|As an Actor||Supporting||8||$498,974,428||$265,778,863||$764,753,291|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$281,131,138||$29,510,471||$310,641,609|
|Best known as a Supporting Actress based on credits in that role in 8 films, with $764,753,291 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #3,537)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Ryan (Girls Trip), Candace (Think Like a Man), Brenda (Scary Movie), Candace (The Best Man Holiday), Candace (Think Like a Man Too)|
|Most productive collaborators: Michael Ealy, Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Will Packer, Tim Story|
July 1st, 2017
I hate it when the first of the month lands on a Saturday. By the time this story goes live, we will still have almost no box office data for Despicable Me 3, so we won’t know if June ended on a positive note. Fortunately, Wonder Woman beat expectations and might end up as the biggest hit of the summer, at least for a little while. July begins with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which should make at least $300 million and is the last film being released this summer that has a shot at being a $400 million hit domestically. It is very likely that nothing else this month will come within $100 million of that movie, so that could help its legs. There are a few potential $100 million hits, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and a couple of other long shots. Last July had a similar feel with The Secret Life of Pets topping the list with well over $300 million, while there were five other $100 million hits. This July would have to beat expectations substantially to match this performance. I’m not confident 2017 will be able to maintain its pace at the box office. I’m worried at least one big film will struggled and 2017 will end the month behind 2016’s pace.
June 15th, 2017
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.
April 1st, 2016
March was a really good month, for the most part. There were a few bombs, but the two biggest films, Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both beat expectations by significant margins, so overall the box office was better than expected. Unfortunately, April is a mess, which makes prognosticating really tough. Every single week has at least one film that either moved, switched from wide to limited release, or disappeared entirely. The Jungle Book appears to be the biggest film of the year, but The Huntsman: Winter's War could also be a $100 million hit. Sadly, last April was led by Furious 7, which earned more than $350 million at the box office. That's very likely more than both The Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter's War will make combined. Worse still, there were only four weekends in April last year, meaning the month ends by going head-to-head with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the month ends, 2016's lead over 2015 might be gone. Let's hope it is not that bad.
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.
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.
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
|12/31/2017||The Hate U Give||Lisa||$0||$0||$0|
|9/9/2016||When the Bough Breaks||Laura Taylor||$29,747,603||$881,904||$30,629,507|
|4/15/2016||Barbershop: The Next Cut||Angie||$54,030,051||$374,151||$54,404,202|
|8/14/2015||People, Places, Things||Diane||$30,768||$184,613||$215,381|
|6/2/2015||With This Ring||$0||$0||$0|
|6/20/2014||Think Like a Man Too||Candace||$65,028,687||$4,999,246||$70,027,933|
|2/14/2014||About Last Night||Joan||$48,637,684||$1,808,176||$50,445,860|
|11/15/2013||The Best Man Holiday||Candace||$70,525,195||$2,310,515||$72,835,710|
|4/20/2012||Think Like a Man||Candace||$91,547,205||$21,826,559||$113,373,764|
|9/23/2011||Mardi Gras: Spring Break||$0||$0||$0|
|10/16/2009||Law Abiding Citizen||Kelly Rice||$73,357,727||$57,802,054||$131,159,781|
|3/28/2008||Superhero Movie||Mrs. Xavier||$26,638,520||$46,387,782||$73,026,302|
|4/14/2006||Scary Movie 4||Brenda Meeks||$90,710,620||$88,000,000||$178,710,620|
|6/10/2005||The Honeymooners||Trixie Norton||$12,834,849||$339,577||$13,174,426|
|4/22/2005||King's Ransom||Peaches Clarke||$4,008,527||$41,000||$4,049,527|
|10/24/2003||Scary Movie 3||Brenda Meeks||$110,000,082||$45,199,918||$155,200,000|
|4/18/2003||Malibu's Most Wanted||Shondra||$34,308,901||$190,303||$34,499,204|
|10/25/2002||Paid in Full||Keisha||$3,042,188||$32,864||$3,075,052|
|7/4/2001||Scary Movie 2||Brenda Meeks||$71,277,420||$69,911,681||$141,189,101|
|4/21/2000||Love and Basketball||Lena Wright||$27,441,122||$268,503||$27,709,625|
|10/22/1999||The Best Man||Candy||$34,102,780||$470,000||$34,572,780|