|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 18 films, with $915,390,759 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #161)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Safe Haven (Director), Dear John (Director), A Dog’s Purpose (Director), The Hundred-Foot Journey (Director), Chocolat (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Josh Duhamel, Channing Tatum, Nicholas Sparks, Helen Mirren, Julianne Hough|
January 2nd, 2017
January 1st, 2017
December box office numbers helped 2016 end on ... a note. The good news and the bad news almost exactly balance out. On the one hand, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will finish the year with more than $400 million after just 16 days of release. That’s a stunning amount of money that helped 2016 earn a record box office at the domestic market. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $650 million during December of 2015, so the month lost a lot of its lead over 2015, so much so that ticket sales fell behind last year’s total. The weakness at the end of the year will spill over into 2017, which is terrible news. A slow start could result in the dominant box office story being 2017 struggles compared to 2016. Bad news like this can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sadly, 2017 is also going to get off to a slow start when it comes to wide releases / expansions. There are 16 films scheduled to open or expand wide this month and none of them are expected to get to $100 million. It is likely none of them will even get very close. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is expected to be the best of a weak bunch, but I could see it getting beat by one of the five Oscar contenders opening wide this month, if it gets off to a slow start and one of the Oscar contenders starts picking up steam. Hidden Figures got off to a great start on Christmas Day and should it continue to earn Awards Season recognition, including some Oscar nominations, it could be in wide release well into February. Last January wasn’t as busy with 13 films opening or expanding wide over five weeks. Of these, two of them, The Revenant and Kung Fu Panda 3, topped $100 million domestically, while another, Ride Along 2, came close. 2017 is going to get destroyed in the year-over-year comparison.
August 1st, 2014
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.
February 1st, 2013
For the most part, January was a really good month and 2013 got off to a really good start. I'm not so sure about February, on the other hand. There's only one film that has a statistically significant shot at $100 million, A Good Day to Die Hard, but I'm a little concerned that it won't live up to expectations. The franchise has been around a long time and it is possible that the target audience has either moved on or are too young to remember when these films were huge at the box office. The film I'm most looking forward to seeing is Warm Bodies, which is earning amazing early reviews (the keyword there is "early"), but it is too high-concept to be a major hit. Last February, there were a couple of films that topped $100 million, plus a few other midlevel hits. I would like to think that would also be the case this year, but I have to be more cautious than that. The evidence points to a weak month ahead, for the most part.
|1/17/2012||Safe Haven Live Cinema Fan Event||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|1/27/2017||A Dog’s Purpose||Director||$52,587,695||$14,699,987||$67,287,682|
|8/8/2014||The Hundred-Foot Journey||Director||$54,235,441||$40,035,047||$94,270,488|
|3/9/2012||Salmon Fishing in the Yemen||Director||$9,041,540||$23,967,116||$33,008,656|
|3/9/2010||Hachiko: A Dog's Story||Director||$0||$47,707,417||$47,707,417|
|9/9/2005||An Unfinished Life||Director||$8,535,575||$10,000,000||$18,535,575|
|12/25/2001||The Shipping News||Director||$11,405,825||$13,000,000||$24,405,825|
|12/10/1999||The Cider House Rules||Director||$57,547,209||$31,000,000||$88,547,209|
|8/4/1995||Something to Talk About||Director||$50,865,589||$26,441,637||$77,307,226|
|12/25/1993||What's Eating Gilbert Grape||Executive Producer,|
|5/1/1987||Mitt liv som hund||Director||$8,345,266||$0||$8,345,266|