|As an Actor||Leading||21||$1,508,629,911||$541,669,184||$2,050,299,095|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$332,105,574||$232,785,316||$564,890,890|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||15||$572,755,688||$313,570,789||$886,326,477|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 21 films, with $2,050,299,095 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #93)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: President Business (The Lego Movie), Ron Burgundy (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Megamind (Megamind), Chaz (The Wedding Crashers), Buddy (Elf)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: 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), The Other Guys (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Adam McKay, Phil Lord, Chris Pratt, Christopher Miller, Chris Henchy|
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 millionĖ$200 million into each film and hoping for a $500 million-plus global hit. Thatís made doubly-difficult when youíre operating as a standalone entity and canít 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 Pandaís $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.
|12/31/2016||Russ & Roger||Russ Meyer||$0||$0||$0|
|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||$118,245,842||$27,000,000||$145,245,842|
|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||$58,336,565||$12,412,485||$70,749,050|
|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||$52,580,895||$3,000,000||$55,580,895|
|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||$205,957,794||$104,292,551||$310,250,345|
|10/2/1998||A Night at the Roxbury||Steve Butabi||$30,324,946||$0||$30,324,946|
|5/2/1997||Austin Powers: International Man of M…||Mustafa||$53,868,030||$13,800,000||$67,668,030|
|12/31/2015||Untitled Adam McKay Seth Rogen …||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|9/11/2015||Sleeping with Other People||Producer||$814,775||$1,484,693||$2,299,468|
|5/1/2015||Welcome to Me||Producer||$625,727||$0||$625,727|
|12/18/2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Producer,|
|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|
|7/25/2008||Step Brothers||Executive Producer,|
|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||$30,324,946||$0||$30,324,946|