|As an Actor||(Unclassified)||2||$23,308,016||$0||$23,308,016|
|In Technical Roles||Director||15||$172,300,894||$233,977,577||$406,278,471|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $406,278,471 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #313)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Ninth Gate (Director), The Ninth Gate (Producer), The Ninth Gate (Screenwriter), Rosemary's Baby (Director), Carnage (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Man with Knife (Chinatown), Detective Jacques (Rush Hour 3), Himself (Grosse Fatigue)|
|Most productive collaborators: Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, Frank Langella, Enrique Urbizu, James Russo|
June 20th, 2014
There are a dozen limited releases on this week's list, including five films that are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Unfortunately, I don't think any of them will be monster hits. There's a Code Black, documentary, which is a genre that rarely finds breakout success. There's Coherence, a high concept Sci-fi movie that will likely be too out there to find an audience. Norte, the End of History, a four-hour foreign-language film, which will reduce its target demographic and the number of screenings that can be shown. A Summer Tale, a French film from 1996, which is making its theatrical debut. And finally Venus and Fur, which is probably going to be the biggest limited release hit of the weekend, but I really doubt it will expand wide enough to find a measure of mainstream success.
January 31st, 2014
After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace.
November 22nd, 2013
This week's list of limited releases is kind of mixed. Frozen is coming out this week for a prestige opening before expanding wide on Wednesday and it is virtually guaranteed box office success. On the other hand, most of the rest of the films are documentaries, which almost never have breakout success. Every documentary on this list looks interesting, but of the non-Frozen releases, I think Philomena has the best shot at box office success.
|11/22/2013||Weekend of a Champion||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|8/10/2007||Rush Hour 3||Detective Jacques||$140,125,968||$116,459,914||$256,585,882|
|6/21/1974||Chinatown||Man with Knife||$23,169,837||$0||$23,169,837|
|9/23/2014||The Tragedy of Macbeth||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|6/20/2014||La Venus a la fourrure||Screenwriter,|
|11/22/2013||Weekend of a Champion||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|2/19/2010||The Ghost Writer||Director||$15,541,549||$49,990,942||$65,532,491|
|3/10/2000||The Ninth Gate||Producer,|
|12/23/1994||Death and the Maiden||Director||$2,905,642||$0||$2,905,642|