|As an Actor||Leading||19||$305,027,191||$421,226,788||$726,253,979|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$116,081,739||$78,255,235||$194,336,974|
|Best known as an Actress based on credits in that role in 64 films, with $4,401,072,077 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #206)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: President Coin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1), President Alma Coin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2), Dr. Sarah Harding (The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Jen Summers (Non-Stop), Clarice Starling (Hannibal)|
|Most productive collaborators: Liam Neeson, Jaume Collet-Serra, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Roach, Steven Spielberg|
October 2nd, 2015
It is a bad week for limited releases. Shanghai is the biggest release on this week's list, but that just means it is opening in way too many theaters to thrive. The film I'm most interested in is A Christmas Horror Story, but I do have a well-known pro-Canada bias.
May 11th, 2015
It is a typical summer week on the home market with little to no prime releases. The biggest release of the week is Still Alice, which earned $18 million in theaters. That's not bad for a limited release. It is better than some of the wide releases that came out earlier this year. Fortunately, the Blu-ray is also the best new release of the week and it is the Pick of the Week. In fact, it isn't even close as there are no other contenders for that title.
April 9th, 2015
Wild is a drama based on a real life person that came out in December. This movie screams Oscar Bait. However, while its reviews were amazing, but it never really became a major player during Awards Season. It did pick up a couple of Oscar nominations, including one for Reese Witherspoon; however, it failed to live up to expectations. Is it busted Oscar-bait? Or should it really have performed better?
March 1st, 2015
Will Smith remains a top 20 force on The Numbers Bankability Index, thanks mainly to his leading turns in tentpoles and franchise films. His draw in smaller movies has always been less of a sure thing, even in his heyday. The performance of Focus this weekend is perhaps not as much of a surprise, with Warner Bros. projecting an OK $19.1 million debut for the film—not a terrible number for the time of year, and broadly in line with the openings for Seven Pounds ($14.8m), The Pursuit of Happyness ($26.5m) and Ali ($14.7m).
February 22nd, 2015
The Oscar ceremony is tonight and we will be live-blogging the winners... assuming I don't get bored and wander away. On a serious note, while my job is all about movies and I love watching movies, I love paying attention to box office numbers, I even love Awards Season. I hate ceremonies. As per usual, here is the list of nominees marked according to predictions / wishes. Nominees in Bold are the ones predicted to win by our readers. If I predicted a different film, those are in Italics. Meanwhile, the nominees I want to win, but don't think will win, are Underlined. There are a few categories where the film I really think deserves the award were not even nominated, plus a few I don't have a real opinion on.
February 22nd, 2015
The polls are closed in our 18th annual Predict the Academy Awards contest, and it has turned out to be the most exciting two-horse race in the history of the contest.
After weeks of intense debate among our voters, we have a virtual tie in the biggest categories of all: Best Picture and Best Director. The predicted Best Picture winner is, in fact, a statistical dead heat. Boyhood garnered 47% of the total vote, and Birdman 46%, giving the Linklater epic the tiniest of edges.
Best Director is a clearer contest, but still close, and still a bout between Boyhood and Birdman. Richard Linklater is favorite to win Best Director, perhaps in part because he’s more “due” for the award than Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. As noted, though, “favorite” is strong, given the closeness of this category, with Linklater getting 55% of the votes and Inarritu taking a 46% share.
The other big story about this year’s contest is just how much of a two-horse contest it really is. With 93% of the Best Picture vote going to Birdman and Boyhood, the remaining nominees were left to split the other 7% of the vote. American Sniper, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything each gathered a handful of votes from The Numbers readers, and Selma and Whiplash are given virtually no chance at all.
February 22nd, 2015
February 13th, 2015
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we look at the two leading actor categories, starting with Best Lead Actress. One actress is so far ahead of the rest of the field that there isn't even a consensus on who the second place actress should be.
February 8th, 2015
The BAFTA winners were announced on Sunday and there were a few surprises, including the number one winner. The Grand Budapest Hotel took home five awards, while Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash earned three each.
February 1st, 2015
It was a record-breaking January thanks entirely to American Sniper, which set records, both during its limited release run and especially when it expanded wide. There were a couple of other films that did well, but for the most part, it was a typical January. The question is, will American Sniper boost the overall box office, which would help February, or will its effects fade as it does? There are ten wide releases in February; there are a few films that may or may not open in the top ten. Of these, there are only two that have a real shot at true box office success. The biggest film in terms of buzz is Fifty Shades of Grey, which looks so, so bad. Personally, I would rather watch The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water a hundred times than sit through just the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. If Fifty Shades of Grey becomes the biggest hit of the month, it will mrean the end of civilization. Because. I. Will. End. Civilization. Last February was mostly mediocre, except for The LEGO Movie which was a huge early year hit. There's no chance any film opening this month will match The LEGO Movie; the top two films likely won't match The LEGO Movie. Because of this, 2015 will need to rely on depth to come out ahead. I'm not sure how likely that will be.
January 26th, 2015
The Screen Actors Guild winners were announced Sunday and there were some surprises, mostly in the negative. Birdman picked up the biggest prize, but there were six different winners in the six categories.
January 17th, 2015
The Oscar nominations were announced early in the morning, when all sensible people were asleep. There were some surprises, as well as some results that would have been surprises had it not been for the previous Awards Season nominations. Seventeen films earned two or more nods, led by Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, both of which picked up nine nominations, while The Imitation Game was right behind with eight.
January 16th, 2015
It is a really, really bad weekend to release a limited release. Not only do fans of art house cinema have a lot of films to choose from, but many of them are busy talking about the Oscar nominations, which were just announced. Even so, there are about a dozen limited releases on this week's list. I seriously doubt most of them will do well enough to make a real impact on the box office. There is one exception, as Still Alice is earning great reviews and even picked up a number of major nominations this Awards Season.
January 12th, 2015
We are still waiting for the DGA nominations to be announced, but we had the first major awards show on Sunday. The Golden Globes winners were announced Sunday night and while there were not a lot of surprises, there are some things worth talking about. Leading the way with three wins was Boyhood, while Birdman and The Theory of Everything each picked up a pair of wins.
January 11th, 2015
The BAFTA nominations were announced yesterday and unlike most other Awards Season voters, the BAFTA voters gave us some real surprises. For instance, Birdman didn't lead the way. In fact, it was a comedy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, that earned the most nominations at 11. Granted, Birdman and The Theory of Everything were tied for second place with ten each, but it is still strange to see a comedy leading the way.
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 10th, 2014
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced Wednesday morning. Are there surprises worth mentioning? Is the Oscar picture beginning to take shape? Like with the Independent Spirit Awards, Birdman led the way this time earning four nominations from six categories, while Boyhood, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything had three nods each.
December 6th, 2014
The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last week and I'm getting to them a little late, because I needed to organize the whole Awards Season stories. Firstly, I've decided to use the year the movies were released not the year the awards are handed out, unlike what we did last year. This means both will have 2014 as the year. Not ideal, but it is better to fix the mistake now than carry on making it. Secondly, the headlines are just going to be the name of the Awards and either nominations or winners. This will make it easier for readers to find later on. As for the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, Birdman led the way with 6 nods, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma were right behind with 5 each.
December 5th, 2014
There are two films opening in limited release this week that have a chance of picking up Awards Season nominations. Wild is earning the better reviews, but it is also one of the widest limited releases of the week. Still Alice is only having an Oscar-qualifying run, which means it might not put a lot of advertising into selling movie tickets until its regular release in January.
January 31st, 2014
After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace.
January 26th, 2014
Carrie is a remake of of the 1976 film of the same name. The original Carrie is considered a classic horror film and the movie that brought Stephen King immense fame. Horror remakes have done poorly recently and this film was no different. However, was it a bad remake? Or has the public perception of horror remakes unfairly hurt this film at the box office? Does it do enough new to make it worth watching? Or is it yet another unnecessary remake?
October 18th, 2013
There are two wide releases this week, Carrie and Escape Plan. However, neither film is earning critical praise and neither film is expected to be a breakout hit. There is a third film opening semi-wide, The Fifth Estate, but despite being clearly made for Oscars, its reviews are worse than the two more mainstream releases. It looks like Gravity will have no trouble earning the hat trick at the box office. It should also earn more than last year's winner, Paranormal Activity 4. Unfortunately, last year had much better depth than this year will have, so 2013 will likely lose yet again in the year-over-year comparison.
October 1st, 2013
October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth.
September 3rd, 2013
It's a really slow week on the home market. There's only one first-run release of note, Now You See Me, while the best-selling TV on DVD release is from the CW, The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season. That doesn't mean there are no new releases worth picking up. In fact, there are a couple of contenders for Pick of the Week. Blancanieves is one such contender, but while the DVD or Blu-ray is worth picking up, I think the target audience is a little too limited for Pick of the Week. Instead, that honor goes to From Up on Poppy Hill on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
September 1st, 2013
August ended, and we should be very grateful for that. Lee Daniels' The Butler was a surprise hit, while We're the Millers did better than expected. However, most other films that were expected to be solid hits failed to live up to expectations. Fortunately, August of 2012 was even worse, so 2013 regained the lead on the year-to-year comparison during the month. Looking forward, there is exactly one film that will likely become more than a midlevel hit in September: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. That film has a chance to reach $100 million in total. Most of the rest of the new releases will be lucky if they get halfway there. Fortunately, September of 2012 was even worse. Hotel Transylvania was a surprise hit, earning nearly $150 million, and there were a few others that topped $50 million, but there were also several outright bombs. If we can avoid those types of bombs, then 2013 should continue its winning streak.
June 30th, 2013
6 Souls was made in 2008, but only started earning a few international releases in 2010 and came out in limited release and Video on Demand domestically earlier this year. This is a bad sign. Was there a reason the film wasn't able to earn a release date? Or is this an undiscovered gem?
June 17th, 2013
Movie 43 earned some of the worst reviews of the year so far, with many critics calling it the worst movie they've ever seen. When I got the chance to review the movie, I jumped at it. I had to know if it was really as bad as its reviews. It couldn't possible be, right?
March 26th, 2013
The Shipping News came out in 2001, but despite its hefty budget and its strong cast, the film didn't open wide and struggled to expand significantly. Granted, opening in "select theaters" is arguably the hardest release strategy to pull off, so its struggles are not surprising. If it had opened wide, would it have thrived? Or would it have struggled no matter what?
January 6th, 2013
The 2008 presidential campaign was a strange story. It was the first time in more than 50 years there would be no incumbent on either ticket and this meant both the Democrats and the Republicans had open primaries and this meant there were lots of contenders and lots of drama. One could write dozens of books and movies about the various stories of the 2008 campaign. Game Change tells one of many stories from that election focusing on McCain's decision to pick Sarah Palin as their Vice Presidential candidate. Is it worth checking out if you are a political junkie? Is it worth checking out even if you are not?
|11/20/2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2||President Alma Coin||$201,091,347||$242,400,000||$443,491,347|
|2/27/2015||Maps to the Stars||Havana Segrand||$350,741||$375,738||$726,479|
|2/6/2015||Seventh Son||Mother Malkin||$17,223,265||$93,400,000||$110,623,265|
|1/16/2015||Still Alice||Dr. Alice Howland||$18,656,400||$23,043,212||$41,699,612|
|11/21/2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||President Coin||$337,135,885||$372,500,000||$709,635,885|
|5/17/2013||The English Teacher||Linda Sinclair||$104,810||$0||$104,810|
|5/3/2013||What Maisie Knew||Susanna||$1,065,000||$0||$1,065,000|
|1/8/2013||Game Change||Sarah Palin||$0||$0||$0|
|3/2/2012||Being Flynn||Jody Flynn||$540,152||$599,554||$1,139,706|
|7/29/2011||Crazy, Stupid, Love||Emily Weaver||$84,351,197||$62,791,131||$147,142,328|
|3/11/2011||Elektra Luxx||Virgin Mary||$11,514||$0||$11,514|
|7/9/2010||The Kids Are All Right||Jules||$20,811,365||$15,464,104||$36,275,469|
|12/11/2009||A Single Man||$9,176,000||$18,966,379||$28,142,379|
|11/27/2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||$337,356||$0||$337,356|
|9/25/2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||$33,745||$0||$33,745|
|5/28/2008||Savage Grace||Barbara Daly Baekeland||$434,417||$534,388||$968,805|
|11/21/2007||I'm Not There||Alice||$4,017,609||$8,380,004||$12,397,613|
|12/25/2006||Children of Men||Julian||$35,327,768||$34,301,012||$69,628,780|
|8/18/2006||Trust the Man||Rebecca||$1,530,535||$1,017,843||$2,548,378|
|9/30/2005||The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio||Evelyn Ryan||$627,844||$0||$627,844|
|9/24/2004||The Forgotten||Telly Paretta||$66,711,892||$50,500,000||$117,211,892|
|4/30/2004||Laws of Attraction||Audrey||$17,848,322||$12,100,000||$29,948,322|
|11/8/2002||Far From Heaven||Cathy Whitaker||$15,901,849||$13,126,065||$29,027,914|
|12/25/2001||The Shipping News||Wavey||$11,405,825||$13,000,000||$24,405,825|
|10/13/2000||The Ladies Man||Audrey||$13,592,872||$126,602||$13,719,474|
|12/3/1999||A Map of the World||Theresa Collins||$544,538||$0||$544,538|
|12/3/1999||The End of the Affair||Sarah Miles||$10,660,147||$0||$10,660,147|
|6/18/1999||An Ideal Husband||Mrs. Laura Cheveley||$18,542,974||$12,798,209||$31,341,183|
|4/2/1999||Cookie's Fortune||Cora Duvall||$10,919,177||$0||$10,919,177|
|9/11/1998||Chicago Cab||Distraught Woman||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|3/6/1998||The Big Lebowski||Maude Lebowski||$17,439,163||$28,690,764||$46,129,927|
|10/10/1997||Boogie Nights||Amber Waves||$26,384,919||$16,700,954||$43,085,873|
|9/17/1997||The Myth of Fingerprints||Mia||$505,828||$0||$505,828|
|5/22/1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Dr. Sarah Harding||$229,074,524||$389,552,320||$618,626,844|
|9/20/1996||Surviving Picasso||Dora Maar||$1,985,001||$0||$1,985,001|
|7/12/1995||Nine Months||Rebecca Taylor||$69,590,987||$68,825,698||$138,416,685|
|10/19/1994||Vanya on 42nd Street||Yelena||$1,746,000||$0||$1,746,000|
|10/1/1993||Short Cuts||Marian Wyman||$6,110,979||$0||$6,110,979|
|8/6/1993||The Fugitive||Dr. Anne Eastman||$172,494,360||$169,839,557||$342,333,917|
|4/16/1993||Benny & Joon||Ruthie||$23,202,734||$0||$23,202,734|
|1/15/1993||Body of Evidence||Sharon Dulaney||$13,734,039||$0||$13,734,039|
|8/21/1992||A Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag||$3,591,460||$0||$3,591,460|
|1/10/1992||The Hand That Rocks the Cradle||Marlene Craven||$88,036,683||$0||$88,036,683|
|5/4/1990||Tales from the Darkside: The Movie||Susan||$15,405,624||$0||$15,405,624|