|As an Actor||Leading||24||$971,184,059||$525,668,225||$1,496,852,284|
|Lead Ensemble Member||7||$572,634,007||$733,517,997||$1,306,152,004|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 24 films, with $1,496,852,284 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #140)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Baloo (The Jungle Book), Martin Heiss (Ghostbusters), Ice Pick (Dumb and Dumber To), Richard Campbell (The Monuments Men), Bosley (Charlie's Angels)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, Justin Marks, Idris Elba, Rudyard Kipling|
August 28th, 2016
The Jungle Book is the latest live-action remake of a classic Disney cartoon. The film is the third biggest domestic release of the year so far. (It just topped Deadpool this weekend.) It also earned 95% positive reviews. Is it truly one of the best films of 2016? Or am I going to be in the minority when it comes to this movie?
April 1st, 2016
March was a really good month, for the most part. There were a few bombs, but the two biggest films, Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both beat expectations by significant margins, so overall the box office was better than expected. Unfortunately, April is a mess, which makes prognosticating really tough. Every single week has at least one film that either moved, switched from wide to limited release, or disappeared entirely. The Jungle Book appears to be the biggest film of the year, but The Huntsman: Winter's War could also be a $100 million hit. Sadly, last April was led by Furious 7, which earned more than $350 million at the box office. That's very likely more than both The Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter's War will make combined. Worse still, there were only four weekends in April last year, meaning the month ends by going head-to-head with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the month ends, 2016's lead over 2015 might be gone. Let's hope it is not that bad.
October 1st, 2015
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.
May 31st, 2015
In a Summer already littered with franchise films, it’s good to see something original top the charts, even if it is something as rote as a disaster movie based on an earthquake in California. The $53.2 million projected opening for San Andreas is something of a triumph for Dwayne Johnson, who carries the film as its sole lead, unlike his contributions to the Furious 7 ensemble. With only the domestic opening numbers in, Johnson has already moved up to third on our top current stars list, and will most likely pass Vin Diesel for second place before San Andreas’ run is over.
February 16th, 2015
This is the best week on the home market in a long time. Game of Thrones is one of the best TV shows on at the moment, if not the best TV show, and its DVD and Blu-ray is Pick of the Week material. Additionally, there are a few potential Oscar winners hitting the home market this week as well. On the down side, there is not a lot of depth. Birdman, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and The Theory of Everything are all up for Oscars next weekend and all of them are worth picking up. Life Itself was snubbed by Oscar voters, but it too is a must have. However, in the end, I went with Game of Thrones for Pick of the Week.
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.
October 12th, 2014
Kingpin was not a hit when it was first released nearly 20 years ago. It earned mixed reviews and barely matched its production budget domestically. However, it became a huge cult hit on the home market. This week it comes out on Blu-ray for the first time. It is also the first time I've seen it. Was it worth the wait? Or was I smart skipping it the first time it came out?
October 10th, 2014
We have a rather long list of limited releases this week, but sadly only three of them are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Unfortunately, two of these films will likely not do well in theaters. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is a horror film, which is one strike against it, while it is also playing on Video on Demand. I Am Ali is a documentary, so it could do well in art house circuits, but its chances of expanding significantly are very limited. Finally there's Whiplash, which could lead the way on the Per Theater Chart.
June 28th, 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest film from auteur director, Wes Anderson, and it is also his biggest box office hit. I liked some of his earlier films, but after The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited, I didn't consider myself a fan of his work. Then I saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom and I loved both. Because of this, I was super excited to see The Grand Budapest Hotel and its box office success caused my expectations to rise even more. Did they rise too high? Is this Wes Anderson's best movie, as well as his biggest hit?
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.
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 7th, 2012
It is a really, really busy week for limited releases. However, of the more than a dozen films on this week's list, only one of them is earning overwhelmingly positive reviews, Wagner and Me. That film is a documentary, so even if it does perform well during its opening weekend, it likely won't find any mainstream success. All of the rest are either earning too few reviews to have a Tomatometer Score, or have overall negative reviews. Combined with the previously released Awards Season hopefuls, and there's too much competition for such weak films.
October 14th, 2012
I have seen nearly everything Wes Anderson has ever made and I've liked most of it. I was disappointed by The Darjeeling Limited, but loved The Fantastic Mr. Fox. His latest film is Moonrise Kingdom, a story of young love set in 1965 with an ensemble cast, including two newcomers in the central two roles. It became one of his biggest hits, but was it also one of his best?
|4/15/2016||The Jungle Book||Baloo||$364,001,123||$599,900,000||$963,901,123|
|12/31/2015||B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations||Addison Drake||$0||$0||$0|
|10/23/2015||Rock the Kasbah||Richie Lanz||$3,020,665||$336,605||$3,357,270|
|11/14/2014||Dumb and Dumber To||Ice Pick||$86,208,010||$55,000,000||$141,208,010|
|3/7/2014||The Grand Budapest Hotel||M. Ivan||$59,076,019||$105,274,390||$164,350,409|
|2/7/2014||The Monuments Men||Richard Campbell||$78,031,620||$80,671,128||$158,702,748|
|2/8/2013||A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles …||Saul||$35,586||$0||$35,586|
|12/7/2012||Hyde Park on Hudson||FDR||$6,376,145||$4,866,293||$11,242,438|
|5/25/2012||Moonrise Kingdom||Mr. Bishop||$45,512,466||$23,069,629||$68,582,095|
|5/6/2011||Passion Play||Happy Shannon||$3,669||$0||$3,669|
|11/13/2009||The Fantastic Mr. Fox||Badger||$21,002,919||$26,082,145||$47,085,064|
|5/1/2009||The Limits of Control||$426,688||$189,889||$616,577|
|10/10/2008||City of Ember||Mayor Cole||$7,871,693||$9,958,551||$17,830,244|
|6/20/2008||Get Smart||Agent 13||$130,319,208||$96,420,208||$226,739,416|
|9/29/2007||The Darjeeling Limited||Businessman||$11,902,715||$23,176,203||$35,078,918|
|6/16/2006||Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties||Garfield||$28,426,747||$119,558,626||$147,985,373|
|4/28/2006||The Lost City||The Writer||$2,484,186||$2,772,653||$5,256,839|
|8/5/2005||Broken Flowers||Don Johnston||$13,744,960||$27,000,000||$40,744,960|
|12/10/2004||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Steve Zissou||$24,006,726||$10,800,000||$34,806,726|
|5/14/2004||Coffee and Cigarettes||Bill Murray||$1,971,135||$1,758,671||$3,729,806|
|9/12/2003||Lost in Translation||Bob Harris||$44,585,453||$72,499,844||$117,085,297|
|12/14/2001||The Royal Tenenbaums||Raleigh St. Clair||$52,353,636||$19,077,240||$71,430,876|
|8/10/2001||Osmosis Jones||Frank Detorri||$13,596,911||$0||$13,596,911|
|5/5/2000||Michael Jordan to the MAX||Himself||$18,642,318||$0||$18,642,318|
|12/8/1999||Cradle Will Rock||Tommy Crickshaw||$2,899,970||$0||$2,899,970|
|3/20/1998||Wild Things||Ken Bowden||$29,795,299||$25,781,400||$55,576,699|
|11/14/1997||The Man Who Knew Too Little||Wallace Ritchie||$13,801,755||$0||$13,801,755|
|11/1/1996||Larger Than Life||Jack Corcoran||$8,295,903||$0||$8,295,903|
|9/30/1994||Ed Wood||Bunny Breckenridge||$5,828,466||$0||$5,828,466|
|3/5/1993||Mad Dog and Glory||Frank Milo||$10,688,490||$0||$10,688,490|
|2/12/1993||Groundhog Day||Phil Connors||$70,906,973||$0||$70,906,973|
|5/17/1991||What About Bob?||Bob "Bobby" Wiley||$63,710,000||$0||$63,710,000|
|6/16/1989||Ghostbusters II||Doctor Peter Venkman||$112,494,738||$103,005,262||$215,500,000|
|11/23/1988||Scrooged||Francis Xavier Cross||$59,450,353||$0||$59,450,353|
|2/5/1988||She's Having a Baby||Cameo at end (uncredited)||$16,031,707||$0||$16,031,707|
|12/19/1986||Little Shop of Horrors||Arthur Denton||$38,747,385||$0||$38,747,385|
|10/19/1984||The Razor's Edge||Larry Darrell||$6,600,000||$0||$6,600,000|
|6/8/1984||Ghostbusters||Doctor Peter Venkman||$242,212,467||$53,000,000||$295,212,467|
|4/25/1980||Where the Buffalo Roam||Dr. Hunter S. Thompson||$6,659,377||$0||$6,659,377|