|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 4 films, with $1,434,520,373 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #84)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Shrek 2 (Director), Gnomeo and Juliet (Director), Gnomeo and Juliet (Story Creator), Gnomeo and Juliet (Screenwriter), Smurfs: The Lost Village (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Red Goon Gnomes (Gnomeo and Juliet), Nosey Smurf (Smurfs: The Lost Village)|
|Most productive collaborators: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Baker Bloodworth, Ashley Jensen, Steve Hamilton Shaw|
July 9th, 2017
Smurfs: The Lost Village is the third theatrical release in the franchise, but it is a reboot dropping the live action elements the first two films had. Unfortunately, it had the worst box office performance in the franchise and even though it did better internationally, there likely won’t be another film in the franchise for quite a while. Is this unfortunate news? Did the franchise finally find its footing? Or was it clear it was never going to get better?
April 1st, 2017
March was a month of extremes, led by two strong performances: Beauty and the Beast breaking records and Logan cracking $200 million with ease. There were also two other $100 million hits and another potential $100 million hit that we don’t have significant box office numbers for yet. This is fantastic. On the opposite end, there were three films on last month’s list that didn’t even open truly wide. This month won’t be as lucrative at the top, as The Fate of the Furious is the only film expected to top $100 million. Fortunately, it is expected to open with over $100 million. On the other extreme, there are many, many films on this list that I’m not sure will open wide. Fortunately, last April wasn’t any better. The Jungle Book made nearly $1 billion worldwide, but the other nine films combined made less than half of that. To emphasize: the other nine films that opened last April averaged less than $50 million worldwide each. If The Fate of the Furious can just come close to the previous installment of the franchise, then 2017 has a solid shot at topping 2016.
May 12th, 2014
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron was an early film from DreamWorks Animation. It cost $80 million to make, and likely another $30 million to $40 million to advertise. However, worldwide it barely matched its combined production budget. On the other hand, it earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature film. (Granted, it was a soft year for animated films and only three films earning a Tomatometer Score of 80% positive or better: Spirited Away, Lilo and Stitch, and The Wild Thornberrys. The last one didn't even pick up an Oscar nomination.) It has been more than a decade since so maybe it has gotten better with time. Is that the case? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up?
|4/7/2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Nosey Smurf||$45,011,202||$152,247,752||$197,258,954|
|2/11/2011||Gnomeo and Juliet||Red Goon Gnomes||$99,967,670||$93,770,307||$193,737,977|
|4/7/2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Director||$45,011,202||$152,247,752||$197,258,954|
|2/11/2011||Gnomeo and Juliet||Director,|
|5/24/2002||Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron||Director||$73,215,310||$33,300,000||$106,515,310|