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Adam McKay

Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 16 films, with $1,205,017,402 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #179)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Ant-Man (Screenwriter), Daddy’s Home (Producer), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Director), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Screenwriter), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Character Creator)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Terry Cheveaux (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), Custodian (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), Dirty Mike (The Other Guys)
Most productive collaborators: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Peyton Reed, Evangeline Lilly, Edgar Wright

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  3. Acting Credits
  4. Technical Credits
  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting1$119,219,978$51,716,492$170,936,470
Cameo1$84,136,909$5,339,356$89,476,265
(Unclassified)1$148,213,377$14,657,148$162,870,525
In Technical RolesProducer16$786,190,385$418,827,017$1,205,017,402
Director7$649,651,634$205,746,043$855,397,677
Screenwriter7$829,853,797$544,146,043$1,373,999,840
Executive Producer6$216,471,591$190,493,314$406,964,905
Story Creator2$177,319,199$34,100,000$211,419,199
Character Creator1$127,352,707$44,833,047$172,185,754

2015 Awards Season: Oscar Winners... And the Oscar Goes to Spotlight for Best Picture

February 28th, 2016

Spotlight

It’s Oscar day and, if all goes to plan, I will be live-blogging the ceremony tonight. Here is the list of nominees marked according to predictions from our readers, and my personal wishes. Nominees in Bold are the ones predicted to win by our readers (we’ll have a full rundown of the predictions at noon, after the contest ends). If I am predicting a different film, those are in Italics. Meanwhile, the nominees I want to win, but don’t think will win, are Underlined. There are a few categories where the film I really think deserves the award was not even nominated, plus a few I don’t have a real opinion on.

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2015 Awards Season: Oscar Preview

February 28th, 2016

The Revenant

It’s Oscar day and, if all goes to plan, I will be live-blogging the ceremony tonight. Here is the list of nominees marked according to predictions from our readers, and my personal wishes. Nominees in Bold are the ones predicted to win by our readers (we’ll have a full rundown of the predictions at noon, after the contest ends). If I am predicting a different film, those are in Italics. Meanwhile, the nominees I want to win, but don’t think will win, are Underlined. There are a few categories where the film I really think deserves the award was not even nominated, plus a few I don’t have a real opinion on.

If you haven’t done so already, it’s not too late to enter our Oscar competition, and win all Best Picture nominees on Blu-ray or DVD. More...

2015 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Director

February 27th, 2016

The Revenant

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest reaching its conclusion tomorrow at noon, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Best Director is one of the last categories we will look at, and it is one of the least competitive. More...

2015 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Adapted Screenplay

February 20th, 2016

The Big Short

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. The Best Adapted Screenplay category is about as competitive as the Best Original Screenplay, which is to say it isn't competitive at all. More...

2015 - Awards Season: BAFTA - Winners - Revenant and Mad Max Lead the Way

February 15th, 2016

The Revenant

The BAFTA awards were handed out over the weekend. There were two main winners, The Revenant, which won most of its five awards in the high-prestige categories, and Mad Max: Fury Road, which earn all four of its awards in technical categories. It appears the Oscars will be very similar in that breakdown. More...

2015 - Awards Season: WGA - Winners - Spotlight Shines on Potential Oscar Winners

February 15th, 2016

Spotlight

The Writers Guild of America awards were handed out over the weekend. Frankly, there wasn't a single surprise in any of the three theatrical categories, so there's not much to talk about. More...

2015 Awards Season: Oscars - Nominations

January 15th, 2016

The Revenant

The Oscar nominations were announced at 5:30 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, this was a terrible year for snubs, especially when it comes to diversity of the nominees. The voters for the Oscars are 94% white and 77% male... but that's still more diverse than the list of nominees. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations and it is expected to win a few of those, while it is a serious contender in most of the categories it was nominated in. More...

2015 - Awards Season: DGA - Nominations

January 14th, 2016

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Directors Guild of America spread out the nominations, which I always felt hurt the buzz. There are ten categories of awards, but only three of which pertain to theatrical releases. There are very few surprises across these three categories, so the Oscar nominations today shouldn't be full of surprises either. More...

2015 - Awards Season: BAFTA - Nominations

January 9th, 2016

Bridge of Spies

The BAFTA nominations were announced and you can read them on their site... in alphabetical order. Alphabetical order is very useful in most circumstances, but not here. On the other hand, the nominees within each category are not presented in alphabetical order. ... Are the BAFTAs trolling us? As for the actual nominees, the big winners here are Bridge of Spies and Carol, both of which earned nine nominations. For Carol, this is just another impressive score, but this was a pleasant surprise for Bridge of Spies. More...

2015 - Awards Season: WGA - Nominations

January 6th, 2016

Spotlight

The Writers Guild of America nominees were announced and there are only a few surprises here. Additionally, one of these three races seems too close to call at this point. 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...

2015 Preview: July

July 1st, 2015

Minions

June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Anchorman: The Legend Continues

March 30th, 2014

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came out in theaters nearly a decade ago. It earned good reviews and did well at the box office managing nearly $90 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. However, it became a classic on the home market and many think it is among Will Ferrell's best movies. Rumors of a sequel persisted for quite a while before Anchorman: The Legend Continues finally came out. It earned better reviews and nearly doubled the first film's numbers at the worldwide box office. Is this because the quality is also better? Or did it unduly benefit from nearly ten years of demand? More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Unrated Rich Mahogany Edition)

December 3rd, 2013

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is nine years old this year, which makes it an odd time to release a special edition Blu-ray. At least it would be an odd time if Anchorman: The Legend Continues wasn't hitting theaters in a couple of weeks. Is the movie as good as most people remember it? And is the Unrated Rich Mahogany Edition worth the upgrade from the previous edition? More...

2013 Preview: December

December 1st, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster

We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012. More...

Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
8/6/2010 The Other Guys Dirty Mike  $119,219,978 $51,716,492 $170,936,470
8/4/2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky… Terry Cheveaux  $148,213,377 $14,657,148 $162,870,525
7/9/2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Custodian  $84,136,909 $5,339,356 $89,476,265
Movies: 3Totals:$351,570,264$71,712,996$423,283,260
  Averages:$117,190,088$23,904,332$141,094,420
Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
6/30/2017 The House Producer $0 $0 $0
4/8/2016 The Boss Producer $63,077,560 $14,897,649 $77,975,209
3/11/2016 The Brothers Grimsby Executive Producer $6,864,016 $21,884,368 $28,748,384
12/31/2015 Henchmen Executive Producer $0 $0 $0
12/31/2015 Untitled Adam McKay Seth Rogen … Director,
Producer 
$0 $0 $0
12/25/2015 Daddy’s Home Producer $150,357,137 $88,400,000 $238,757,137
12/11/2015 The Big Short Director,
Screenwriter 
$70,259,870 $61,200,000 $131,459,870
9/11/2015 Sleeping with Other People Producer $814,775 $1,533,185 $2,347,960
7/17/2015 Ant-Man Screenwriter $180,202,163 $338,400,000 $518,602,163
5/1/2015 Welcome to Me Producer $625,727 $4,159 $629,886
3/27/2015 Get Hard Story Creator,
Producer 
$90,411,453 $16,100,000 $106,511,453
11/20/2014 The Yes Men Are Revolting Executive Producer $50,190 $0 $50,190
7/2/2014 Tammy Producer $84,525,432 $9,405,928 $93,931,360
12/18/2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Character Creator,
Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter 
$127,352,707 $44,833,047 $172,185,754
1/25/2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Producer $55,703,475 $159,246,241 $214,949,716
9/7/2012 Bachelorette Producer $446,770 $12,130,631 $12,577,401
8/10/2012 The Campaign Story Creator,
Producer 
$86,907,746 $18,000,000 $104,907,746
5/16/2012 The Dictator Executive Producer $59,650,222 $120,498,675 $180,148,897
3/16/2012 Casa de mi Padre Producer $5,909,483 $2,537,469 $8,446,952
3/2/2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar M… Producer $201,436 $22,216 $223,652
9/24/2010 The Virginity Hit Producer $636,706 $0 $636,706
8/6/2010 The Other Guys Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter 
$119,219,978 $51,716,492 $170,936,470
6/5/2009 Land of the Lost Executive Producer $49,438,370 $20,110,271 $69,548,641
7/25/2008 Step Brothers Screenwriter,
Director,
Executive Producer 
$100,468,793 $28,000,000 $128,468,793
8/4/2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of… Director,
Screenwriter 
$148,213,377 $14,657,148 $162,870,525
7/9/2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Bu… Director,
Screenwriter 
$84,136,909 $5,339,356 $89,476,265
Movies: 26Totals:$1,485,474,295$1,028,916,835$2,514,391,130
  Averages:$57,133,627$39,573,724$96,707,351