|As an Actor||(Unclassified)||3||$109,737,089||$44,108,113||$153,845,202|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$120,774,594||$196,140,670||$316,915,264|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||10||$126,452,243||$86,383,734||$212,835,977|
|Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 10 films, with $212,835,977 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #810)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Last Exorcism (Producer), Hostel (Producer), Hostel (Director), Hostel (Screenwriter), Grindhouse (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Sgt. Donny Donowitz (Inglourious Basterds), American Stoner (Hostel), Stefano (Rock of Ages), Student (The Mirror Has Two Faces), Dov (segment "Death Proof")/Tucker (trailer segment "Thanksgiving") (Grindhouse)|
|Most productive collaborators: Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Lawrence Bender|
October 9th, 2015
This is not a particularly deep week for limited releases. Steve Jobs is the only film that has a significant chance of earning some measure of mainstream success. In fact, its reviews and buzz suggest it could be a player during Awards Season. On the other hand, The Forbidden Room, Victoria, and Yakuza Apocalypse are more interesting in my mind.
September 25th, 2015
There are two wide releases this week, a wide expansion, and a semi-wide release. That's a lot of films to talk about. Of the three new films, none of them are earning more than 50% positive reviews. This is sadly typical of this time of year. Hotel Transylvania 2 is easily the biggest new release of the week and the only film with a shot at $40 million. The second wide release, The Intern, and the wide expansion, Everest, should be in a tight race for second place with $20 million each. On the other hand, The Green Inferno, the semi-wide release, is staring down the barrel of the Mendoza Line. If you look at the top three films from last year and compare them to the top three films from this year, they look about the same. The Equalizer's opening is on low the end of Hotel Transylvania 2's range of expectations. Additionally, the depth this year looks better than last year. 2015 should end the month on a high note in the year-over-year comparison.
September 1st, 2015
As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy.
January 1st, 2014
It's the first month of the new year, but the biggest hit might be a film released in December. Last month ended on a slow note with all five Christmas day releases failing to become hits, some more than others. (It's a little too soon to tell if The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will do well enough to break even any time soon, but neither is a serious hit.) There are still some December releases that will likely remain on the charts through the opening weekends of January, while there are some films that opened in limited release last month with a scheduled wide release this month. Of the purely January releases, I would guess Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the biggest hit. Even then, it won't live up to the previous films in the franchise, even if you don't take inflation into account. Most of the rest of the new releases will be happy if they can become midlevel hits. Last January was led by Mama, which earned more than $70 million. I think Shadow Recruit will top that figure at the box office, while there are a similar number of likely box office bombs opening this year as there were last year. 2014 could start out ahead of 2013's pace, but it likely won't be a huge difference either way.
May 10th, 2013
Most summers there is at least one limited release that manages to find enough success to expand truly wide. There are quite a few new limited releases this week, but most of them are earning weak reviews and will likely fail to find an audience in limited release. There are three films that are earning 80% positive reviews or better: Sightseers, Stories We Tell, and Venus and Serena. Unfortunately, the last two are documentaries and the first one is a Black Comedy, so it is unlikely we will have a true break-out hit this week.
|6/15/2012||Rock of Ages||Stefano||$38,518,613||$11,600,000||$50,118,613|
|4/6/2012||Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope||Himself||$34,665||$0||$34,665|
|12/16/2011||Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywo…||Himself||$3,050||$0||$3,050|
|8/20/2009||Inglourious Basterds||Sgt. Donny Donowitz||$120,774,594||$196,140,670||$316,915,264|
|4/6/2007||Grindhouse||Dov (segment "Death Proof")/Tucker (trailer segment "Thanksgiving")||$25,031,037||$25,156,752||$50,187,789|
|9/12/2003||Cabin Fever||Justin (aka Grim)||$21,158,188||$9,193,476||$30,351,664|
|11/15/1996||The Mirror Has Two Faces||Student||$41,252,428||$0||$41,252,428|
|9/25/2015||The Green Inferno||Producer,|
|4/14/2015||The Man with the Iron Fists 2||Executive Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|3/1/2013||The Last Exorcism Part II||Producer||$15,179,303||$10,269,404||$25,448,707|
|11/2/2012||The Man with the Iron Fists||Producer,|
|8/27/2010||The Last Exorcism||Producer||$41,034,350||$29,131,550||$70,165,900|
|6/8/2007||Hostel: Part II||Director||$17,544,812||$16,061,597||$33,606,409|