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Matt Sazama

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 4 films, with $485,029,593 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #454)
Best-known technical roles: Power Rangers (Story Creator), Dracula Untold (Screenwriter), Gods of Egypt (Screenwriter), The Last Witch Hunter (Screenwriter)
Most productive collaborators: Burk Sharpless, Luke Evans, Gary Shore, Sarah Gadon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Career Summary

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In Technical RolesScreenwriter4$114,513,004$370,516,589$485,029,593
Story Creator1$85,364,450$57,000,000$142,364,450

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2017 Preview: March

March 1st, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

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. More...

2016 Preview: February

February 1st, 2016


As expected, January was dominated by holdovers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant leading the way. That's not to say there were no new releases that did well, as Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 were hits with moviegoers. Looking forward, there is only one film that looks like a sure hit, Deadpool. There's a slim chance it could be a surprise $200 million hit. There's a much better chance it will be the only $100 million hit. Conversely, last February started with a $100 million hit coming out, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, while there were two other $100 million movies to come out that month, Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Looks like 2016 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2015 Preview: October

October 1st, 2015

The Martian

September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top. More...

2014 Preview: October

September 30th, 2014

Fury poster

September is over and while it got off to a bad start, a really, really, truly terrible start, it actually ended on a bit of a strong note. Granted, no film has yet to reach $100 million, but The Maze Runner and The Equalizer both could get there in the end. As for October, we might go another month without a $100 million hit. There are a couple of films that have the potential to reach the century mark, Gone Girl and Fury. Hopefully they will get there, but given the recent box office woes, it is probably best to keep expectations low. Last October, there were two films that earned more than $100 million. Bad Grandpa just made it passed that mark. On the other hand, Gravity was a monster hit earning nearly $275 million. It you compare its run to this year's batch of films, it only ranks behind Guardians of the Galaxy. ... There's no way any film opening this month is going to match that. ... There no way the top two films will match that. ... The top three films might not match that. ... 2014 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison and by the end of the month, it will be safe to say its chances of ever catching up to 2013 will be over. It is going to be a depressing month. More...

All Technical Credits

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12/31/2018 Night On Bald Mountain Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
3/24/2017 Power Rangers Story by $85,364,450 $57,000,000 $142,364,450
2/26/2016 Gods of Egypt Screenwriter $31,153,464 $102,400,000 $133,553,464
10/23/2015 The Last Witch Hunter Screenwriter $27,367,660 $103,866,746 $131,234,406
10/10/2014 Dracula Untold Screenwriter $55,991,880 $164,249,843 $220,241,723
Movies: 5Totals:$199,877,454$427,516,589$627,394,043

Writer Credits

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12/31/2018 Night On Bald Mountain $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
3/24/2017 Power Rangers $40,300,288 3,693 $85,364,450 $142,364,450 60.0%
2/26/2016 Gods of Egypt $14,123,903 3,117 $31,153,464 $133,553,464 23.3%
10/23/2015 The Last Witch Hunter $10,812,861 3,082 $27,367,660 $131,234,406 20.9%
10/10/2014 Dracula Untold $23,514,615 2,900 $55,991,880 $220,241,723 25.4%
Movies: 5Totals:  $199,877,454$627,394,043