360,954,267||$259,285,316||$620,239,583|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||17||$811,571,976||$425,116,109||$1,236,688,085|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 24 films, with $2,321,723,560 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #88)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: President Business (The Lego Movie), Brad (Daddy’s Home), Ron Burgundy (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Megamind (Megamind), Chaz (The Wedding Crashers)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Daddy’s Home (Producer), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Screenwriter), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Character Creator), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Producer), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Adam McKay, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Henchy, Sean Anders, Phil Lord|
|Born: July 16th, 1967 (50 years old)|
July 2nd, 2017
With July 4 falling on a Tuesday this year, this is less a holiday weekend, and more the beginning of a holiday week, and it’s bookended by new releases from two of the industry’s most reliable franchises. Despicable Me 3 starts off festivities this weekend with a solid-but-unspectacular $75.4 million from a record-setting 4,529 theaters. Breaking The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’s record for widest opening weekend of all time is no small feat for Universal, but it’s an ominous sign for the franchise that the only film to open in close to this number of theaters and pull in similar numbers at the box office was Shrek Forever After, which opened with $70.8 million in 4,359 theaters back in 2010. That was the last Shrek movie, and this might be a good time for Gru to call it a day.
June 1st, 2017
May was a really soft month with only one unqualified hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, which is climbing towards $375 million domestically. The second biggest hit of the month will be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and I would be surprised if it tops $150 million by any serious margin. June looks a lot more profitable. There are five weeks and every week there is at least one film with a great shot at $100 million or more. In fact, there are four films with at least a decent shot at $200 million and we could double the number of $300 million hits released so far this year. Wonder Woman is widely expected to start the month with an explosive debut and pulling in more than $100 million during its opening weekend is more and more likely. That said, Despicable Me 3 will probably end up being the biggest hit overall with over $300 million. Meanwhile, Cars 3 and Transformers: The Last Knight are both aiming for $200 million. Last June was not particularly strong, outside of one hit. Finding Dory earned nearly $500 million domestically, while the second best film, Central Intelligence, barely earned a quarter of that. I don’t think any film will come close to Finding Dory, but there’s a lot more depth this time around and I have high hopes 2017 will extend its lead.
May 23rd, 2017
May 23rd, 2016
Zoolander came out in 2001. It wasn't beloved by critics and wasn't a major hit in theaters, but did well enough on the home market to develop a loyal following. Zoolander 2 hit theaters earlier this year and failed to live up to its predecessor at the box office. Is this because its target audience had forgotten about the first film? Or did it fail at the box office, because it was just really bad?
March 21st, 2016
This week, there are not many releases to talk about and one of them, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, is dominating the list so much that I could ignore the rest of the list and very little of substance would be lost. I'm not going to do that, but I could. The Box Set is a contender for Pick of the Week, but I'm still waiting for the screener. City Lights is another contender for Pick of the Week, but in the end, I went with the Canadian movie, Mountain Men on DVD, which is Puck of the Week.
February 29th, 2016
I featured Drunk History on a Holiday Gift Guide and I stand by that recommendation. It's got a really simple set-up and a better than expected execution. On the other hand, I was worried that it's high concept meant a really short shelf life. Would I grow tired of the show after just three seasons? Or is it still entertaining?
February 1st, 2016
As expected, January was dominated by holdovers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant leading the way. That's not to say there were no new releases that did well, as Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 were hits with moviegoers. Looking forward, there is only one film that looks like a sure hit, Deadpool. There's a slim chance it could be a surprise $200 million hit. There's a much better chance it will be the only $100 million hit. Conversely, last February started with a $100 million hit coming out, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, while there were two other $100 million movies to come out that month, Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Looks like 2016 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison.
December 27th, 2015
The Star Wars juggernaut continues to roll through box office records all around the world this weekend. It will pass $1 billion globally today, Sunday, in just its 12th day in release—one day faster than Jurassic World. That blockbuster figure is largely thanks to an incredible $544 million after just ten days domestically, far ahead of Jurassic World’s $402 million at the same point in its run. The Force Awakens has now broken records for every milestone from $50 million to $500 million, with more to fall. The current record for fastest to $550 million is also Jurassic World, which reached the mark in 24 days. Star Wars will do it in eleven. After that, we will start looking at some serious all-time records.
December 23rd, 2015
There are five wide releases / wide expansions this week, none of which will even come close to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' second weekend of release. The rest of the box office combined won't come close to The Force Awakens' sophomore stint. It looks like Daddy's Home has the advantage for second place, while Joy should be close behind. The Big Short expands wide on Wednesday and its five-day total should be close to the previous two films' three-day totals. On the downside, it looks like both Concussion and Point Break will open on the outside of the top five. The Force Awakens will make more than the entire top ten made this weekend last year, so 2015 will end the year on a very positive note in the year-over-year comparison.
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.
March 31st, 2015
After a couple of soft weeks at the box office, both new wide releases beat expectations. In fact, Home nearly doubled predictions. Get Hard also beat expectations, albeit by a smaller margin. Add in solid runs by the holdovers and the overall box office was very strong at $150 million. This is 19% higher than last week and 7.3% higher than the same weekend last year. We can thank Home entirely for this win. If it had merely matched predictions, 2015 would have lost the in the year-over-year comparisons. Year-to-date, 2015 is ahead of 2014 by a 2.0% margin at $2.37 billion to $2.32 billion.
March 29th, 2015
DreamWorks Animation has been having a tough time of it recently. Aside from How to Train Your Dragon 2, their last three films, Penguins of Madagascar, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Turbo were all financial failures, and, as an animation house, they are stuck with a business model that demands putting $100 million–$200 million into each film and hoping for a $500 million-plus global hit. That’s made doubly-difficult when you’re operating as a standalone entity and can’t fall back on the wider resources of the studio during hard times.
The opening weekend for Home, projected at $54 million, according to distributor Fox, is therefore very welcome news indeed. It marks the best opening by a non-sequel for the production house since Monsters vs. Aliens opened with $59.3 million on this weekend in 2009, and the third-best non-sequel debut in their history behind that film and Kung Fun Panda’s $60 million start in 2008.
March 26th, 2015
There is an actual race at the box office this weekend. This is rare, because there's usually one obvious number one film, as studios don't want to deal with competition. However, this week, both Get Hard and Home have a shot at first place with $30 million or so. Additionally, there are two other films, Insurgent and Cinderella, that are aiming to reach $20 million over the weekend. That's a lot of depth. There is one final film of note, It Follows, which is expanding semi-wide and could find a spot in the top five. This weekend last year, the box office was led by Noah with $43.72 million, while two other films, Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted earned more than $10 million. 2015 has better depth, but it won't be as strong at the top. I'm not sure which year will come out on top, but it should be close.
March 1st, 2015
February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month.
March 30th, 2014
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came out in theaters nearly a decade ago. It earned good reviews and did well at the box office managing nearly $90 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. However, it became a classic on the home market and many think it is among Will Ferrell's best movies. Rumors of a sequel persisted for quite a while before Anchorman: The Legend Continues finally came out. It earned better reviews and nearly doubled the first film's numbers at the worldwide box office. Is this because the quality is also better? Or did it unduly benefit from nearly ten years of demand?
January 31st, 2014
After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace.
December 3rd, 2013
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is nine years old this year, which makes it an odd time to release a special edition Blu-ray. At least it would be an odd time if Anchorman: The Legend Continues wasn't hitting theaters in a couple of weeks. Is the movie as good as most people remember it? And is the Unrated Rich Mahogany Edition worth the upgrade from the previous edition?
December 1st, 2013
We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012.
|11/9/2018||Holmes & Watson||Sherlock Holmes||$0||$0||$0|
|11/10/2017||Daddy’s Home 2||Brad Whitaker||$0||$0||$0|
|6/30/2017||The House||Scott Johansen||$25,381,591||$5,608,239||$30,989,830|
|12/31/2016||Russ & Roger Go Beyond||Russ Meyer||$0||$0||$0|
|2/12/2016||Zoolander 2||Jacobim Mugatu||$28,848,693||$26,500,000||$55,348,693|
|2/7/2014||The Lego Movie||President Business||$257,784,718||$199,944,670||$457,729,388|
|12/18/2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Ron Burgundy||$127,352,707||$44,833,047||$172,185,754|
|8/10/2012||The Campaign||Cam Brady||$86,907,746||$18,000,000||$104,907,746|
|3/16/2012||Casa de mi Padre||Armando Alvarez||$5,909,483||$2,537,469||$8,446,952|
|5/13/2011||Everything Must Go||Nick Proter||$2,712,131||$108,879||$2,821,010|
|8/6/2010||The Other Guys||Allen Gamble||$119,219,978||$51,716,492||$170,936,470|
|6/5/2009||Land of the Lost||Dr. Rick Marshall||$49,438,370||$20,110,271||$69,548,641|
|7/25/2008||Step Brothers||Brennan Huff||$100,468,793||$28,000,000||$128,468,793|
|5/18/2007||The Wendell Baker Story||Dave Bix||$127,188||$0||$127,188|
|3/30/2007||Blades of Glory||Chazz Michael Michaels||$118,594,548||$27,000,000||$145,594,548|
|11/10/2006||Stranger Than Fiction||Harold Crick||$40,435,190||$13,137,632||$53,572,822|
|8/4/2006||Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky…||Ricky Bobby||$148,213,377||$14,657,148||$162,870,525|
|2/10/2006||Curious George||Ted/Man in the Yellow Hat||$58,640,119||$12,412,485||$71,052,604|
|12/16/2005||The Producers: The Movie Musical||Franz Liebkind||$19,398,532||$13,554,463||$32,952,995|
|7/15/2005||The Wedding Crashers||Chaz||$209,218,368||$74,000,000||$283,218,368|
|5/13/2005||Kicking and Screaming||Phil Weston||$52,842,724||$3,000,000||$55,842,724|
|3/18/2005||Melinda and Melinda||Hobie||$3,826,280||$16,000,000||$19,826,280|
|7/9/2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Ron Burgundy||$84,136,909||$5,339,356||$89,476,265|
|3/21/2003||Boat Trip||Brian's Boyfriend||$8,586,376||$6,347,337||$14,933,713|
|8/24/2001||Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back||Willenholly||$30,059,386||$3,703,014||$33,762,400|
|10/13/2000||The Ladies Man||Lance||$13,592,872||$126,602||$13,719,474|
|3/3/2000||Drowning Mona||Cubby the Funeral Director||$15,427,192||$553,184||$15,980,376|
|6/10/1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Mustafa||$206,040,085||$106,343,402||$312,383,487|
|10/2/1998||A Night at the Roxbury||Steve Butabi||$30,331,165||$0||$30,331,165|
|5/2/1997||Austin Powers: International Man of M…||Mustafa||$53,883,989||$13,800,000||$67,683,989|
|11/9/2018||Holmes & Watson||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2015||Untitled Adam McKay Seth Rogen …||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|9/11/2015||Sleeping with Other People||Producer||$814,775||$1,536,852||$2,351,627|
|5/1/2015||Welcome to Me||Producer||$625,727||$4,159||$629,886|
|12/18/2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Screenwriter,|
|1/25/2013||Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters||Producer||$55,703,475||$159,246,241||$214,949,716|
|3/16/2012||Casa de mi Padre||Producer||$5,909,483||$2,537,469||$8,446,952|
|3/2/2012||Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar M…||Producer||$201,436||$22,216||$223,652|
|9/24/2010||The Virginity Hit||Producer||$636,706||$0||$636,706|
|8/6/2010||The Other Guys||Producer||$119,219,978||$51,716,492||$170,936,470|
|8/4/2006||Talladega Nights: The Ballad of…||Screenwriter,|
|7/9/2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Bu…||Screenwriter||$84,136,909||$5,339,356||$89,476,265|
|10/2/1998||A Night at the Roxbury||Screenwriter||$30,331,165||$0||$30,331,165|