|As an Actor||Leading||12||$1,258,322,504||$2,058,437,719||$3,316,760,223|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$175,917,065||$264,487,304||$440,404,369|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$1,430,655||$500,100||$1,930,755|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 41 films, with $4,888,470,605 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #172)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Bruce Banner / The Hulk (The Avengers), Bruce Banner / The Hulk (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dylan Rhodes (Now You See Me), Chuck Aule (Shutter Island), (Date Night)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Infinitely Polar Bear (Executive Producer), Sympathy for Delicious (Director), Sympathy for Delicious (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Robert Downey, Jr., Joss Whedon, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Zak Penn|
January 15th, 2016
The Oscar nominations were announced at 5:30 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, this was a terrible year for snubs, especially when it comes to diversity of the nominees. The voters for the Oscars are 94% white and 77% male... but that's still more diverse than the list of nominees. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations and it is expected to win a few of those, while it is a serious contender in most of the categories it was nominated in.
January 9th, 2016
The BAFTA nominations were announced and you can read them on their site... in alphabetical order. Alphabetical order is very useful in most circumstances, but not here. On the other hand, the nominees within each category are not presented in alphabetical order. ... Are the BAFTAs trolling us? As for the actual nominees, the big winners here are Bridge of Spies and Carol, both of which earned nine nominations. For Carol, this is just another impressive score, but this was a pleasant surprise for Bridge of Spies.
January 4th, 2016
We are getting back to normal for the home market releases. There are no major first run releases, but one of the biggest limited releases of 2015 hits the home market. Sicario earned nearly $50 million after starting in limited release and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. It wasn't the only contender for that honor, as Deathgasm (DVD or Blu-ray) and Infinitely Polar Bear (DVD or Blu-ray) were also in contention.
December 28th, 2015
It's been a few weeks since I did a review. I stopped taking screeners knowing how busy Star Wars: The Force Awakens would keep me, but I figured I should get back in the game. However, there was a question of what late review would be worth checking out? Well, there have been five $1 billion movies to come out this year and I've previously reviewed all of the ones that hit the home market. All of them, but one: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Of the five $1 billion movies, this one is arguably the one that had the most disappointing run at the box office. Yes, a film that made $1.40 billion worldwide was seen as a box office disappointment by some. This is mostly because its predecessor, The Avengers, broke box office records. The film also earned much weaker reviews than the first movie, but still earned 75% positive reviews, which is very good for a wide release. Is it a real disappointment? Or does it hold up compared to the competition?
December 10th, 2015
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning and we are already beginning to see a trend for this year's Awards Season. For the most part, the same films are coming up over and over again. Carol led the way with five awards, while there was a three-way tie for second place with The Big Short, The Revenant and Steve Jobs each picking up four.
June 19th, 2015
While there are a huge number of limited releases on this week's chart, almost none of them have a real shot at mainstream success. There are two films that at least have a legitimate chance at expanding significantly: Infinitely Polar Bear and The Overnight. There are also a number of documentaries and foreign-language films that could do well in limited release, but they won't expand enough to earn significant amounts.
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.
February 12th, 2015
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we look at the two supporting actor categories, finishing with Best Supporting Actor. Like the Best Supporting Actress category, Best Supporting Actor isn't even close and one of the five nominees is absolutely running away with things.
January 17th, 2015
The Oscar nominations were announced early in the morning, when all sensible people were asleep. There were some surprises, as well as some results that would have been surprises had it not been for the previous Awards Season nominations. Seventeen films earned two or more nods, led by Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, both of which picked up nine nominations, while The Imitation Game was right behind with eight.
January 11th, 2015
The BAFTA nominations were announced yesterday and unlike most other Awards Season voters, the BAFTA voters gave us some real surprises. For instance, Birdman didn't lead the way. In fact, it was a comedy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, that earned the most nominations at 11. Granted, Birdman and The Theory of Everything were tied for second place with ten each, but it is still strange to see a comedy leading the way.
December 11th, 2014
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning, at three in the morning, because the people at Golden Globes are under the delusion that news announced at 3:00 a.m. is somehow more important if it is announced before anyone is awake. As for the actual nominations, like with the Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG nominations, Birdman led the way. It earned seven nominations, while Boyhood and The Imitation Game tied for second with five apiece. Starting to notice a pattern here? This could be a really dull Awards Season with very few surprises. On the other hand, predictable means less work for me. Plus, predictable probably means the Awards Season voters are making the right choices, as surprises usually mean someone made the wrong choice.
December 10th, 2014
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced Wednesday morning. Are there surprises worth mentioning? Is the Oscar picture beginning to take shape? Like with the Independent Spirit Awards, Birdman led the way this time earning four nominations from six categories, while Boyhood, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything had three nods each.
October 27th, 2014
It's a terrible week on the home market with no major releases. The biggest theatrical release is Begin Again, which earned excellent reviews, but opened in limited release and never expanded truly wide. The best new release on the list is the limited edition Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel, but it costs more than $200, so it is out of the price range of most people. Besides those two releases, there's more filler than releases worth talking about. Begin Again wins Pick of the Week, practically by default, as it is the only release I can enthusiastically recommend.
July 1st, 2014
Overall, June was not good. Most films matched expectations, or came close enough that there weren't major disappointments. However, it looks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 will miss expectations by more than $100 million. This was such a massive amount that 2014 lost its lead over 2013 and not even Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million opening was able to turn things around. Looking forward to July, there's not a lot of good news. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be the only film coming out during July that will reach the $100 million milestone, but on the high end, it might reach the $200 million mark. There are a few others that have a shot, but are not favored to reach the century mark. On the other hand, there are more films that may or may not open / expand wide and even if they do, they will likely have no real impact at the box office. By comparison, last July, Despicable Me 2 was the top draw and finished with more than $350 million. There were also four other films that surpassed $100 million at the box office. It seems practically impossible for 2014 to match those numbers and will likely finish the month behind last year's pace. Overall, 2014 isn't doing poorly, but the summer has been much weaker than the spring was, so we've gone from potential record breaking year to merely average.
March 29th, 2014
Due South started in 1994 and was a rare beast. It was a Canadian TV movie that debuted on American TV, as well as up here in Canada. The TV movie was a hit and it was turned into a series. However, while the ratings started out well, the American network kept moving it about the schedule and soon it was no longer pulling in the numbers needed to thrive and it was canceled in America and sadly mostly forgotten. Echo Bridge Home Entertainment has the rights to the show and recently re-released The Complete Series on DVD. Is it worth picking up for fans of the show? Will those who never saw it originally enjoy it?
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.
May 1st, 2013
As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison.
|6/10/2016||Now You See Me 2||$0||$0||$0|
|6/19/2015||Infinitely Polar Bear||Cam Stuart||$1,430,655||$500,100||$1,930,755|
|5/1/2015||The Avengers: Age of Ultron||Bruce Banner / The Hulk||$459,005,868||$945,700,000||$1,404,705,868|
|8/26/2014||The Normal Heart||$0||$0||$0|
|9/20/2013||Thanks for Sharing||Adam||$1,066,256||$2,752,348||$3,818,604|
|5/31/2013||Now You See Me||Dylan Rhodes||$117,723,989||$234,000,000||$351,723,989|
|5/4/2012||The Avengers||Bruce Banner / The Hulk||$623,279,547||$896,200,000||$1,519,479,547|
|4/29/2011||Sympathy for Delicious||Father Joe Roselli||$13,826||$0||$13,826|
|7/9/2010||The Kids Are All Right||Paul||$20,811,365||$15,464,104||$36,275,469|
|2/19/2010||Shutter Island||Chuck Aule||$128,012,934||$171,448,848||$299,461,782|
|10/16/2009||Where the Wild Things Are||Boyfriend||$77,233,467||$21,890,189||$99,123,656|
|5/15/2009||The Brothers Bloom||Stephen||$3,531,756||$2,000,000||$5,531,756|
|12/12/2008||What Doesn't Kill You||$0||$45,370||$45,370|
|10/19/2007||Reservation Road||Dwight Arno||$101,440||$16,500,000||$16,601,440|
|3/2/2007||Zodiac||Inspector David Toschi||$33,080,084||$50,000,000||$83,080,084|
|9/22/2006||All the King's Men||Adam Stanton||$7,221,458||$2,300,000||$9,521,458|
|12/25/2005||Rumor Has It||Jeff Daly||$42,996,140||$45,937,422||$88,933,562|
|9/16/2005||Just Like Heaven||David Abbott||$48,318,130||$52,368,953||$100,687,083|
|8/13/2004||We Don't Live Here Anymore||Jack Linden||$2,037,545||$0||$2,037,545|
|4/23/2004||13 Going On 30||Matt Flamhaff||$57,139,723||$39,300,000||$96,439,723|
|3/19/2004||Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind||Stan||$34,366,518||$38,768,921||$73,135,439|
|10/22/2003||In the Cut||Detective James A. Malloy||$4,717,455||$18,976,191||$23,693,646|
|9/26/2003||My Life Without Me||Lee||$432,360||$11,834,915||$12,267,275|
|3/21/2003||View from the Top||Ted||$15,614,000||$3,912,014||$19,526,014|
|10/19/2001||The Last Castle||Yates||$18,208,078||$2,333,590||$20,541,668|
|11/10/2000||You Can Count on Me||Terry Prescott||$9,180,275||$1,647,081||$10,827,356|
|11/24/1999||Ride With the Devil||Alf Bowden||$630,779||$0||$630,779|
|9/25/1998||The Last Big Thing||Brent||$22,434||$0||$22,434|
|6/19/2015||Infinitely Polar Bear||Executive Producer||$1,430,655||$500,100||$1,930,755|
|4/29/2011||Sympathy for Delicious||Director,|