|As an Actor||Supporting||2||$261,045,703||$133,839,512||$394,885,215|
|In Technical Roles||Director||25||$1,850,295,077||$1,876,927,486||$3,727,222,563|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 25 films, with $3,727,222,563 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #12)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Da Vinci Code (Director), The Da Vinci Code (Producer), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Director), Angels & Demons (Director), Angels & Demons (Producer)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Man at Governor's Ball (A Beautiful Mind), Steve Bolander (American Graffiti), Tom Colonic (Osmosis Jones), Annoying Sax Player (Night Shift), Steve Bolander (More American Graffiti)|
|Most productive collaborators: Tom Hanks, Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman, Todd Hallowell, Audrey Tautou|
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.
December 13th, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 will cruise to another victory at the box office this weekend, for the simple reason that In the Heart of the Sea is having a terrible opening. Mockingjay will be down another 40% in its fourth weekend, and will pick up a relatively modest $11.3 million, taking its domestic total to $244.5 million. That confirms it as comfortably the worst-performing film in the franchise, and even a Christmas-season boost at the box office will leave it under $300 million in total. That, however, is unimaginable riches compared to the performance of Heart of the Sea.
December 10th, 2015
There's only one wide release this week, In the Heart of the Sea, although some sources still have Legend expanding nationwide. Of course, expanding nationwide doesn't mean the same thing as expanding truly wide. Because In the Heart of the Sea doesn't have any real competition this weekend, it is widely expected to earn first place, but it isn't expected to be a smash hit. It is very unlikely it will do as well as last year's number one film, Exodus: Gods and Kings. The depth is a little better this year, but 2015 will still likely struggle to match 2014 in the year-over-year comparison.
December 1st, 2015
November ended on a positive note with a strong Thanksgiving weekend. Even so, the overall numbers were mixed with a lot of misses mixed in with a few hits. It was better than October and we will call that a victory. Meanwhile, December is potentially record-breaking. Actually, given the evidence, it is almost assuredly going to be record-breaking. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already set a record for the most money taken from ticket pre-sales and the biggest December weekend will fall. The pre-orders alone will guarantee that. On the downside, it is very likely that no film will make as much in total as The Force Awakens will make during its opening weekend. There's a chance no film makes in total as much as The Force Awakens makes during its opening day. There are a few films that have a shot at $100 million. For example, Joy should get there, if it becomes a major player during Awards Season. If not, it will at least come close. Daddy's Home, and to a lesser extent Sisters, could be surprise $100 million hits. However, like the rest of 2015, December is shaping up to be a month of a record-breaking hit and a lot of films that struggle just to get noticed. On the other hand, last December, was a lot more balanced at the top with four films earning more than $100 million, led by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There's a chance The Force Awakens earns more than all four $100 million hits from last year earned combined.
September 1st, 2013
August ended, and we should be very grateful for that. Lee Daniels' The Butler was a surprise hit, while We're the Millers did better than expected. However, most other films that were expected to be solid hits failed to live up to expectations. Fortunately, August of 2012 was even worse, so 2013 regained the lead on the year-to-year comparison during the month. Looking forward, there is exactly one film that will likely become more than a midlevel hit in September: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. That film has a chance to reach $100 million in total. Most of the rest of the new releases will be lucky if they get halfway there. Fortunately, September of 2012 was even worse. Hotel Transylvania was a surprise hit, earning nearly $150 million, and there were a few others that topped $50 million, but there were also several outright bombs. If we can avoid those types of bombs, then 2013 should continue its winning streak.
March 30th, 2013
Willow came out 25 years ago. It was a fantasy epic that cost $50 million to make and was written by George Lucas, who was coming off of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. It was directed by Ron Howard, who hadn't yet had any monster hits, but both Splash and Cocoon were very profitable and well received. This film had high expectations. It didn't live up to them. Its reviews were merely mixed and it came nowhere near becoming the $100 million hit like a lot of people thought it would. Now that 25 years have passed and the expectations are not there, does it work? Or would it have failed to find an audience even with lowered expectations?
|3/15/2013||Kokuriko-zaka Kara||Philosophy Club President||$1,000,878||$48,742,934||$49,743,812|
|12/16/2011||Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywo…||Himself||$3,050||$0||$3,050|
|12/21/2001||A Beautiful Mind||Man at Governor's Ball||$170,708,996||$146,959,062||$317,668,058|
|8/10/2001||Osmosis Jones||Tom Colonic||$13,596,911||$0||$13,596,911|
|11/17/2000||How the Grinch Stole Christmas||Townsperson||$260,044,825||$85,096,578||$345,141,403|
|7/30/1982||Night Shift||Annoying Sax Player||$21,017,056||$0||$21,017,056|
|8/3/1979||More American Graffiti||Steve Bolander||$8,100,000||$0||$8,100,000|
|1/1/1975||The Shootist||Gillom Rogers||$6,000,000||$0||$6,000,000|
|8/11/1973||American Graffiti||Steve Bolander||$115,000,000||$25,000,000||$140,000,000|
|6/19/1962||The Music Man||Winthrop Paroo||$14,953,846||$0||$14,953,846|
|12/31/2017||Tiger & Bunny||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|2/17/2017||The Dark Tower||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2016||The Emperor's Children||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|9/16/2016||The Beatles: Eight Days a Week||Director,|
|12/11/2015||In the Heart of the Sea||Director,|
|9/18/2015||Prophet's Prey||Executive Producer||$39,347||$0||$39,347|
|10/3/2014||The Good Lie||Producer||$2,722,209||$0||$2,722,209|
|7/11/2014||Made in America||Producer,|
|7/29/2011||Cowboys and Aliens||Producer||$100,240,551||$75,669,764||$175,910,315|
|5/15/2009||Angels & Demons||Director,|
|5/19/2006||The Da Vinci Code||Director,|
|12/21/2001||A Beautiful Mind||Director,|
|11/17/2000||How the Grinch Stole Christmas||Director||$260,044,825||$85,096,578||$345,141,403|
|5/22/1992||Far and Away||Story Creator,|
|10/23/1987||No Man's Land||Executive Producer||$2,877,571||$0||$2,877,571|