|As an Actor||Leading||11||$278,867,922||$234,142,657||$513,010,579|
|Lead Ensemble Member||7||$236,840,201||$374,886,052||$611,726,253|
|Best known as an Actress based on credits in that role in 49 films, with $3,114,021,288 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #477)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Dean Hardscrabble (Monsters University), Emily Appleton Gates (National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets), Victoria (Red), Madame Mallory (The Hundred-Foot Journey), Victoria Winslow (RED 2)|
|Most productive collaborators: Lasse Hallström, Simon Curtis, Steven Knight, Bruce Willis, Lorenzo di Bonaventura|
December 1st, 2016
November was good, but not great. Fortunately, 2016 had a large enough lead going into November that the month only needed to be good. In fact, it could have been mediocre and 2016 would have still had an excellent shot to end the year above 2015. As for December, it’s a race between Star Wars and Star Wars. Almost no one thinks Rogue One is going to match The Force Awakens, but if Rogue One earns just half of what The Force Awakens managed, then 2016 will come out on top in the year-over-year comparison. There are only two other films with a better than 50/50 chance of hitting $100 million, Passengers and Sing. Either one could earn second place for the month, but Passengers will likely start faster. Last December, the only other film to earn more than $100 million was Daddy’s Home, which earned just a hair over $150 million. There’s a chance both Passengers and Sing will earn more than $150 million, which would be a boon to the box office. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just too strong last year and it would take a miracle for 2016 to have a stronger December. That said, it would take a complete collapse for 2016 not to top 2015 in raw dollars. The growth might not be enough to keep pace with ticket price inflation, on the other hand.
March 11th, 2016
There are quite a few limited releases on this week's list that are earning excellent reviews and / or substantial buzz. This includes Hello, My Name is Doris, which I really hope does well. Boom Bust Boom, City of Gold, Eye in the Sky, and Marguerite are all worth checking out in theaters. Most of the rest are worth a rental on VOD.
December 10th, 2015
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning and we are already beginning to see a trend for this year's Awards Season. For the most part, the same films are coming up over and over again. Carol led the way with five awards, while there was a three-way tie for second place with The Big Short, The Revenant and Steve Jobs each picking up four.
December 9th, 2015
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced today and there are at least a few surprises to talk about. Trumbo led the way with three nominations, but there were six films with two nods apiece. Six!
April 3rd, 2015
It is a busy week, but not a good week for limited releases. The two biggest releases, Effie Gray and Woman in Gold, are both earning weak reviews. The film on this list I'm most interested in seeing is Cheatin'. I own a number of Bill Plympton movies / shorts and this one looks like it is worth adding to my collection.
December 11th, 2014
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning, at three in the morning, because the people at Golden Globes are under the delusion that news announced at 3:00 a.m. is somehow more important if it is announced before anyone is awake. As for the actual nominations, like with the Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG nominations, Birdman led the way. It earned seven nominations, while Boyhood and The Imitation Game tied for second with five apiece. Starting to notice a pattern here? This could be a really dull Awards Season with very few surprises. On the other hand, predictable means less work for me. Plus, predictable probably means the Awards Season voters are making the right choices, as surprises usually mean someone made the wrong choice.
December 1st, 2014
The Hundred-Foot Journey came out in August and was counter-programming, to be generous. It opened in barely more than 2,000 theaters and only managed fourth place during its opening weekend. On the other hand, its multiplier was 4.94, which is incredible compared to the average wide release, while it ended up a solid midlevel hit. Obviously the word-of-mouth was strong, but now that it is on the home market, will those who missed it in theaters want to check it out? And will those who saw it in theaters want to pick it up?
August 7th, 2014
Yep. It's August alright. There are four wide releases coming out this week, the largest of which is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is currently earning 17% positive reviews. It's not even the worst reviewed film of the weekend so far, as Into the Storm is a little worse. There are a couple of films that might earn overall positive reviews: The Hundred Foot Journey and Step Up All In. None of the new releases are on track to match Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, all four combined won't make as much as Guardians of the Galaxy opened with last weekend. This weekend last year, there were also four wide releases, three of which earned more than $20 million. I don't think that will be true this year, but I think based on the strength of Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 2014 will win in the year-over-year comparison.
August 1st, 2014
July was... well... let's just pretend it didn't happen. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did well, but week after week 2014 fell further behind 2013 in the year-to-date comparison. At the moment, we are roughly $400 million behind last year's pace and while I don't think August will continue the losing streak, there's really no chance August will put a dent in that number. It looks more and more likely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a hit, especially given its early reviews, but it could be the last $100 million hit till October, if the bad buzz surrounding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turns into bad ticket sales. Last August there were two films that reached $100 million, plus two others that came close. This August might match that, while the biggest film this year should top the biggest film from last year. I think the slump 2014 is suffering through will end the first weekend and overall I think it will cut the deficit a little bit. That said, summer 2014 will still end as one of the worst recent summers at the box office.
November 23rd, 2013
Red opened in the fall of 2010 and became a surprise hit. When you think of action films, you generally don't think of retirees. The combined age of the four actors who played the retired secrets agents was 250 years old when the movie came out. But because the film was something different, it won over critics and moviegoers. Needless to say, they started working on a sequel soon after. However, when Red 2 came out, it wasn't as successful at the box office or with critics. Is it really weaker? Is it so weak that it isn't worth checking out if you liked the first one?
October 26th, 2013
Monsters Inc. was a huge hit in 2001 earning close to $300 million domestically and more than $550 million worldwide. This summer, a prequel, Monsters University, came out and it earned a little less domestically, but more than $700 million worldwide. If you factor in inflation and the growth of international markets, this isn't as strong a run as the predecessor had, but still very profitable. Is the quality similar, i.e., not quite as strong as the original, but still worth checking out? And are any of the four releases worth picking up?
July 1st, 2013
For the most part, June was a really strong month at the box office with nearly every film either matching expectations, or at least coming close enough to call it a victory. Looking forward, there are a dozen films opening wide in July, more or less. One of them, The Smurfs 2, is opening on a Wednesday, so I'm going to hold off talking about that movie till the August preview. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is opening in less than 1000 theaters, but it has a shot at reaching the top ten during its opening weekend. If we include both of them, there are twelve films, but I think it is better to stick with the ten truly wide, truly July openings. Of these, Despicable Me 2 is clearly going to be the biggest hit at the box office. It could become the second biggest hit of the year so far. It is not the only film that could be a $100 million hit. In fact, there are six films opening in July that I think have a better than 50% chance of reaching that level. There is currently only one film that I think won't at least become a midlevel hit. By comparison in 2012, there were three $100 million movies, led by The Dark Knight Rises, but the rest of the new releases struggled. There's no chance any movie opening this month will top $400 million, in fact, it is quite possible no film will get to $300 million. That said, 2013 has a lot better depth, so it might come out on top in the end.
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
March 11th, 2013
Hitchcock opened in limited release earning an per theater average of nearly $17,000 in 17 theaters. It went on to make more than $6 million in total, including more than $1 million during its biggest weekend. This is an impressive run compared to most limited releases. However, Hitchcock was expected to be a player during Awards Season and many thought it would be able to expand wide, or at least semi-wide. Granted, there were a lot of Oscar hopefuls that opened during the same time period. Did this one just get lost in the crowd? Or was there a reason it missed admittedly high expectations?
December 13th, 2012
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five.
December 12th, 2012
SAG nominations were announced and there were only a few surprises to deal with. Leading the way for total nominations was The Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Les Miserables, all of which earned nominations in four of the six categories.
November 23rd, 2012
It's a pretty light week for limited releases. Hitchcock is by far the biggest release, but its reviews are only mixed, so its box office chances are not strong. On the other hand, The Central Park Five is earning reviews that are strong enough that it should thrive, at least in limited release. It is very rare for a documentary to expand wide, even under the best of circumstances.
|12/31/2017||The Leisure Seeker||$0||$0||$0|
|3/11/2016||Eye in the Sky||Colonel Katherine Powell||$18,704,596||$16,211,532||$34,916,128|
|4/1/2015||Woman in Gold||Maria Altmann||$33,307,793||$23,450,345||$56,758,138|
|8/8/2014||The Hundred-Foot Journey||Madame Mallory||$54,235,441||$40,035,047||$94,270,488|
|7/19/2013||RED 2||Victoria Winslow||$53,262,560||$83,900,000||$137,162,560|
|6/21/2013||Monsters University||Dean Hardscrabble||$268,488,329||$475,100,000||$743,588,329|
|8/31/2011||The Debt||Rachel Singer||$31,177,548||$15,426,506||$46,604,054|
|9/24/2010||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of …||Nyra||$55,675,313||$84,041,404||$139,716,717|
|6/30/2010||Love Ranch||Grace Botempo||$137,885||$8,264||$146,149|
|1/15/2010||The Last Station||Sofia||$6,617,867||$9,078,279||$15,696,146|
|4/17/2009||State of Play||Cameron Lynne||$37,017,955||$51,814,255||$88,832,210|
|12/21/2007||National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets||Emily Appleton Gates||$219,961,501||$237,364,303||$457,325,804|
|9/30/2006||The Queen||Queen Elizabeth II||$56,441,711||$72,444,162||$128,885,873|
|8/22/2006||Elizabeth I||Queen Elizabeth I||$0||$0||$0|
|4/29/2005||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Deep Thought||$51,019,112||$51,727,102||$102,746,214|
|7/2/2004||The Clearing||Eileen Hayes||$5,763,875||$2,100,000||$7,863,875|
|12/19/2003||Calendar Girls||Chris Harper; AKA Miss October||$31,011,616||$62,063,000||$93,074,616|
|3/29/2002||No Such Thing||The Boss||$60,006||$0||$60,006|
|12/26/2001||Gosford Park||Mrs. Wilson||$41,300,105||$0||$41,300,105|
|8/20/1999||Teaching Mrs. Tingle||Mrs. Eve Tingle||$8,959,883||$0||$8,959,883|
|12/18/1998||The Prince of Egypt||The Queen||$101,413,188||$117,200,000||$218,613,188|
|12/25/1996||Some Mother's Son||Kathleen Quigley||$628,604||$0||$628,604|
|12/6/1996||Losing Chase||Chase Phillips||$31,176||$0||$31,176|
|12/28/1994||The Madness of King George||Queen Charlotte||$15,122,669||$0||$15,122,669|
|4/6/1990||The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and He…||Georgina||$7,407,995||$0||$7,407,995|
|1/1/1990||The Comfort of Strangers||Caroline||$1,244,000||$0||$1,244,000|
|12/1/1986||The Mosquito Coast||Mother||$14,302,000||$0||$14,302,000|
|11/22/1985||White Nights||Galina Ivanova||$42,160,849||$0||$42,160,849|
|8/8/1980||The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu||Alice Rage||$10,697,276||$0||$10,697,276|