Diary of a Wimpy Kid (film series)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid films
Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series.jpg
The logo for the films
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onDiary of a Wimpy Kid series
by Jeff Kinney
Starring
Narrated byZachary Gordon (1-3)
Jason Drucker (4)
Music by
Cinematography
Edited by
  • Wendy Greene Bricmont (1)
  • Troy Takaki (2-4)
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 1: March 19, 2010
  • 2: March 25, 2011
  • 3: August 3, 2012
  • 4: May 19, 2017
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetTotal (4 films)
$80 million
Box officeTotal (4 films)
$265,330,423

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of films based on the series of books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. The series consists of four films: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) and the latest fourth film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) as well as a short film entitled Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Class Clown (2012)

Films[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid was released March 19, 2010,[2] as it moved up from a previously scheduled April 2 release date.[3] Principal production began on September 21, 2009 and was completed on October 16, 2009. The film was directed by Thor Freudenthal and starred Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley, Robert Capron as Rowley Jefferson, Rachael Harris as Susan Heffley, Steve Zahn as Frank Heffley, Devon Bostick as Rodrick Heffley, Connor and Owen Fielding as Manny Heffley, Chloë Grace Moretz as Angie Steadman, Grayson Russell as Fregley, Laine MacNeil as Patty Farrell, and Karan Brar as Chirag Gupta. It is the only film in the series to be directed by Freudenthal. The musical score was composed by Theodore Shapiro.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)[edit]

Rodrick Rules is the second film in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series. It was released on March 25, 2011 and is based on the second book, Rodrick Rules with scenes from The Last Straw. Principal photography began on August 23, 2010 and was completed on October 27, 2010, with filming taking place in Vancouver and New Westminster. Rodrick Rules was directed by David Bowers, with Zachary Gordon reprising his role as Greg Heffley. New main characters include Holly Hills (Peyton List), Grandpa (Terence Kelly), and Bill Walter (Fran Kranz). Edward Shearmur composes the original score for the film.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the third film in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series. It was released on August 3, 2012 and is based on the third book The Last Straw and the fourth book Dog Days. The film was directed by David Bowers and features the same familiar cast of characters, introducing a few new ones, and also focusing on lesser characters not elaborated on in previous films, including Frank Heffley (Steve Zahn), Mr. Robert Jefferson (Alf Humphreys) and Holly Hills (Peyton List). Dog Days is the first film in the series not to be released in March.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul was released on May 19, 2017, and is the first film to feature an entirely new cast. Jason Drucker and Charlie Wright portray Greg and Rodrick Heffley, and Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone as their parents, Frank and Susan.[4] The film follows Greg and Rodrick convincing their family to go on a road trip for their great grandmother's 90th birthday, but they actually plan on attending a video game convention.[1]

Short film[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Class Clown (2012)[edit]

An animated short film set after the events of Dog Days, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Class Clown, was released on the home media release of Dog Days in 2012. The short is told through Greg's point of view as he explains his experience with humor and comedy. Zachary Gordon reprises his role as Greg Heffley along other cast members voicing their characters from the films in minor roles.

Future[edit]

Potential Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Adaptation (TBA)[edit]

In December 2012, Jeff Kinney announced that he was working on an animated adaptation of Cabin Fever to air around Christmas 2013. The adaptation would explain how Manny managed to redirect the power for all to his room and no one else's.[5] In August 2013, Kinney stated it would be a half-hour television special, and would air on Fox in late 2014. The film was teased with the conclusion of the 2012 animated short film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Class Clown, which ended with a scene adapted from the Cabin Fever book. As of 2018, no updates of the project have been announced since.[6]

Television series[edit]

In August 2018, CEO of 20th Century Fox Stacey Snider announced that a television series based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid is currently being developed. With the upcoming acquisition by Disney, it is possible that it will appear on one of the latter's services.[7]

Cast[edit]

Character Films Short film
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Class Clown
2010 2011 2012 2017 2012
Gregory "Greg" Heffley Zachary Gordon Zachary Gordon Jason Drucker Zachary Gordon
Nathaniel Marten
(adult)
Dylan Bell
(young)
Uncredited infant
(photograph)
L.J. Benet
(uncredited singing voice)
Rowley Jefferson Robert Capron Owen Asztalos Robert Capron
Rodrick Heffley Devon Bostick Devon Bostick Devon Bostick Charlie Wright Devon Bostick
Conner Ingram
(young)
Susan Heffley Rachael Harris Alicia Silverstone Silent cameo
Frank Heffley Steve Zahn Tom Everett Scott Steve Zahn
Manny Heffley Connor and Owen Fielding Wyatt and Dylan Walters Silent role
Chirag Gupta Karan Brar
Fregley Grayson Russell
Patricia "Patty" Farrell Laine MacNeil Laine MacNeil
Madison Bell
(young)
Coach Malone Andrew McNee Andrew McNee
Mr. Jefferson Alf Humphreys Alf Humphreys
Mrs. Norton Belita Moreno
Angie Steadman Chloë Grace Moretz
Pete Hosey Nicholas Carey
Mr. Winsky Rob Labelle
Colin Lee Alex Ferris
Mrs. Jefferson Kaye Capron Bronwen Smith
Preston P. Mudd Rylee Stiles Silent cameo
Bill Walter Cameo in end credits Fran Kranz
Holly Hills Peyton List
Grandpa Heffley Terence Kelly Photograph
Heather Hills Melissa Roxburgh
(uncredited)
Melissa Roxburgh
Marcia Miller
(stunt-double)
Stan Warren Philip Maurice Hayes
Troopmaster Barret Frank C. Turner
Sweetie Oliver Silent cameo
Mac Digby Joshua Hoover
Mr. Beardo Christopher A. Coppola
Meemaw Mimi Gould
Gammie Heffley June Foray

Crew[edit]

Role Film
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
The Long Haul
2010 2011 2012 2017
Director Thor Freudenthal David Bowers
Producer Nina Jacobson
Brad Simpson
Writer Jackie Filgo
Jeff Filgo
Gabe Sachs
Jeff Judah
Gabe Sachs
Jeff Judah
Maya Forbes
Wally Wolodarsky
Jeff Kinney
David Bowers
Composer Theodore Shapiro Edward Shearmur
Cinematographer Jack N. Green Anthony B. Richmond
Editor Wendy Greene Bricmont Troy Takaki
Allan Joseph John
Troy Takaki
Production company Color Force
Dune Entertainment
Color Force
TSG Entertainment
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Running time 94 minutes 101 minutes 96 minutes 90 minutes
Release date March 19, 2010 March 25, 2011 August 3, 2012 May 19, 2017

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Budget Box office gross
North America Other
territories
Worldwide
Diary of a Wimpy Kid[8] March 19, 2010 $15 million $64,003,625 $11,696,873 $75,700,498
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules[9] March 25, 2011 $21 million $52,698,535 $19,718,859 $72,417,394
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days[10] August 3, 2012 $22 million $49,008,662 $28,103,514 $77,112,176
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul[11] May 19, 2017 $22 million $20,738,724 $19,361,631 $40,100,355
Total $80 million $186,449,546 $78,880,877 $265,330,423

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 53% (106 reviews)[12] 56 (27 critics)[13] A–[14]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 47% (99 reviews)[15] 51 (23 critics)[16] A–[14]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 51% (71 reviews)[17] 54 (22 critics)[18] A–[14]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul 20% (66 reviews)[19] 39 (16 critics)[20] B[14]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Brew, Simon (July 28, 2016). "Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Franchise Rebooting With New Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "DIARY OF A WIMPY KID GETS ANIMATED MOVIE". Red Carpet News TV. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  6. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob (2013-08-08). "Narrator hits 'Hard Luck' in eighth Wimpy Kid book". USA Today. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  7. ^ Paz, Maggie Dela (August 10, 2018). "Fox Developing Wimpy Kid, Ice Age, and Night at the Museum TV Shows". Coming Soon.net. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
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  16. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Reviews". Metacritic.
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  18. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Reviews". Metacritic.
  19. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  20. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Reviews". Metacritic.