|As an Actor||Leading||34||$3,019,516,461||$4,118,569,719||$7,138,086,180|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$273,614,163||$507,828,646||$781,442,809|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||10||$1,226,129,572||$2,451,147,795||$3,677,277,367|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 34 films, with $7,138,086,180 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #7)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol), Ray Ferier (War of the Worlds), Famous Austin Powers (Austin Powers in Goldmember), Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible 2)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Producer), Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (Producer), Mission: Impossible 2 (Producer), Mission: Impossible III (Producer), Jack Reacher (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Christopher McQuarrie, Steven Spielberg, Paula Wagner, Doug Liman, Joseph Kosinski|
|Born: July 3rd, 1962 (54 years old)|
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.
July 31st, 2016
When it comes to “star power” in Hollywood, I’ve been a skeptic ever since we launched our Bankability Index, and started looking at the real influence a single actor has on the performance of a film. With some notable exceptions (Tom Cruise and Sandra Bullock chief among them these days), actors generally don’t move the box office dial much when they appear in a generic film. But this weekend’s opening of Jason Bourne shows what the combination of the right actor in the right role can do. In spite of virtually identical reviews to 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, the new film, a franchise un-re-boot if you will, starring Matt Damon in the role he made iconic, will post a very solid $60 million this weekend. To be fair, that’s a bit behind the inflation-adjusted openings of The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremacy, but it’s far better than the $38 million earned by Legacy when it debuted.
July 22nd, 2016
July 1st, 2015
June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out.
January 25th, 2015
After smashing the January weekend record last weekend, American Sniper is enjoying a very solid second-weekend hold. So solid, in fact, that it will also have the third-best January weekend. If it drops less than 35% next weekend, it will share with Avatar the records for the top six January weekends, each movie having topped $42 million three times. Sniper’s expected weekend this time around is $64.365m, according to Warner Bros. Sunday morning projection.
November 26th, 2014
This Thursday is Thanksgiving, which means this is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and a ton of shopping. It also means the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next month, we will talk about TV on DVD releases, independent releases, foreign language releases, classics, etc. but this week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. In some ways, this is better than last year, as there were a wider number of big releases that would make great gifts. However, in other ways it is much weaker. I can't think of a single big franchise box set that came out this year. There are some smaller ones, like the Halloween Box Set, but while the franchise has lasted ten installments and 30 years, how many can you really say are worth repeated viewing? Fortunately, there were plenty of great films to come out this year, starting with what is currently the biggest hit of the year.
June 5th, 2014
This weekend, there are two wide releases coming out, one of which is the obvious potential monster hit and the other being the obvious counter-programing. On paper, Edge of Tomorrow is the obvious potential monster hit. It is a Sci-fi action film with a production budget that is nearly $200 million. The Fault in Our Stars is the obvious counter-programing. It is about two teen cancer patients who fall in love, which couldn't be farther away from a popcorn flick. However, the buzz really suggests The Fault in Our Stars could win. In fact, it could break the record for biggest opening for a romantic drama. This weekend last year, The Purge won with $34.06 million, while no other film earned more than $20 million. This year, three films might top $30 million and the winner could pull in more than $40 million. I think 2014 will win this weekend in the year-over-year competition.
June 1st, 2014
It is too soon to tell how May will end, as this story will be published before the weekend estimates came out. (Maleficent had an excellent start on Friday, unlike A Million Ways to Die in the West.) Overall, it was a good month with at least three movies that are on track to hit $200 million, but there was no really big winner for the month. It was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, last May there was a monster hit, Iron Man 3, and 2014 could not compete with that, so it lost ground to 2013. June hopes to turn things around and there are some reasons to be optimistic. All four weeks there is at least one film opening that at least has a shot at $100 million. There are even two films that at least have a shot at $300 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should win the monthly box office race while How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a long shot to win, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if it did. Additionally, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, and Think Like a Man 2 are all contenders for the century club. Not all of them will get to that milestone, but all of them at least have a short. Last June, there were three films that reached $200 million, including Man of Steel, which nearly reached $300 million. It looks like June of 2014 will be about as strong as June of 2013, more or less. If all films reach their potential, it could win the year-over-year comparison. Unless there are some shocking bombs, it shouldn't struggle so much that 2014 loses its lead over 2013 entirely.
August 5th, 2013
Oblivion was a spring release, which isn't a great time to release a film, but it is far from a terrible time either. It opened in first place at the box office, but quickly faded away after that. It is hard to get excited by its box office numbers, but it wasn't a real bomb either. It will need help on the home market to recoup its $120 million production budget. Does it deserve to be seen by more on the home market? And is the DVD and / or Blu-ray worth picking up?
May 7th, 2013
While there are a lot of new releases listed on Amazon.com, it isn't long before you run into filler. Worse still, the top two selling movies, Jack Reacher and Save Haven, are just mediocre movies. The Great Escape is coming out on Blu-ray this week, which would normally be a reason to celebrate. However, a lot of reviewers are complaining about the poor video quality. The film needed, and deserves, a full restoration, but that didn't happen. We need to look further down the list to find a Pick of the Week contender, and we find one in 30 Rock: Season Seven.
May 5th, 2013
During the holiday season of 2011, Tom Cruise starred in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. I thought it was arguably the best action movie of the year and it became the stars biggest hit globally and his best domestic hit in a decade (not counting a cameo in Goldmember). A year later, Jack Reacher opened with barely a fraction of the buzz. I was one of the most Bullish analysts and I was only predicting $75 million. The film did pull in $80 million domestically, which is better than expected, but nothing compared to MI:IV. Is it really that much weaker? Or did it struggle in comparison, because it wasn't part of a popular franchise.
April 22nd, 2013
The overall box office was in line with expectations, more or less, which is unfortunately bad news, as expectations were low. Oblivion easily won the weekend, but the overall box office still fell 5.7% from last weekend to $110 million. Worse still, this is 19% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2013 has pulled in $2.77 billion, which is 11% lower than 2012's pace. 2013 is already $350 million behind 2012 and even with Iron Man 3 looming large, I don't see how 2013 is going to turn things around any time soon.
April 18th, 2013
It is no secret that 2013 has been a bad year at the box office so far. There's only one film debuting wide this week, Oblivion, which should benefit from the lack of competition this weekend. (Although we are already seeing plenty of hype for Iron Man 3, which could hurt this film's chance at the box office.) There are also several films opening in more than 100 theaters: Filly Brown, Home Run, and The Lords of Salem. There's a chance one of them will be a better than expected hit and reach the top ten; it's a slim chance, but a chance. Finally, The Place Beyond the Pines is expanding to an additional 1,000 theaters and should climb higher in the top ten. Last year, there were three wide releases led by Think Like a Man. That film was a bigger than expected hit, but hopefully Oblivion will have an even better start, but not everyone is positive it will.
April 1st, 2013
March is over and while it is a little too soon to tell where a few films will end their box office runs, it is clear Oz The Great and Powerful won the month. Some films beat expectations to become midlevel hits, like The Call, but it wasn't a great month at the box office, especially compared to last year. This month, there are only seven wide releases spread over four weeks. Only one of those films, Oblivion, has a shot at being anything more than a midlevel hit. None of the other six releases look like they will come close to $100 million, but none of them look like obvious bombs either. (Although I do have my worries when it comes to Scary Movie 5.) Last April was even weaker with no film earning $100 million, although Think Like a Man did come relatively close. We might actually see growth on the year-over-year comparison. We'd better, because 2013 is behind 2012's pace by a huge margin at the moment and things will get worse when May arrives.
December 1st, 2012
November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month.
|12/31/2018||M:I6 — Mission Impossible||Ethan Hunt||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2017||Bob the Musical||Bob||$0||$0||$0|
|9/29/2017||American Made||Barry Seal||$0||$0||$0|
|10/21/2016||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||Jack Reacher||$0||$0||$0|
|7/31/2015||Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation||Ethan Hunt||$195,042,377||$505,825,986||$700,868,363|
|6/6/2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Lt. Col. Bill Cage||$100,206,256||$264,200,000||$364,406,256|
|12/21/2012||Jack Reacher||Jack Reacher||$80,070,736||$137,300,000||$217,370,736|
|6/15/2012||Rock of Ages||Stacie Jaxx||$38,518,613||$22,513,319||$61,031,932|
|12/16/2011||Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol||Ethan Hunt||$209,397,903||$485,315,327||$694,713,230|
|6/23/2010||Knight and Day||Roy Miller||$76,423,035||$182,328,335||$258,751,370|
|12/25/2008||Valkyrie||Col. Claus von Stauffenberg||$83,077,762||$120,824,345||$203,902,107|
|8/13/2008||Tropic Thunder||Lee Grossman||$110,461,307||$80,629,943||$191,091,250|
|11/9/2007||Lions for Lambs||Senator Jasper Irving||$14,998,070||$48,213,018||$63,211,088|
|5/5/2006||Mission: Impossible III||Ethan Hunt||$133,501,348||$264,000,000||$397,501,348|
|6/29/2005||War of the Worlds||Ray Ferier||$234,280,354||$372,556,181||$606,836,535|
|12/5/2003||The Last Samurai||Capt. Nathan Algren||$111,110,575||$345,700,000||$456,810,575|
|7/25/2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Famous Austin Powers||$213,117,789||$79,620,837||$292,738,626|
|6/21/2002||Minority Report||Officer John Anderton||$132,024,714||$226,800,000||$358,824,714|
|12/14/2001||Vanilla Sky||David Ames||$100,614,858||$102,111,747||$202,726,605|
|5/24/2000||Mission: Impossible 2||Ethan Hunt||$215,409,889||$334,178,627||$549,588,516|
|12/17/1999||Magnolia||Frank T.J. Mackey||$22,450,975||$25,995,827||$48,446,802|
|7/16/1999||Eyes Wide Shut||Dr. William Harford||$55,691,208||$48,576,235||$104,267,443|
|12/13/1996||Jerry Maguire||Jerry Maguire||$153,952,592||$120,047,408||$274,000,000|
|5/21/1996||Mission: Impossible||Ethan Hunt||$180,981,886||$276,716,108||$457,697,994|
|11/11/1994||Interview with the Vampire: The Vampi…||Lestat||$105,264,608||$118,300,000||$223,564,608|
|6/30/1993||The Firm||Mitch McDeere||$158,340,892||$112,000,000||$270,340,892|
|12/11/1992||A Few Good Men||Lt. Daniel Kaffee||$141,340,178||$95,159,822||$236,500,000|
|5/22/1992||Far and Away||Joseph Donnelly||$58,883,840||$0||$58,883,840|
|6/27/1990||Days of Thunder||Cole Trickle||$82,670,733||$75,000,000||$157,670,733|
|12/20/1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Ron Kovic||$70,001,698||$0||$70,001,698|
|12/16/1988||Rain Man||Charlie Babbitt||$172,825,435||$239,974,565||$412,800,000|
|10/17/1986||The Color of Money||Vincent||$52,293,000||$0||$52,293,000|
|10/21/1983||All the Right Moves||Stef||$17,200,000||$0||$17,200,000|
|8/5/1983||Risky Business||Joel Goodson||$63,541,777||$0||$63,541,777|
|3/25/1983||The Outsiders||Steve Randle||$25,697,647||$0||$25,697,647|
|12/31/2018||M:I6 — Mission Impossible||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|10/21/2016||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|7/31/2015||Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation||Producer||$195,042,377||$505,825,986||$700,868,363|
|12/16/2011||Mission: Impossible—Ghost Pro…||Producer||$209,397,903||$485,315,327||$694,713,230|
|5/5/2006||Mission: Impossible III||Producer||$133,501,348||$264,000,000||$397,501,348|
|12/5/2003||The Last Samurai||Producer||$111,110,575||$345,700,000||$456,810,575|
|8/10/2001||The Others||Executive Producer||$96,522,687||$111,242,369||$207,765,056|
|5/24/2000||Mission: Impossible 2||Producer||$215,409,889||$334,178,627||$549,588,516|
|6/27/1990||Days of Thunder||Story Creator||$82,670,733||$75,000,000||$157,670,733|