|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||6||$529,046,236||$839,179,553||$1,368,225,789|
|Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 6 films, with $1,368,225,789 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #113)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Logan (Screenwriter), Murder on the Orient Express (Screenwriter), Blade Runner 2049 (Screenwriter), Green Lantern (Screenwriter), Green Lantern (Story Creator)|
|Most productive collaborators: Ryan Reynolds, Martin Campbell, Blake Lively, Greg Berlanti, Hugh Jackman|
November 1st, 2017
October wasn’t a good month; then again, outside of a few bright spots, the overall box office has been a disaster since early summer. I would love to say November will turn things around, but, while it should be better, in this case “better” is a relative term. There are two films on this list with a chance at $300 million, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, while Coco is nearly a guarantee for $200 million. By comparison, last November had a similar result with three films earning between $200 million and $300 million, but none topping that figure. This means, if Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League both get to that milestone, then 2017 could cut into 2016’s lead during the month. It will still take a minor miracle for 2017 to catch up in the end, but just cutting the lead in half by the end of December would be a reason to celebrate at this point.
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.
May 1st, 2017
April is over and thank god for that. The Fate of the Furious is currently the only film that was better than a midlevel hit, while Going in Style might end up being the second-biggest release of the month. On the low end, there were seven films on last month’s list that didn’t even manage to open in truly wide release (2,000 or more theaters). Fortunately, May looks a lot brighter. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 should dominate the chart and get the month off to a fast start. Furthermore, every week there’s at least one film with a reasonable chance of earning $100 million domestically. Additionally, last May wasn’t particularly strong, so that should help 2017 overall. Granted, Captain America: Civil War earned more than $400 million, so the month got off to a fast start, but films struggled the rest of the way. The second-biggest film was X-Men: Apocalypse at just $155 million, while only one other movie, The Angry Birds Movie, earned more than $100 million. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 should at least be competitive with Captain America: Civil War, allowing 2017 to win thanks to its superior depth.
March 1st, 2017
February was an okay month. The films that missed expectations were mostly balanced by the films that were pleasant surprises. Unfortunately, last February was amazing as Deadpool dominated the chart, so 2017 has fallen further behind 2016 and 2016’s lead is now about $100 million. It is not so bad that a good March won’t help 2017 back into the lead. Will that happen? We have some good news and some bad news. Good news: Every week there is one movie that has at least a shot at $100 million. Two of them, Logan and Beauty and the Beast, could reach $200 million or a lot more. Bad News: last March, both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned more than $300 million. That’s a really powerful one-two punch and I don’t think we can replicate that this time around. On the other hand, last March, the third best film of the month was 10 Cloverfield Lane, while there were four films that were expected to open wide that earned less than $10 million at the box office. 2017 likely won’t be as good at the top, but I also don’t think it will have as many bombs either. If Beauty and the Beast reaches the very high end of expectations, then 2017 could even close the gap with 2016 entirely. I’ll be happy getting halfway there.
|12/25/2019||Call of the Wild||Screenwriter||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2018||Death on the Nile||Screenwriter||$0||$0||$0|
|11/10/2017||Murder on the Orient Express||Screenwriter||$94,782,742||$181,195,939||$275,978,681|
|10/6/2017||Blade Runner 2049||Screenwriter||$91,385,254||$165,749,294||$257,134,548|
|5/19/2017||Alien: Covenant||Story by||$74,262,031||$164,600,000||$238,862,031|
|4/20/2016||Streit’s: Matzo and the Ameri…||Executive Producer,|
|3/29/2016||Natural Born Pranksters||Executive Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|2/17/2012||This Means War||Executive Producer||$54,760,791||$102,213,766||$156,974,557|
|2/18/2011||Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son||Producer||$37,915,414||$44,417,036||$82,332,450|
|3/7/2008||College Road Trip||Producer||$45,610,425||$5,263,498||$50,873,923|
|6/2/2000||Big Momma's House||Producer||$117,559,438||$56,000,000||$173,559,438|