|As an Actor||Leading||7||$79,847,597||$81,750,378||$161,597,975|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$45,431||$0||$45,431|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $161,597,975 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #704)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Agatha (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Hanna (Hanna), Briony at 13 (Atonement), Susie Salmon (The Lovely Bones), Herself (Muppets Most Wanted)|
|Most productive collaborators: Andrew Niccol, Ralph Fiennes, Wes Anderson, Joe Wright, F. Murray Abraham|
November 6th, 2015
It is a short list this week, due to technical considerations. However, there are seven films here that are earning good reviews and some measure of pre-release buzz. The film with the best shot at mainstream success is Brooklyn (Reviews). It isn't the only film that could succeed, as Spotlight, Trumbo, and the rest could also find receptive audiences during Awards Season.
June 28th, 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest film from auteur director, Wes Anderson, and it is also his biggest box office hit. I liked some of his earlier films, but after The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited, I didn't consider myself a fan of his work. Then I saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom and I loved both. Because of this, I was super excited to see The Grand Budapest Hotel and its box office success caused my expectations to rise even more. Did they rise too high? Is this Wes Anderson's best movie, as well as his biggest hit?
February 9th, 2014
How I Live Now is based on a 2004 Young Adult novel, which puts it in a category that includes nearly all films made in the past decade or so. That's exaggerating, but it is one of the crowded genres today with numerous examples coming out each year. How I Live Now wasn't one of the more lucrative examples. In fact, it opened in limited release missing the Mendoza Line before quickly disappearing from theaters. Granted, it was also a Video on Demand premiere so that has a serious effect on box office numbers. Should it have performed better? Or does it suffer from too many of the clichés of the genre.
November 8th, 2013
There are quite a few limited releases on this week's list, including several that have earned more pre-release buzz that most limited releases earn. However, many of these films' reviews are good, but not great. The Book Thief is one such film, but it could still find an audience in limited release, although its plans to expand wide are very unlikely to happen. How I Live Now and Great Expectations are in similar positions.
June 28th, 2013
There are nine films on this week's list, with quite a few having strong reviews or impressive casts. Unfortunately, only one of them, I'm So Excited, has both. It is a return to light comedy by Pedro Almodovar and that could help it become the biggest limited release hit of the week. However, it is a foreign language film, which will limit its potential to expand significantly.
June 7th, 2013
There are not a ton of new releases this week, but there are a few earning good reviews, and even a couple that are earning excellent reviews. Hopefully several will do well enough at the box office to thrive, but the only one I'm really bullish about is Much Ado About Nothing. It has excellent reviews, lots of buzz, and plenty of name recognition on both sides of the camera.
March 1st, 2013
February is over, and for the most part, we should be very happy it is done and buried. The biggest hit of the month turned out to be Identity Thief, which will cross $100 million shortly. There were also a couple of impressive midlevel hits, like Warm Bodies and Escape from Planet Earth, but for the most part, it was miss after miss. This is bad news for March, which is not only dealing with a slumping 2013 box office, but will be compared with a strong March of 2012. Last March started with The Lorax, which earned more than $200 million. There's a good chance no March release this year will reach this milestone. Last March was also the month The Hunger Games opened, which earned more than $400 million. There's a chance the top three films opening this month won't earn that much combined. 2013 is going to take a beating in the year-over-year comparison and it is already $100 million behind last year's pace.
|3/21/2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Herself||$51,178,893||$28,133,408||$79,312,301|
|3/7/2014||The Grand Budapest Hotel||Agatha||$59,076,019||$105,274,390||$164,350,409|
|11/8/2013||How I Live Now||Daisy||$60,360||$0||$60,360|
|6/7/2013||Violet and Daisy||Daisy||$17,186||$0||$17,186|
|12/29/2010||The Way Back||Irena||$2,719,296||$4,622,022||$7,341,318|
|12/31/2009||The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle||$0||$0||$0|
|12/11/2009||The Lovely Bones||Susie Salmon||$44,028,238||$50,780,216||$94,808,454|
|10/10/2008||City of Ember||Lina Mayfleet||$7,871,693||$9,958,551||$17,830,244|
|7/11/2008||Death Defying Acts||Benji McGarvie||$3,561||$0||$3,561|
|2/12/2008||I Could Never Be Your Woman||Izzie||$0||$592,663||$592,663|
|12/7/2007||Atonement||Briony at 13||$50,980,159||$78,799,569||$129,779,728|