|In Technical Roles||Director||12||$640,701,216||$642,262,000||$1,282,963,216|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 12 films, with $1,282,963,216 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #86)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Mad Max: Fury Road (Director), Mad Max: Fury Road (Producer), Mad Max: Fury Road (Screenwriter), Happy Feet (Director), Happy Feet (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Elijah Wood, Doug Mitchell, Brittany Murphy, Bill Miller, Hugh Jackman|
January 15th, 2016
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.
January 14th, 2016
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.
December 10th, 2015
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning and we are already beginning to see a trend for this year's Awards Season. For the most part, the same films are coming up over and over again. Carol led the way with five awards, while there was a three-way tie for second place with The Big Short, The Revenant and Steve Jobs each picking up four.
May 14th, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 both open wide this week. It is normally not a good idea to have two films competing for limited box office dollars, but these two films have divergent enough target audiences that it is unlikely that they will cannibalize each other too much. The Avengers: Age of Ultron will also still do well this weekend and help the overall box office do well. This weekend last year, Godzilla led the way with $93 million during its opening weekend. Neither Mad Max: Fury Road nor Pitch Perfect 2 will earn that much this weekend; however, they should earn more than that combined. Additionally, Age of Ultron should earn more than last year's second place film, Neighbors, and this depth could give 2015 the win in the year-over-year comparison.
May 1st, 2015
April is over and there was good news and bad news. Good news: Furious 7 crushed the competition, and broke records along the way. Bad news: Furious 7 crushed the competition and no other April release will earn as much in total as Furious 7 earned during its opening day. Fortunately, Furious 7 was so strong that it carried April of 2015 to a draw when compared to April of 2014. May has a lot of similarities to April. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to break records during its opening weekend and even the low end has it earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, no other film is going to come close to that figure. There are five other films with a potential to reach $100 million at the box office. The keyword there is "potential". There's a chance less than half of those five films will get to that milestone. And like last April, last May had much better depth with five films that reached $100 million, including four that surpassed $200 million. Age of Ultron will earn more than the combined totals of Maleficent, last month's winner, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which placed second for the month. I am a little concerned about the lack of depth this month and this could cause May to lose in the month-over-month comparison in the end.
February 24th, 2015
|5/15/2015||Mad Max: Fury Road||Director,|
|11/18/2011||Happy Feet Two||Director,|
|11/25/1998||Babe: Pig in the City||Director||$18,318,000||$50,812,000||$69,130,000|
|2/8/1991||The NeverEnding Story II: The N…||Director||$17,116,963||$0||$17,116,963|
|6/12/1987||The Witches of Eastwick||Director||$62,787,608||$0||$62,787,608|
|7/10/1985||Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome||Director||$36,230,219||$0||$36,230,219|
|6/24/1983||Twilight Zone: The Movie||Director||$29,450,919||$0||$29,450,919|
|11/3/1982||The Man From Snowy River||Director||$20,659,423||$0||$20,659,423|
|5/21/1982||Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior||Director||$24,600,832||$0||$24,600,832|