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Noah Baumbach

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 9 films, with $857,636,874 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #221)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Screenwriter), The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Screenwriter), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Screenwriter), While We're Young (Director), While We're Young (Screenwriter)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Phillip (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), Danny (Kicking and Screaming), Arliss (Mr. Jealousy)
Most productive collaborators: Ben Stiller, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Wes Anderson, Chris Rock

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Box Office
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As an ActorSupporting1$24,006,726$10,800,000$34,806,726
In Technical RolesScreenwriter9$275,551,021$582,085,853$857,636,874

Limited and VOD Releases: Don’t Waste this Opportunity to see a Limited Release

October 13th, 2017

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

The two biggest limited releases in terms of buzz, Breathe and Goodbye Christopher Robin, both failed to live up to expectations with critics and likely won’t have long legs at the box office. On the other hand, there are several documentaries worth checking out, like 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, The Departure, Human Flow, and Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. More...

2015 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III - Limited Releases, Foreign Films, Classics, and Canadian Films

December 13th, 2015

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki

The third installment of the Holiday Gift Guide focuses on smaller releases, movies that opened in limited release, foreign films, classics getting new releases, and a few Canadian films. This year the list looks different to the previous guides for a simple reason. While there were only eight releases on the TV on DVD installment of the holiday gift guide, the first pass had more than 30 films on this list. I tried trimming the list, but that resulted in me remembering more films I wanted to add to it. Even after getting rid of the ones that won't be released until after Christmas, like Bone Tomahawk, there are still way too many releases to deal with. So let's not delay anymore and get to the list, starting with the biggest release... More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Final Releases

August 14th, 2015

Final Girl

It is both a very busy week with nearly a dozen releases on this week's list and a disappointing one. The slate of new releases is really weak, with only Mistress America having a decent shot at box office success. There are a couple of other releases that have the reviews to do well, but are playing on VOD. Of these, People Places Things is my choice for Video on Demand Pick of the Week, although I'm hoping Final Girl is better than its early reviews would indicate. More...

Home Market Releases for June 30th, 2015

June 30th, 2015

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

There's a short list this week, for two reasons. Firstly, there's not a lot of new releases worth mentioning. Secondly, I really have to concentrate on the July preview (look for that on the site tomorrow). The biggest release of the week is clearly Get Hard, but it was not the best. As for the best, there are two that jump out: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Blu-ray) and The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection (DVD or Blu-ray). Both are top-notch picks, but I went with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: While We're Young

June 29th, 2015

While We're Young

While We're Young is the latest film from writer / director Noah Baumbach. He has a great streak going by his Tomatometer Scores and this film earned 84% positive reviews. However, the audience score is only 58% positive. That dichotomy is a bit troubling. Is this film designed to wow critics, but will leave the average moviegoer cold? More...

Per Theater Chart: Calm Before the Storm

April 28th, 2015

Felix et Meira poster

There were no films in the $10,000 club this week and no new releases really came close. The closest was Full Moon in Paris, which rose 58% from last weekend to $7,987, still in one theater. Felix et Meira was next with an average of $6,590 after expanding from one to four theaters. Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll was the biggest new release with an average of $6,402 in three theaters over the weekend for an average of $8,465 from Wednesday to Sunday. More...

Per Theater Chart: Young and Healthy

April 1st, 2015

While We're Young poster

While We're Young has set a new record for 2015 earning the best per theater average for a film that opened in 2015 with an average of $56,922 in four theaters. The most negative thing you can say about this result was that it wasn't that unexpected, as several Noah Baumbach films have earned similar opening weekend per theaters averages. Up next was the first of two wide releases in the $10,000 club, Home, with an average of $14,053. The Salt of the Earth earned an average of $11,234 in four theaters. This is excellent for a documentary. The final film in the $10,000 club was the second wide release on this week's list, Get Hard, which pulled in an average of $10,647. More...

Weekend Estimates: Home has Best Dreamworks Animation Debut in Six Years

March 29th, 2015

Home poster

DreamWorks Animation has been having a tough time of it recently. Aside from How to Train Your Dragon 2, their last three films, Penguins of Madagascar, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Turbo were all financial failures, and, as an animation house, they are stuck with a business model that demands putting $100 million–$200 million into each film and hoping for a $500 million-plus global hit. That’s made doubly-difficult when you’re operating as a standalone entity and can’t fall back on the wider resources of the studio during hard times.

The opening weekend for Home, projected at $54 million, according to distributor Fox, is therefore very welcome news indeed. It marks the best opening by a non-sequel for the production house since Monsters vs. Aliens opened with $59.3 million on this weekend in 2009, and the third-best non-sequel debut in their history behind that film and Kung Fun Panda’s $60 million start in 2008. More...

Limited Releases: Feeling Serene

March 27th, 2015

Serena poster

It's a pretty good week as far as limited releases are concerned with a number of them earning excellent reviews. Unfortunately, the biggest in terms of cast and theater count is Serena, but its reviews are among the worst of the week. Hopefully films like Serena (Reviews) or Man from Reno (Reviews) can pick up the slack. More...

Weekend Estimates: Star Treks into Mehness

May 19th, 2013

Paramount downplayed talk of a $100 million opening weekend for Star Trek Into Darkness, and the results for the weekend show that they were right to do so. The film is predicted to earn $70.5 million over the three-day weekend for a total of $84.1 million after four days. That compares to a three-day opening of $79.2 million for the previous Star Trek outing, which means the franchise is essentially treading water in spite of generally good reviews and enthusiasm among its core audience. This clearly won't be the breakout into super-blockbuster territory that some were hoping for, although it should set a franchise record thanks to improved international numbers. More...

Limited Releases Will Make You Laugh

May 17th, 2013

I mentioned last week that every summer there is usually one limited release that has break out success and expands, if not wide, at least wide enough to earn a real measure of mainstream success. This week, we have that first film that might reach that level of success. Frances Ha not only has the best reviews on this week's list, but it also has an impressive pedigree. There are also a couple foreign language films that might find an audience on the art house circuit, Augustine and Pieta, but their chances to expand significantly are much more limited. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
12/10/2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Phillip  $24,006,726 $10,800,000 $34,806,726
6/5/1998 Mr. Jealousy Arliss  $287,752 $0 $287,752
10/6/1995 Kicking and Screaming Danny  $718,490 $0 $718,490
Movies: 3Totals:$25,012,968$10,800,000$35,812,968
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12/31/2018 Madagascar 4 Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
10/13/2017 The Meyerowitz Stories (New and… Director,
$0 $0 $0
12/31/2016 The Emperor's Children Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
6/10/2016 De Palma Director,
$165,237 $2,805 $168,042
8/14/2015 Mistress America Director,
$2,500,431 $1,632,695 $4,133,126
3/27/2015 While We're Young Screenwriter,
$7,582,065 $5,841,111 $13,423,176
5/17/2013 Frances Ha Director,
$4,067,398 $7,200,113 $11,267,511
6/8/2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Screenwriter $216,391,482 $530,529,789 $746,921,271
3/19/2010 Greenberg Director $4,234,170 $3,128,812 $7,362,982
11/13/2009 The Fantastic Mr. Fox Screenwriter $21,002,919 $26,082,145 $47,085,064
11/16/2007 Margot at the Wedding Director $1,958,977 $408,798 $2,367,775
10/5/2005 The Squid and the Whale Director $7,372,734 $3,818,689 $11,191,423
12/10/2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Screenwriter $24,006,726 $10,800,000 $34,806,726
10/6/1995 Kicking and Screaming Director $718,490 $0 $718,490
Movies: 14Totals:$290,000,629$589,444,957$879,445,586