|In Technical Roles||Director||2||$184,125,054||$474,891,999||$659,017,053|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 2 films, with $659,017,053 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #237)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Maze Runner (Director), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Director), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Executive Producer), Phoenix Forgotten (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Noah Oppenheim, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, T.S. Nowlin|
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.
September 1st, 2014
August was a great month, it is as simple as that. Not only did Guardians of the Galaxy break records, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a surprise hit as well. These early gains led to an extended winning streak in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, 2014 is still more than $300 million behind 2013, but this is substantially less than the gap was before the month. Can September maintain this run? I'm not sure. Last September was strong compared to most Septembers with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 earning more than $100 million while Insidious Chapter 2 came relatively close. This year, there likely won't be any $100 million hits, but I think The Equalizer should at least come close. Meanwhile, there are some who think The Maze Runner will be the biggest hit of the month, but I'm not among them. There have been too many similar releases that have struggled to think this one will be a hit. I think September will get off to a terrible start, but overall I think it will be close to last year.
|9/18/2015||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||Director,|
|9/19/2014||The Maze Runner||Director||$102,427,862||$245,891,999||$348,319,861|