|As an Actor||Supporting||8||$175,549,590||$161,521,492||$337,071,082|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$49,876,377||$489,121||$50,365,498|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||2||$15,861,566||$222,744||$16,084,310|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 8 films, with $337,071,082 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #8,809)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Zack White (Non-Stop), Marty "Easy" Julian (Red Tails), Neil (The Secret Life of Bees), Henry Lowe (The Great Debaters), Nat Turner (The Birth of a Nation)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Birth of a Nation (Director), The Birth of a Nation (Screenwriter), The Birth of a Nation (Story Creator), The Birth of a Nation (Producer), Ghost Team One (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Liam Neeson, Jaume Collet-Serra, Julianne Moore, Christopher Roach, Scoot McNairy|
January 12th, 2017
The last of the Directors Guild of America nominations were announced and the Oscars are really shaping up to be a one-movie show. That movie is Deadpool. I’m joking of course, but it did get yet another nomination. At this point, it could earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination and I wouldn’t be surprised. The film that is dominating Awards Season is La La Land and frankly I’ve lost count of the number of nominations it has received.
October 1st, 2016
September is over and we should all be glad about that. Unless the final weekend brings a surprise $100 million hit or two, 2016’s lead over 2015 will shrink over the month. There were some bright spots, most notably Sully, which will be the biggest hit of the month. On the other hand, we had more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Sadly, October isn’t much better. There are a couple of films that could be $100 million hits, but most of the films will struggle to become midlevel hits. Both Inferno and The Girl on the Train are aiming for $100 million. One of them might get there too. If both get there, then October will be seen as a success. By comparison, last October was led by The Martian; however, because of a misalignment in the calendar, The Martian’s opening weekend actually lines up with the final weekend in September. It had great legs, so that will help 2015 early in the month, but the rest of the month was terrible last year and I think 2016 will come out ahead as a result.
October 31st, 2014
October was a better than expected month with the overall box office keeping pace with October of 2013, for the most part. (The last weekend will be terrible, but that's because of Halloween.) We were able to close the gap somewhat in the year-over-year comparison, at least by a little bit. So how will November do compared to October. Let's put it this way. There are only seven films opening wide this month. Of those, Beyond the Lights will likely not make an impact at the box office. Every other film has at least a reasonable shot at $100 million. More than half the of the films opening this month could hit $200 million. Leading the way will be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which could hit $400 million. The only problem is when book franchises split the final installment into two parts, the first part tends to be weaker at the box office. Interstellar is a big question mark. On the low end, it could make just over $100 million, while on the high end, just over $300 million is within reach. That's a wide range of expectations. On the downside, last November, there were two movies to reach $400 million: Catching Fire and Frozen. On the other hand, there was only one other movie to make more than $100 million, Thor: The Dark World, so perhaps the depth this year will help 2014 come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
|10/7/2016||The Birth of a Nation||Nat Turner||$15,861,566||$222,744||$16,084,310|
|5/15/2015||Every Secret Thing||Detective Jones||$103,536||$0||$103,536|
|11/14/2014||Beyond the Lights||Kaz Nicol||$14,618,727||$0||$14,618,727|
|8/16/2013||Ain't Them Bodies Saints||Sweetie||$391,611||$683,398||$1,075,009|
|8/10/2012||Red Hook Summer||Box||$338,803||$0||$338,803|
|1/20/2012||Red Tails||Marty "Easy" Julian||$49,876,377||$489,121||$50,365,498|
|10/17/2008||The Secret Life of Bees||Neil||$37,770,162||$2,213,861||$39,984,023|
|12/25/2007||The Great Debaters||Henry Lowe||$30,226,144||$35,149||$30,261,293|
|10/7/2016||The Birth of a Nation||Director,|
|10/11/2013||Ghost Team One||Executive Producer||$9,195||$0||$9,195|