|As an Actor||Leading||21||$396,962,442||$200,992,780||$597,955,222|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$95,015,935||$74,472,108||$169,488,043|
|In Technical Roles||Director||4||$820,635||$204,769||$1,025,404|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 21 films, with $597,955,222 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #334)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Goodnight Robicheaux (The Magnificent Seven), James Sindin (The Purge), Ellison Oswalt (Sinister), Jake Hoyt (Training Day), Todd Anderson (Dead Poets Society)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Before Midnight (Screenwriter), Seymour: An Introduction (Director), Chelsea Walls (Director), The Hottest State (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, James DeMonaco, Jason Blum, Roger Birnbaum|
October 21st, 2016
Several films coming out this week are earning nearly unanimously positive reviews. This includes a few documentaries, but also a couple of narrative films that have a shot at some box office success. Moonlight is clearly aiming to win awards and it might do so. The Handmaiden should help grow Chan-wook Park’s fanbase here.
August 24th, 2016
There are not many major hits on this week’s list, but there are several releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week. This includes TV on DVD releases like Ash vs The Evil Dead: Season 1 (DVD or Blu-ray), as well as limited releases like Maggie’s Plan (DVD or Blu-ray). However, in the end I went with The Nice Guys on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
July 27th, 2016
It’s a rather shallow week on the home market with the biggest release being Batman: The Killing Joke, which is a hot mess. More on that below. As for the best new release of the week, there are a handful of releases that were contenders for Pick of the Week, including Barbershop: The Next Cut, Deadline U.S.A., and Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVI. In the end, I picked Sing Street on Blu-ray for that title.
May 20th, 2016
It's a slow week for limited releases with the total films on this week's list in the single-digits. Of these, only Maggie's Plan is likely going to be a hit in theaters. There are a few others that could do well on the home market.
March 25th, 2016
It is a relatively good week for limited releases with a few films earning stunning reviews. This includes Born to be Blue, which I think has the best shot at mainstream success. April and the Extraordinary World and Mia madre also have a chance at doing well in limited release.
May 15th, 2015
This week's list of limited releases is shorter than usual, as I needed to get the home market numbers done. On the other hand, there are only six or so films earning great reviews and / or any amount of buzz, so there's not much you are missing. Good Kill could be the biggest hit, at least for a week before it goes to Video on Demand. Others, like Slow West, are already playing on Video on Demand.
March 13th, 2015
We have a mixed bag of limited releases this weekend. There are some good films, like It Follows, which has good reviews, but is the wrong genre for a limited release. However, there are a couple of limited releases could find an audience, like The Wrecking Crew and Seymour: An Introduction, but neither is expected to expand wide enough to find much mainstream success.
February 12th, 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 supporting actor categories, finishing with Best Supporting Actor. Like the Best Supporting Actress category, Best Supporting Actor isn't even close and one of the five nominees is absolutely running away with things.
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 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.
February 25th, 2014
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 will look at the two writing categories, ending with Best Adapted Screenplay. This race is about as uncompetitive as it can be with nearly all analysts agreeing on the likely winner.
January 16th, 2014
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises.
January 5th, 2014
WGAs announced their nominations this weekend and there were a couple of surprises to talk about. The top of that list is 12 Years a Slave, which was deemed ineligible because it wasn't written under WGA jurisdiction. This makes using the WGAs as an Oscar guide less reliable. On the other hand, several Oscar favorites showed up as well, including American Hustle, Nebraska, and others that have picked up major nominations this year.
December 21st, 2013
PANIC! If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, it is officially time to panic. Personally, I got the last of my shopping done on Wednesday, although I don't think the gift will arrive in time for Christmas. For those still looking for a last minute gift, Part IV of our Holiday Gift Guide focuses on books, CDs, and of course anything else I missed the first time around, beginning with...
November 28th, 2013
Independent Spirit Award started the Awards Season this week, handing out its nominations. 12 Years a Slave led the way with seven nominations, but it wasn't the only film to pick up multiple nominations.
October 21st, 2013
This week on the home market is... well... it's short. Last week, according to Amazon.com, there were 459 new releases or reissues. This week there are 161. Fortunately, there are a few releases of note, including The Conjuring, which pulled in more than $300 million worldwide on a production budget of just $20 million. Fortunately, it really deserved this success and the DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack are contenders for Pick of the Week. Other contenders include Before Midnight on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and The Way Way Back on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. In the end, it was literally a coin toss and The Conjuring won.
August 1st, 2013
July was hit and miss at the box office, mostly miss. In fact, only two films really topped expectations, Despicable Me 2 and The Conjuring. That said, 2013 has nearly closed the gap with 2012 and it won't take much to pull ahead. Looking forward to August, we find that it is a very busy month with 16 or so films opening wide over five weeks. Of course, the closer you get to September, the more likely these films will struggle to find an audience, and more often than not, there are simply too many films opening wide to suspect they will all find an audience. On the high end, 2 Guns could be the biggest hit of the month with just over $100 million. The Smurfs 2 and Elysium could pull in $100 million. All three of those films are opening in the first two weeks of the month. After that, most of the new releases will be lucky if they reach $50 million during their theatrical runs. By comparison, last August was not as busy with 14 wide releases. Of those, only one film, The Bourne Legacy, topped $100 million, although a couple came reasonably close. Hopefully we will have more $100 million hits this time around and 2013 will be able to complete the comeback.
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.
February 19th, 2013
Sinister is a horror film that opened early in October. Its early reviews were incredible, but by the time it opened its Tomatometer Score fell to just over the overall positive level. This suggests the studio was able to show the film to genre critics, who were more likely to give the film a positive review, before the overall community saw it. I don't begrudge them for doing this. After all, it makes total sense for the studio to want the early good reviews and the genre critics are the ones mostly likely to jump at the chance to review a horror film. And in the end, it still earned good reviews. But does this mean it will be seen as a classic by fans of the genre and only okay by others? And is an okay horror film still worth picking up for casual fans of the genre.
October 1st, 2012
2012 continues its downward path. After a record-breaking spring, thanks to The Hunger Games, and a record-breaking start to the summer, thanks to The Avengers, the box office hasn't been able to maintain any real momentum. For most of the month, September was no better than August and now the year-over-year gains are just a little more than inflation. October will need to improve or 2012 will be in real trouble. Unfortunately, that might be tough. There's not a single film coming out in October that looks like it will be a guaranteed $100 million hit and there are only two films with a realistic chance, Taken 2 and Paranormal Activity 4. (There's also Cloud Atlas, which is a wild card. That movie could bomb or be the biggest hit of the month and I wouldn't be surprised either way.) There is a chance all three will get to the century mark, but there's a better chance none of them will. Last October, two films cracked $100 million: Paranormal Activity 3 and Puss in Boots, with the latter nearly reaching $150 million. I don't see any film coming close to matching that figure. On the other hand, last year there were six films that one could accurately describe as bombs. So while 2012 is weaker at the top, it could have better depth than 2011 did. Let's hope so, because we can't afford more bad news.
|7/21/2017||Valerian and the City of a Thousand P…||$0||$0||$0|
|10/21/2016||In a Valley of Violence||Paul||$53,647||$0||$53,647|
|9/23/2016||The Magnificent Seven||Goodnight Robicheaux||$93,427,848||$66,335,135||$159,762,983|
|5/20/2016||Maggie's Plan||John Harding||$3,351,735||$2,107,607||$5,459,342|
|3/4/2016||Born to Be Blue||Chet Baker||$755,153||$699,104||$1,454,257|
|8/21/2015||Sinister 2||Ellison Oswalt||$27,740,955||$26,363,270||$54,104,225|
|5/15/2015||Good Kill||Major Tom Egan||$317,072||$386,308||$703,380|
|3/13/2015||Seymour: An Introduction||Himself||$729,744||$204,769||$934,513|
|11/7/2014||21 Years: Richard Linklater||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|6/7/2013||The Purge||James Sindin||$64,473,115||$26,793,466||$91,266,581|
|6/15/2012||The Woman in the Fifth||Tom||$107,921||$95,492||$203,413|
|10/16/2009||New York, I Love You||Writer||$1,588,087||$8,136,973||$9,725,060|
|12/12/2008||What Doesn't Kill You||$0||$45,370||$45,370|
|10/26/2007||Before the Devil Knows You're Dead||Hank||$7,085,511||$17,823,577||$24,909,088|
|8/24/2007||The Hottest State||Vince||$31,216||$0||$31,216|
|11/17/2006||Fast Food Nation||Pete||$1,005,539||$0||$1,005,539|
|9/16/2005||Lord of War||Valentine||$24,149,632||$36,288,095||$60,437,727|
|1/19/2005||Assault On Precinct 13||Jake Roenick||$20,040,895||$16,000,000||$36,040,895|
|3/19/2004||Taking Lives||John Costa||$32,682,342||$31,550,021||$64,232,363|
|12/13/2002||The Jimmy Show||Ray||$703||$0||$703|
|10/5/2001||Training Day||Jake Hoyt||$76,261,036||$28,244,326||$104,505,362|
|12/24/1999||Snow Falling on Cedars||Ishmael Chambers||$14,378,353||$0||$14,378,353|
|10/15/1999||Joe the King||Len Coles||$60,279||$0||$60,279|
|7/16/1999||The Velocity of Gary||Nat||$34,145||$0||$34,145|
|3/27/1998||The Newton Boys||Jess Newton||$10,341,093||$0||$10,341,093|
|1/30/1998||Great Expectations||Finnegan Bell||$26,333,044||$29,073,394||$55,406,438|
|4/28/1995||Search and Destroy||Roger||$389,731||$0||$389,731|
|9/14/1994||Quiz Show||Student (uncredited)||$24,787,282||$0||$24,787,282|
|4/15/1994||White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf||Jack Conroy||$8,752,399||$0||$8,752,399|
|2/18/1994||Reality Bites||Troy Dyer||$20,079,850||$0||$20,079,850|
|8/16/1991||Mystery Date||Tom McHugh||$6,141,446||$0||$6,141,446|
|6/2/1989||Dead Poets Society||Todd Anderson||$95,860,116||$143,639,884||$239,500,000|
|3/13/2015||Seymour: An Introduction||Director||$729,744||$204,769||$934,513|
|8/24/2007||The Hottest State||Director||$31,216||$0||$31,216|