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James Gunn

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $1,960,410,387 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #52)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (Director), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (Screenwriter), Guardians of the Galaxy (Director), Guardians of the Galaxy (Screenwriter), Scooby-Doo (Screenwriter)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Maskless Sakaaran (Guardians of the Galaxy), Minute Man (The Specials)
Most productive collaborators: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Nicole Perlman, Vin Diesel

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  4. Technical Credits
  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting1$333,172,112$437,951,290$771,123,402
(Unclassified)1$12,996$0$12,996
In Technical RolesScreenwriter7$900,499,217$1,059,911,170$1,960,410,387
Director5$737,038,233$936,333,856$1,673,372,089
Producer1$10,166,820$577,314$10,744,134

2017 Preview: May

May 1st, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

April is over and thank god for that. The Fate of the Furious is currently the only film that was better than a midlevel hit, while Going in Style might end up being the second-biggest release of the month. On the low end, there were seven films on last month’s list that didn’t even manage to open in truly wide release (2,000 or more theaters). Fortunately, May looks a lot brighter. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 should dominate the chart and get the month off to a fast start. Furthermore, every week there’s at least one film with a reasonable chance of earning $100 million domestically. Additionally, last May wasn’t particularly strong, so that should help 2017 overall. Granted, Captain America: Civil War earned more than $400 million, so the month got off to a fast start, but films struggled the rest of the way. The second-biggest film was X-Men: Apocalypse at just $155 million, while only one other movie, The Angry Birds Movie, earned more than $100 million. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 should at least be competitive with Captain America: Civil War, allowing 2017 to win thanks to its superior depth. More...

2017 Preview: March

March 1st, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

February was an okay month. The films that missed expectations were mostly balanced by the films that were pleasant surprises. Unfortunately, last February was amazing as Deadpool dominated the chart, so 2017 has fallen further behind 2016 and 2016’s lead is now about $100 million. It is not so bad that a good March won’t help 2017 back into the lead. Will that happen? We have some good news and some bad news. Good news: Every week there is one movie that has at least a shot at $100 million. Two of them, Logan and Beauty and the Beast, could reach $200 million or a lot more. Bad News: last March, both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned more than $300 million. That’s a really powerful one-two punch and I don’t think we can replicate that this time around. On the other hand, last March, the third best film of the month was 10 Cloverfield Lane, while there were four films that were expected to open wide that earned less than $10 million at the box office. 2017 likely won’t be as good at the top, but I also don’t think it will have as many bombs either. If Beauty and the Beast reaches the very high end of expectations, then 2017 could even close the gap with 2016 entirely. I’ll be happy getting halfway there. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

December 8th, 2014

At the moment, Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest grossing film released in 2014. (Mockingjay, Part 1 still has a chance of catching it, depending on how well it does over Christmas). It is also one the the best-reviewed wide releases of 2014. As a fan of Marvel Comics in general and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in particular, I had very high hopes for this film. Was the buzz warranted? Or was this a case of too much hype? More...

2014 Preview: August

August 1st, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy poster

July was... well... let's just pretend it didn't happen. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did well, but week after week 2014 fell further behind 2013 in the year-to-date comparison. At the moment, we are roughly $400 million behind last year's pace and while I don't think August will continue the losing streak, there's really no chance August will put a dent in that number. It looks more and more likely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a hit, especially given its early reviews, but it could be the last $100 million hit till October, if the bad buzz surrounding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turns into bad ticket sales. Last August there were two films that reached $100 million, plus two others that came close. This August might match that, while the biggest film this year should top the biggest film from last year. I think the slump 2014 is suffering through will end the first weekend and overall I think it will cut the deficit a little bit. That said, summer 2014 will still end as one of the worst recent summers at the box office. More...

Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
8/1/2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Maskless Sakaaran  $333,172,112 $437,951,290 $771,123,402
9/22/2000 The Specials Minute Man  $12,996 $0 $12,996
Movies: 2Totals:$333,185,108$437,951,290$771,136,398
  Averages:$166,592,554$218,975,645$385,568,199
Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
5/5/2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Director,
Screenwriter 
$386,895,502 $470,664,162 $857,559,664
3/17/2017 The Belko Experiment Screenwriter,
Producer 
$10,166,820 $577,314 $10,744,134
8/1/2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Screenwriter,
Director 
$333,172,112 $437,951,290 $771,123,402
1/25/2013 Movie 43 Screenwriter,
Director 
$8,840,453 $22,324,294 $31,164,747
4/1/2011 Super Director,
Screenwriter 
$327,716 $266,217 $593,933
3/31/2006 Slither Director,
Screenwriter 
$7,802,450 $5,127,893 $12,930,343
6/14/2002 Scooby-Doo Screenwriter $153,294,164 $123,000,000 $276,294,164
Movies: 7Totals:$900,499,217$1,059,911,170$1,960,410,387
  Averages:$128,642,745$151,415,881$280,058,627