|As an Actor||Cameo||1||$47,095,453||$23,842,325||$70,937,778|
|In Technical Roles||Director||10||$781,865,904||$1,007,384,909||$1,789,250,813|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 10 films, with $1,789,250,813 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #57)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Logan (Director), Logan (Screenwriter), Logan (Story Creator), The Wolverine (Director), Walk the Line (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Movie Director (Kate and Leopold), Dr. Greg (The Sweetest Thing)|
|Most productive collaborators: Cathy Konrad, Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Cameron Diaz, Patrick O'Neill|
March 1st, 2017
February was an okay month. The films that missed expectations were mostly balanced by the films that were pleasant surprises. Unfortunately, last February was amazing as Deadpool dominated the chart, so 2017 has fallen further behind 2016 and 2016’s lead is now about $100 million. It is not so bad that a good March won’t help 2017 back into the lead. Will that happen? We have some good news and some bad news. Good news: Every week there is one movie that has at least a shot at $100 million. Two of them, Logan and Beauty and the Beast, could reach $200 million or a lot more. Bad News: last March, both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned more than $300 million. That’s a really powerful one-two punch and I don’t think we can replicate that this time around. On the other hand, last March, the third best film of the month was 10 Cloverfield Lane, while there were four films that were expected to open wide that earned less than $10 million at the box office. 2017 likely won’t be as good at the top, but I also don’t think it will have as many bombs either. If Beauty and the Beast reaches the very high end of expectations, then 2017 could even close the gap with 2016 entirely. I’ll be happy getting halfway there.
July 1st, 2013
For the most part, June was a really strong month at the box office with nearly every film either matching expectations, or at least coming close enough to call it a victory. Looking forward, there are a dozen films opening wide in July, more or less. One of them, The Smurfs 2, is opening on a Wednesday, so I'm going to hold off talking about that movie till the August preview. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is opening in less than 1000 theaters, but it has a shot at reaching the top ten during its opening weekend. If we include both of them, there are twelve films, but I think it is better to stick with the ten truly wide, truly July openings. Of these, Despicable Me 2 is clearly going to be the biggest hit at the box office. It could become the second biggest hit of the year so far. It is not the only film that could be a $100 million hit. In fact, there are six films opening in July that I think have a better than 50% chance of reaching that level. There is currently only one film that I think won't at least become a midlevel hit. By comparison in 2012, there were three $100 million movies, led by The Dark Knight Rises, but the rest of the new releases struggled. There's no chance any movie opening this month will top $400 million, in fact, it is quite possible no film will get to $300 million. That said, 2013 has a lot better depth, so it might come out on top in the end.
|4/12/2002||The Sweetest Thing||Dr. Greg||$24,430,272||$38,648,484||$63,078,756|
|12/25/2001||Kate and Leopold||Movie Director||$47,095,453||$23,842,325||$70,937,778|
|6/23/2010||Knight and Day||Director||$76,423,035||$182,328,335||$258,751,370|
|9/2/2007||3:10 to Yuma||Director||$53,606,916||$17,564,909||$71,171,825|
|11/18/2005||Walk the Line||Director,|
|12/25/2001||Kate and Leopold||Screenwriter,|