|As an Actor||Leading||9||$907,119,049||$1,084,030,298||$1,991,149,347|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$154,540,670||$310,674,496||$465,215,166|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||1||$86,907,746||$18,000,000||$104,907,746|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 9 films, with $1,991,149,347 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #98)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Alan (The Hangover Part II), Alan (The Hangover), Joker (The Lego Batman Movie), Humpty Dumpty (Puss in Boots), Alan (The Hangover 3)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Campaign (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, Dan Goldberg, Ed Helms, Will Ferrell|
February 1st, 2017
January turned out to be a good month. Granted, it didn’t live up to last January, but its box office was one of the top five Januarys of all time, so that’s still a good start to the year. Also, we will have our first $100 million movie released in 2017 and that doesn’t happen this early very often. As for February, there’s potentially the first $200 million hit of the year, The Lego Batman Movie. Fifty Shades Darker and The Great Wall both have a shot at $100 million. That said, it is more likely that both will miss that milestone than both will get there. As for the rest of the films, there are a few that are aiming for solid midlevel hits, like John Wick: Chapter Two and Get Out, while there are very few potential bombs. By comparison, last February there was one monster hit, Deadpool, and a lot of bombs. No other movie besides Deadpool made $50 million. No movie opening this month will match Deadpool, but we won’t have as many bombs either, so hopefully that will balance out and 2017 won’t fall further behind 2016.
October 20th, 2016
It is a busy week as far as wide releases are concerned, although not as busy as we thought it would be at the beginning of the month, as I’m Not Ashamed has dropped to “select cities”. It still has a shot at the top ten, but a slim shot. The biggest release of the week is Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, as it is opening in an estimated 3,800 theaters. However, the buzz is weak and its reviews won’t help either. It will likely struggle to top $20 million. This gives Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween a shot at first place. The best new release of the week is Ouija: Origin of Evil. One would hope a horror film earning 80% positive reviews ten days before Halloween would at least have a shot at first place. We’ll see. Finally there’s Keeping Up with the Joneses. It’s bad and that’s all I need to say about that. There is good news. This weekend last year was a disaster. The biggest wide release was The Last Witch Hunter and it earned less than $11 million. The biggest film was The Martian, which earned under $16 million. We could have two films top $20 million, so 2016 should end the slump it has been in.
October 1st, 2016
September is over and we should all be glad about that. Unless the final weekend brings a surprise $100 million hit or two, 2016’s lead over 2015 will shrink over the month. There were some bright spots, most notably Sully, which will be the biggest hit of the month. On the other hand, we had more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Sadly, October isn’t much better. There are a couple of films that could be $100 million hits, but most of the films will struggle to become midlevel hits. Both Inferno and The Girl on the Train are aiming for $100 million. One of them might get there too. If both get there, then October will be seen as a success. By comparison, last October was led by The Martian; however, because of a misalignment in the calendar, The Martian’s opening weekend actually lines up with the final weekend in September. It had great legs, so that will help 2015 early in the month, but the rest of the month was terrible last year and I think 2016 will come out ahead as a result.
September 2nd, 2016
A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.
September 1st, 2016
August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top.
May 13th, 2016
It's a relatively good week for limited releases with several that are earning excellent reviews. Of these, The Lobster is the one I think will do the best at the box office. Kill Zone 2, Love & Friendship, and some others are also earning excellent reviews, but are playing in VOD.
March 1st, 2015
Birdman was the big winner at the Oscars this year. It won four times, sharing top spot with The Grand Budapest Hotel; however, it won more prestigious awards, including Best Picture. Did it deserve to win? Or was it carried by hype?
May 1st, 2013
As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison.
|2/10/2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Joker||$175,750,384||$135,190,613||$310,940,997|
|10/21/2016||Keeping Up with the Joneses||Jeff Gaffney||$14,904,426||$13,900,000||$28,804,426|
|10/17/2014||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of …||Jake||$42,340,598||$60,874,496||$103,215,094|
|8/22/2014||Are You Here||Ben Baker||$0||$938,942||$938,942|
|3/21/2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Hobo Joe||$51,178,893||$28,133,408||$79,312,301|
|5/23/2013||The Hangover 3||Alan||$112,200,072||$249,800,000||$362,000,072|
|3/18/2013||Cheech and Chong's Animated Movie||$0||$0||$0|
|2/15/2013||The Bitter Buddha||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|8/10/2012||The Campaign||Marty Huggins||$86,907,746||$18,000,000||$104,907,746|
|10/28/2011||Puss in Boots||Humpty Dumpty||$149,260,504||$405,726,973||$554,987,477|
|5/26/2011||The Hangover Part II||Alan||$254,464,305||$332,000,000||$586,464,305|
|11/5/2010||Due Date||Ethan Tremblay||$100,539,043||$111,200,000||$211,739,043|
|10/8/2010||It's Kind of a Funny Story||Bobby||$6,363,628||$269,322||$6,632,950|
|7/30/2010||Dinner for Schmucks||Therman||$73,026,337||$13,770,165||$86,796,502|
|1/8/2010||Youth in Revolt||$15,285,588||$4,400,000||$19,685,588|
|12/4/2009||Up in the Air||Steve||$83,823,381||$83,019,358||$166,842,739|
|5/9/2008||What Happens in Vegas...||Dave the Bear||$80,277,646||$138,258,062||$218,535,708|
|9/21/2007||Into the Wild||Kevin||$18,354,356||$38,468,604||$56,822,960|