|As an Actor||Supporting||15||$848,407,603||$806,066,098||$1,654,473,701|
|Lead Ensemble Member||6||$43,428,017||$28,392,091||$71,820,108|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||4||$54,951||$247,123||$302,074|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 49 films, with $2,481,339,822 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #752)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Justin Hammer (Iron Man 2), Darwin (G-Force), Doc (Cowboys and Aliens), Knox (Charlie's Angels), William "Wild Bill" Wharton (The Green Mile)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Don Verdean (Executive Producer), A Single Shot (Executive Producer), The Winning Season (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Gil Kenan, Jon Favreau, Rosemarie DeWitt, David Lindsay-Abaire, Jared Harris|
June 8th, 2016
The list of new home market releases isn't particularly long, but it includes Zootopia the best movie of the year, so it feels like an amazing week. It isn't the only contender for Pick of the Week this week, as Anomalisa, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Director's Cut, and others are also worth considering. The Martian: Extended Edition is also a must have, if you don't own it yet.
April 8th, 2016
It's not a good week for limited releases. Not only is it a short list this week, but none of them look like they will be a hit at the box office. Demolition is the widest release of the week, but it is too wide for a limited release. The Invitation is earning amazing reviews, but it is also playing on Video on Demand. Neon Bull is earning even better reviews, but it is a foreign-language film, so that limits its chances. The rest of the films are not earning strong enough reviews to suggest they will do well in limited release.
December 11th, 2015
Earlier this week, The Big Short picked up two SAG nominations and four Golden Globe nominations and now it is opening in limited release. It arguably has louder buzz than the rest of this week’s limited releases combined, and the reviews to back it up. Outside of this film, both The Boy and the World and The Girl in the Book deserve to find an audience.
May 1st, 2015
April is over and there was good news and bad news. Good news: Furious 7 crushed the competition, and broke records along the way. Bad news: Furious 7 crushed the competition and no other April release will earn as much in total as Furious 7 earned during its opening day. Fortunately, Furious 7 was so strong that it carried April of 2015 to a draw when compared to April of 2014. May has a lot of similarities to April. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to break records during its opening weekend and even the low end has it earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, no other film is going to come close to that figure. There are five other films with a potential to reach $100 million at the box office. The keyword there is "potential". There's a chance less than half of those five films will get to that milestone. And like last April, last May had much better depth with five films that reached $100 million, including four that surpassed $200 million. Age of Ultron will earn more than the combined totals of Maleficent, last month's winner, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which placed second for the month. I am a little concerned about the lack of depth this month and this could cause May to lose in the month-over-month comparison in the end.
March 6th, 2015
February 8th, 2015
Laggies is a film that opened in limited release earning much better buzz than most films do. It opened well, but struggled as it tried to expand. Then again, it is a romantic comedy and those rarely do well in limited release. Did it fail to find an audience because it is the wrong genre? Or did the word of mouth kill it?
October 24th, 2014
Last weekend, Birdman opened with Oscar-worthy reviews and it wasn't the only film that was expected to be a hit at the box office. This weekend, there are no such films. CitizenFour and Force Majeure are both earning Oscar buzz, but one's a documentary and the other is a foreign-language film, so neither are likely to expand significantly. This leaves Laggies as the film with the loudest buzz, even if its reviews suggest it might not thrive in limited release.
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 15th, 2013
The Way Way Back is written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. For most of their careers, they have been actors. However, they wrote the script for The Descendants, which won them an Oscar. This time around, they not only co-wrote the screenplay, but co-directed the film as well. Was The Descendants a fluke? Or do they have another critical darling on their hands?
September 20th, 2013
There are a few films on this week's list earning overwhelmingly positive reviews, including the The Wizard of Oz 3D re-release. This film might do well enough to reach the top ten. Rush opens in two theaters before expanding wide next weekend, so its per theater average is not as important, but could still do well. Enough Said is the big limited release hit of the week. The film has a lot of buzz, a sad real world story, and amazing reviews. It will likely come out on top.
November 28th, 2012
The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though.
October 13th, 2012
Everybody's Fine was one of the last films released by Miramax. It came out on the home market just as Blu-ray was taking over. However, it was only released on DVD. This week, the Blu-ray comes out, so I can update my previous review for its high definition debut. Is it worth the upgrade?
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.
|4/8/2016||Mr. Right||Mr. Right/Francis||$34,694||$363,209||$397,903|
|12/11/2015||Don Verdean||Don Verdean||$31,309||$0||$31,309|
|8/21/2015||Digging for Fire||Ray||$119,364||$0||$119,364|
|12/31/2014||Life at These Speeds||$0||$0||$0|
|4/18/2014||Loitering with Intent||Wayne||$0||$0||$0|
|3/14/2014||Better Living Through Chemistry||Doug Varney||$72,273||$0||$72,273|
|9/20/2013||A Single Shot||John Moon||$18,642||$0||$18,642|
|7/5/2013||The Way Way Back||Owen||$21,502,690||$5,351,120||$26,853,810|
|7/29/2011||Cowboys and Aliens||Doc||$100,240,551||$75,669,764||$175,910,315|
|9/3/2010||The Winning Season||Bill||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|5/7/2010||Iron Man 2||Justin Hammer||$312,433,331||$311,128,000||$623,561,331|
|12/5/2008||Frost/Nixon||James Reston Jr||$18,622,031||$9,830,914||$28,452,945|
|9/21/2007||The Assassination of Jesse James by t…||Charley Ford||$3,909,149||$11,404,482||$15,313,631|
|4/29/2005||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Zaphod Beeblebrox||$51,019,112||$51,727,102||$102,746,214|
|9/12/2003||Matchstick Men||Frank Mercer||$36,873,198||$22,292,102||$59,165,300|
|12/31/2002||Confessions of a Dangerous Mind||Chuck Barris||$16,007,718||$17,006,087||$33,013,805|
|10/4/2002||Welcome to Collinwood||Pero||$378,650||$0||$378,650|
|12/24/1999||Galaxy Quest||Guy Fleegman||$71,423,726||$19,100,000||$90,523,726|
|12/10/1999||The Green Mile||William "Wild Bill" Wharton||$136,801,374||$153,900,000||$290,701,374|
|5/14/1999||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Francis Flute||$16,071,990||$8,939,655||$25,011,645|
|5/15/1998||Lawn Dogs||Trent Burns||$106,292||$0||$106,292|
|7/25/1997||Box of Moonlight||Kid||$720,717||$0||$720,717|
|9/27/1996||Somebody to Love||Polish Guy||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|6/21/1996||The Search for One-eye Jimmy||One-eye Jimmy||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|5/4/1990||Last Exit to Brooklyn||Al||$678,680||$0||$678,680|
|3/30/1990||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Head Thug||$135,265,915||$66,734,085||$202,000,000|
|12/11/2015||Don Verdean||Executive Producer||$31,309||$0||$31,309|
|6/6/2014||Trust Me||Executive Producer||$0||$247,123||$247,123|
|9/20/2013||A Single Shot||Executive Producer||$18,642||$0||$18,642|
|9/3/2010||The Winning Season||Executive Producer||$5,000||$0||$5,000|