Chris Columbus

Chris Columbus

Highest Rated: 96% Menashe (2017)

Lowest Rated: 5% Christmas With the Kranks (2004)

Birthday: Sep 10, 1958

Birthplace: Spangler, Pennsylvania, USA

One of the more successful filmmakers to come from the Spielberg school of genre moviemaking, writer-director Chris Columbus emerged as a specialist in combining a sensitivity for young people's feelings with a rousing adventure yarn. Columbus entered Hollywood by way of screenwriting with his script for "Gremlins" (1984) being shepherded by Spielberg, who soon became a mentor to the young scribe. After writing the scripts for "The Goonies" (1985) and "Young Sherlock Holmes" (1985), he made his directing debut with the mild family comedy "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987). Columbus entered the realm of blockbuster filmmaker with "Home Alone" (1990), arguably one of the most successful film comedies of all time. Following the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992), he had another hit with the Robin Williams vehicle "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993), which placed Columbus at the top of Hollywood's list of commercial hitmakers. Despite his overwhelming commercial success, Columbus struggled to earn the respect of critics, many of whom complained that he tended to overly sentimentalize his work by finding simple happy solutions to complicated problems. He typified such criticisms with "Bicentennial Man" (1999), which descended into cheap sentiment after a promising start. Columbus next tackled the incredibly difficult task of bring "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) to life on the big screen. Faithfully adapting that novel and the sequel "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002), Columbus helped launch what became one of the most commercially successful franchises in cinema history. Though he faded to the background with "Rent" (2005) and "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" (2010), Columbus remained one of Hollywood's most bankable commercial directors.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Christmas Chronicles 2 Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2020
48% 56% SCOOB! Executive Producer - 2020
90% 72% The Lighthouse Executive Producer $10.9M 2019
67% 77% The Christmas Chronicles Producer - 2018
85% 78% Patti Cake$ Producer $774.5K 2017
96% 65% Menashe Executive Producer $1.7M 2017
77% 75% I Kill Giants Producer - 2017
49% 66% The Young Messiah Producer $6.5M 2016
90% 54% Mediterranea Producer $5.8K 2015
90% 58% The Witch Executive Producer $25.1M 2015
17% 46% Pixels Director,
Producer
$78.7M 2015
60% 41% It Had to Be You Executive Producer $5.3K 2015
54% 29% Little Accidents Executive Producer $10.1K 2014
47% 57% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Producer $113.6M 2014
42% 55% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Executive Producer $68.5M 2013
76% 89% The Help Producer $169.7M 2011
49% 53% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Director,
Producer
$88.8M 2010
13% 32% I Love You, Beth Cooper Director,
Producer
$14.8M 2009
45% 47% Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Producer $177.2M 2009
37% 51% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Executive Producer $131.9M 2007
43% 67% Night at the Museum Producer $113.7M 2006
27% 45% Fantastic Four Producer $154.7M 2005
46% 83% Rent Director $29M 2005
88% 74% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Executive Producer $290M 2005
5% 38% Christmas With the Kranks Screenwriter,
Producer
$73.7M 2004
90% 86% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Producer $249.4M 2004
82% 80% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Director,
Executive Producer
$262M 2002
19% 27% Monkeybone Executive Producer $5.4M 2001
81% 82% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Director,
Executive Producer
$317.6M 2001
36% 58% Bicentennial Man Director,
Producer
$58.2M 1999
45% 75% Stepmom Director,
Producer
$91M 1998
15% 38% Jingle All the Way Producer $60.6M 1996
26% 37% Nine Months Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
$67.9M 1995
71% 77% Mrs. Doubtfire Director $219.2M 1993
No Score Yet 84% Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Writer $1.4M 1992
33% 61% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Director $172.7M 1992
64% 50% Only the Lonely Director,
Writer
$19.9M 1991
65% 80% Home Alone Director $281.5M 1990
38% 50% Heartbreak Hotel Director $5.4M 1988
72% 70% Adventures in Babysitting Director - 1987
76% 91% The Goonies Screenwriter $935K 1985
64% 63% Young Sherlock Holmes Screenwriter $18.1M 1985
85% 78% Gremlins Writer - 1984

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2015
No Score Yet 89% 3 Executive Producer 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Galaxy High School Creator,
Writer
1986

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