|In Technical Roles||Director||6||$441,130,572||$936,752,770||$1,377,883,342|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 6 films, with $1,377,883,342 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #95)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Director), War for the Planet of the Apes (Director), War for the Planet of the Apes (Screenwriter), 10 Cloverfield Lane (Executive Producer), Cloverfield (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Andy Serkis, Lizzy Caplan, Mark Bomback, Drew Goddard, Jessica Lucas|
July 1st, 2017
I hate it when the first of the month lands on a Saturday. By the time this story goes live, we will still have almost no box office data for Despicable Me 3, so we won’t know if June ended on a positive note. Fortunately, Wonder Woman beat expectations and might end up as the biggest hit of the summer, at least for a little while. July begins with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which should make at least $300 million and is the last film being released this summer that has a shot at being a $400 million hit domestically. It is very likely that nothing else this month will come within $100 million of that movie, so that could help its legs. There are a few potential $100 million hits, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and a couple of other long shots. Last July had a similar feel with The Secret Life of Pets topping the list with well over $300 million, while there were five other $100 million hits. This July would have to beat expectations substantially to match this performance. I’m not confident 2017 will be able to maintain its pace at the box office. I’m worried at least one big film will struggled and 2017 will end the month behind 2016’s pace.
July 1st, 2014
Overall, June was not good. Most films matched expectations, or came close enough that there weren't major disappointments. However, it looks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 will miss expectations by more than $100 million. This was such a massive amount that 2014 lost its lead over 2013 and not even Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million opening was able to turn things around. Looking forward to July, there's not a lot of good news. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be the only film coming out during July that will reach the $100 million milestone, but on the high end, it might reach the $200 million mark. There are a few others that have a shot, but are not favored to reach the century mark. On the other hand, there are more films that may or may not open / expand wide and even if they do, they will likely have no real impact at the box office. By comparison, last July, Despicable Me 2 was the top draw and finished with more than $350 million. There were also four other films that surpassed $100 million at the box office. It seems practically impossible for 2014 to match those numbers and will likely finish the month behind last year's pace. Overall, 2014 isn't doing poorly, but the summer has been much weaker than the spring was, so we've gone from potential record breaking year to merely average.
|7/14/2017||War for the Planet of the Apes||Director,|
|12/31/2016||Untitled Matt Reeves Bank Heist…||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|3/11/2016||10 Cloverfield Lane||Executive Producer||$72,082,999||$36,203,423||$108,286,422|
|7/11/2014||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||Director||$208,545,589||$502,098,977||$710,644,566|