|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||12||$757,101,887||$566,067,728||$1,323,169,615|
|Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 12 films, with $1,323,169,615 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #110)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: What Women Want (Director), It’s Complicated (Director), It’s Complicated (Screenwriter), It’s Complicated (Producer), What Women Want (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Robert De Niro, Suzanne Farwell, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Mel Gibson|
September 26th, 2015
As expected, Hotel Transylvania 2 earned first place on Friday, but it did so with an unexpectedly strong result. The film pulled in $13.25 million for the day; by comparison, this is 21% higher than the first film’s debut. Sequels do tend to be a little more front loaded than the original film, but this is still a fantastic start. For instance, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs had a 3.72 internal multiplier of (weekend box office divided by Friday box office) while its sequel had an internal multiplier of 3.68. Granted, that's a tiny drop, but the reviews of these two films dropped dramatically, which likely had some effect. On the other hand, the two Hotel Transylvania films have earned nearly identical reviews. Hotel Transylvania earned an internal multiplier of 3.88, so if that drops to about 3.7, then Hotel Transylvania 2 would pull in about $49 million over the weekend. That's seems excessive. On the other hand, even earning just over $42.5 million and breaking the September record would be disappointing after an opening day like this.
September 1st, 2015
As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy.
|12/12/2003||Something's Gotta Give||Producer,|
|12/15/2000||What Women Want||Director,|
|7/29/1998||The Parent Trap||Screenwriter,|
|12/8/1995||Father of the Bride Part II||Screenwriter,|
|6/29/1994||I Love Trouble||Producer,|
|3/6/1992||Once Upon a Crime…||Screenwriter||$8,669,847||$0||$8,669,847|
|12/20/1991||Father of the Bride||Screenwriter,|
|12/21/1984||Protocol||Based on a Story by||$26,300,000||$0||$26,300,000|