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Ron Howard

Ron Howard
By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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

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Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting2$261,045,703$133,839,512$394,885,215
In Technical RolesDirector25$1,850,295,077$1,876,927,486$3,727,222,563
Executive Producer3$3,080,671$2,654,641$5,735,312
Story Creator1$58,883,840$0$58,883,840

2016 Preview: October

October 1st, 2016

The Girl on the Train

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. More...

Weekend Estimates: Mockingjay Cruises On

December 13th, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

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. More...

Weekend Predictions: How Many will See Heart of the Sea?

December 10th, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

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. More...

2015 Preview: December

December 1st, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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. More...

2013 Preview: September

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. More...

Featured Blu-ray: Willow

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? More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
3/13/2015 Champs Himself  $0 $0 $0
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
Movies: 11Totals:$610,425,562$305,798,574$916,224,136
Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
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
10/28/2016 Inferno Director $0 $51,017,973 $51,017,973
9/16/2016 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week Director,
$2,617,519 $5,361,351 $7,978,870
12/11/2015 In the Heart of the Sea Director,
$25,020,758 $65,400,000 $90,420,758
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,
$0 $0 $0
9/20/2013 Rush Producer,
$26,947,624 $71,283,215 $98,230,839
9/16/2011 Restless Executive Producer $163,753 $2,654,641 $2,818,394
7/29/2011 Cowboys and Aliens Producer $100,240,551 $75,669,764 $175,910,315
1/14/2011 The Dilemma Producer,
$48,475,290 $22,071,575 $70,546,865
5/15/2009 Angels & Demons Director,
$133,375,846 $357,500,000 $490,875,846
12/5/2008 Frost/Nixon Director,
$18,622,031 $9,830,914 $28,452,945
10/24/2008 Changeling Producer $35,739,802 $78,065,778 $113,805,580
5/19/2006 The Da Vinci Code Director,
$217,536,138 $550,284,321 $767,820,459
2/10/2006 Curious George Producer $58,640,119 $12,412,485 $71,052,604
6/3/2005 Cinderella Man Producer,
$61,649,911 $43,371,577 $105,021,488
11/26/2003 The Missing Producer,
$26,900,336 $11,353,097 $38,253,433
12/21/2001 A Beautiful Mind Director,
$170,708,996 $146,959,062 $317,668,058
11/17/2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Director $260,044,825 $85,096,578 $345,141,403
3/26/1999 EDtv Director,
$22,508,689 $12,811,000 $35,319,689
11/8/1996 Ransom Director $136,492,681 $172,207,319 $308,700,000
6/30/1995 Apollo 13 Director $172,070,496 $162,029,504 $334,100,000
3/18/1994 The Paper Director $36,768,310 $9,600,000 $46,368,310
5/22/1992 Far and Away Story Creator,
$58,883,840 $0 $58,883,840
5/24/1991 Backdraft Director $77,868,585 $74,500,000 $152,368,585
8/2/1989 Parenthood Director $100,047,830 $26,250,000 $126,297,830
5/20/1988 Willow Director $57,269,863 $0 $57,269,863
10/23/1987 No Man's Land Executive Producer $2,877,571 $0 $2,877,571
3/14/1986 Gung Ho Director $36,611,610 $0 $36,611,610
6/21/1985 Cocoon Director $76,257,348 $0 $76,257,348
3/9/1984 Splash Director $62,599,495 $0 $62,599,495
7/30/1982 Night Shift Director $21,017,056 $0 $21,017,056
Movies: 35Totals:$2,050,718,429$2,045,730,154$4,096,448,583