|As an Actor||Leading||8||$282,031,331||$323,119,622||$605,150,953|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$36,674,154||$27,326,601||$64,000,755|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||2||$28,972,162||$26,744,678||$55,716,840|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 30 films, with $2,239,473,711 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #863)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Merrill Hess (Signs), Commodus (Gladiator), Johnny Cash (Walk the Line), Lucius Hunt (The Village), Kenai (Brother Bear)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: We Own the Night (Producer), I'm Still Here (Producer), I'm Still Here (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: M. Night Shyamalan, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott, James Mangold|
January 1st, 2015
2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic.
December 12th, 2014
We are deep into Awards season with three major awards nominations already handed out. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of limited releases coming out this week that will be part of Awards Season. Inherent Vice is the biggest release of the week, but its reviews are only good and not great, while there are a lot of great films in theaters at the moment.
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.
May 16th, 2014
There are a number of films on this week's list that could find audience in theaters, including Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, Chinese Puzzle, The Discoverers, Horses of God, etc. However, if I were to pick just one, it would be The Immigrant. It has amazing reviews and strong buzz.
January 1st, 2014
It's the first month of the new year, but the biggest hit might be a film released in December. Last month ended on a slow note with all five Christmas day releases failing to become hits, some more than others. (It's a little too soon to tell if The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will do well enough to break even any time soon, but neither is a serious hit.) There are still some December releases that will likely remain on the charts through the opening weekends of January, while there are some films that opened in limited release last month with a scheduled wide release this month. Of the purely January releases, I would guess Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the biggest hit. Even then, it won't live up to the previous films in the franchise, even if you don't take inflation into account. Most of the rest of the new releases will be happy if they can become midlevel hits. Last January was led by Mama, which earned more than $70 million. I think Shadow Recruit will top that figure at the box office, while there are a similar number of likely box office bombs opening this year as there were last year. 2014 could start out ahead of 2013's pace, but it likely won't be a huge difference either way.
December 20th, 2013
There are not a huge number of limited releases on this week's list, but all of the ones that have more than a few reviews on Rotten Tomatoes have outstanding reviews. Her isn't earning the best reviews, but it does have the best combined reviews and buzz and has the best shot at mainstream success. The Past could also expand wide enough to earn some measure of mainstream success, if it can translate its reviews into Awards Season glory.
December 14th, 2013
Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces.
March 10th, 2013
This week there are three Disney Blu-ray Double-Shots coming out. This includes one that I've previously reviewed on DVD, but two that I missed the first time around. Each film includes a major theatrical release, plus the direct-to-DVD sequels. How many of the theatrical releases are worth owning? Are any of the direct-to-DVD sequels worth picking up? Are the double-shots worth the money?
February 21st, 2013
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. This week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Lead Actor. This category is not truly competitive, but I'm supporting an underdog.
January 10th, 2013
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions.
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.
|12/31/2017||Far Bright Star||$0||$0||$0|
|12/12/2014||Inherent Vice||Larry "Doc" Sportello||$8,110,975||$581,923||$8,692,898|
|5/16/2014||The Immigrant||Bruno Weiss||$2,013,456||$5,571,555||$7,585,011|
|9/14/2012||The Master||Freddie Quell||$16,247,159||$42,544,852||$58,792,011|
|9/10/2010||I'm Still Here||$408,983||$0||$408,983|
|10/19/2007||Reservation Road||Ethan Learner||$101,440||$16,500,000||$16,601,440|
|10/12/2007||We Own the Night||Bobby Green||$28,563,179||$26,744,678||$55,307,857|
|11/18/2005||Walk the Line||Johnny Cash||$119,519,402||$68,188,093||$187,707,495|
|10/29/2004||It's All About Love||John||$5,494||$0||$5,494|
|10/1/2004||Ladder 49||Jack Morrison||$74,541,707||$27,791,141||$102,332,848|
|7/30/2004||The Village||Lucius Hunt||$114,197,520||$143,444,114||$257,641,634|
|7/25/2003||Buffalo Soldiers||Ray Elwood||$353,743||$0||$353,743|
|10/20/2000||The Yards||Willie Gutierrez||$882,710||$1,400,000||$2,282,710|
|9/25/1998||Clay Pigeons||Clay Bidwell||$1,793,359||$463,247||$2,256,606|
|8/14/1998||Return to Paradise||Lewis||$8,352,677||$0||$8,352,677|
|10/3/1997||U-Turn||Toby N. Tucker||$6,690,074||$0||$6,690,074|
|4/4/1997||Inventing the Abbots||Doug Holt||$5,926,128||$0||$5,926,128|
|9/27/1995||To Die For||Jimmy Emmett||$21,284,514||$6,404,230||$27,688,744|
|9/10/2010||I'm Still Here||Screenwriter,|
|10/12/2007||We Own the Night||Producer||$28,563,179||$26,744,678||$55,307,857|