|As an Actor||Supporting||1||$186,336,279||$299,787,811||$486,124,090|
|In Technical Roles||Director||7||$576,322,484||$918,194,774||$1,494,517,258|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $1,494,517,258 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #84)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Screenwriter), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Director), Cinderella (Screenwriter), The Golden Compass (Director), American Reunion (Executive Producer)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Martin Coleman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Male Voice in Porn Film (American Pie), Director (The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy), Charlie 'Chuck' Sitter (Chuck&Buck)|
|Most productive collaborators: Gareth Edwards, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Tony Gilroy|
October 1st, 2017
September destroyed the previous September monthly record for total box office take, with $800 million or so (we won’t know the exact figure until after the weekend), which tops 2016’s record of $616 million. Granted, this is almost entirely due to It’s record breaking run, and the rest of the month was merely average. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the only other film to come close to $100 million. October doesn’t look any better, as far as depth is concerned. Blade Runner 2049 is widely expected to be the biggest hit of the month, but it is the only film expected to reach $100 million domestically. Boo 2 should be the second biggest hit of the month, while there are only a couple of other films that have a shot at $50 million. Part of the problem is the level of competition, as there are 16 films opening during the four October weekends. (Needless to say, some of the predictions below will be a little short, as there’s not much to say about a film that will barely open in the top ten and disappear two weeks later.) That’s way too many and most will be buried by the competition. Last October was a flop, as no film earned more than $100 million at the box office. There were a few films that came close, including the original Boo! movie. As long as Blade Runner 2049 matches expectations, 2017 should win the year-over-year comparison by a small margin. If we get one surprise hit, then 2017 has a real shot at closing the gap with 2016 by a significant margin. I choose to be cautiously optimistic.
December 1st, 2016
November was good, but not great. Fortunately, 2016 had a large enough lead going into November that the month only needed to be good. In fact, it could have been mediocre and 2016 would have still had an excellent shot to end the year above 2015. As for December, it’s a race between Star Wars and Star Wars. Almost no one thinks Rogue One is going to match The Force Awakens, but if Rogue One earns just half of what The Force Awakens managed, then 2016 will come out on top in the year-over-year comparison. There are only two other films with a better than 50/50 chance of hitting $100 million, Passengers and Sing. Either one could earn second place for the month, but Passengers will likely start faster. Last December, the only other film to earn more than $100 million was Daddy’s Home, which earned just a hair over $150 million. There’s a chance both Passengers and Sing will earn more than $150 million, which would be a boon to the box office. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just too strong last year and it would take a miracle for 2016 to have a stronger December. That said, it would take a complete collapse for 2016 not to top 2015 in raw dollars. The growth might not be enough to keep pace with ticket price inflation, on the other hand.
March 1st, 2015
February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month.
November 5th, 2013
Twilight came out in 2008 to a mixture of high buzz and abject horror. There were a lot of people who were major fans of the book series by Stephenie Meyer, while others consider Stephenie Meyer the worst author of all time. That might be a bit harsh. The first movie opened with mixed reviews, but smashed through all expectations with nearly $200 million domestically. A year later, New Moon came out and despite earning just 27% positive reviews. That's awful any way you look at it, but even so, it earned nearly $300 million at the box office. Clearly this franchise is critic-proof and I'm under no delusion that any of my criticisms will stop anyone from buying this 10-disc Blu-ray box set. I'm so convinced that no one will change their minds over my opinion of the movie that I'm going to keep that portion of the review to a minimum and concentrate on the extras instead. After all, anyone interested in this box set has already made up their mind about the movie and just want to know if this box set has enough extras to be worth the price.
|12/31/2006||See This Movie||Panel Discussion Moderator||$0||$0||$0|
|6/10/2005||Mr. and Mrs. Smith||Martin Coleman||$186,336,279||$299,787,811||$486,124,090|
|9/29/2000||The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Co…||Director||$1,744,858||$277,584||$2,022,442|
|7/14/2000||Chuck&Buck||Charlie 'Chuck' Sitter||$1,055,671||$102,001||$1,157,672|
|7/9/1999||American Pie||Male Voice in Porn Film||$101,800,948||$132,922,200||$234,723,148|
|10/6/2017||The Mountain Between Us||Screenwriter||$30,250,494||$29,373,244||$59,623,738|
|12/31/2016||Shield of Straw||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2016||A Happening of Monumental Propo…||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|12/16/2016||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Screenwriter||$532,177,324||$518,811,164||$1,050,988,488|
|8/16/2013||Spark: A Burning Man Story||Executive Producer||$120,459||$0||$120,459|
|4/6/2012||American Reunion||Executive Producer||$56,758,835||$180,040,376||$236,799,211|
|6/24/2011||A Better Life||Director||$1,759,252||$124,999||$1,884,251|
|11/20/2009||The Twilight Saga: New Moon||Director||$296,623,634||$390,934,093||$687,557,727|
|12/7/2007||The Golden Compass||Director||$70,107,728||$297,154,830||$367,262,558|
|12/29/2004||In Good Company||Producer||$45,489,752||$18,000,000||$63,489,752|
|5/17/2002||About a Boy||Director,|
|2/16/2001||Down to Earth||Director||$64,172,251||$7,000,000||$71,172,251|