|As an Actor||Supporting||1||$24,006,726||$10,800,000||$34,806,726|
|In Technical Roles||Director||8||$28,555,904||$22,030,218||$50,586,122|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 8 films, with $50,586,122 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,007)|
|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)|
|Most productive collaborators: Ben Stiller, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Wes Anderson, Chris Rock|
2015 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III - Limited Releases, Foreign Films, Classics, and Canadian Films
December 13th, 2015
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...
August 14th, 2015
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.
June 30th, 2015
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.
June 29th, 2015
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?
April 28th, 2015
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.
April 1st, 2015
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.
March 29th, 2015
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 millionĖ$200 million into each film and hoping for a $500 million-plus global hit. Thatís made doubly-difficult when youíre operating as a standalone entity and canít 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 Pandaís $60 million start in 2008.
March 27th, 2015
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.
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.
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.
|12/10/2004||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Phillip||$24,006,726||$10,800,000||$34,806,726|
|10/6/1995||Kicking and Screaming||Danny||$718,490||$0||$718,490|
|12/31/2016||The Emperor's Children||Screenwriter||$0||$0||$0|
|3/27/2015||While We're Young||Producer,|
|6/8/2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Screenwriter||$216,391,482||$530,529,789||$746,921,271|
|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|