|As an Actor||Supporting||15||$546,305,415||$480,148,555||$1,026,453,970|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$7,251,073||$7,106,679||$14,357,752|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||2||$1,267,498||$0||$1,267,498|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $1,026,453,970 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,863)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Derek (Step Brothers), FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick (Black Mass), Johnny Meyer (The Aviator), Ted Hendricks (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Remy (Monster-in-Law)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Matchstick Men (Associate Editor), The Overnight (Executive Producer), A.C.O.D. (Executive Producer), Other People (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Steve Conrad, Kathryn Hahn, Will Ferrell|
September 23rd, 2016
Like last week, approximately 30 films open in limited release this week. That is far too many and all but ensures most will not find an audience. Furthermore, it means I have to be a little more liberal when it comes to pruning releases that don’t have enough buzz to talk about. There are lots of films that still made the cut, including a few highlights: The Age of Shadows, Audrie & Daisy, The Dressmaker, The Lovers And The Despot, My Blind Brother, and Queen of Katwe. Some of these are playing on VOD, so they will go nowhere in theaters. Several are aiming for Oscars, including Queen of Katwe, which will expand semi-wide next week.
April 25th, 2016
Krampus, the mythological being, is suddenly one of the hottest movie monsters around. While searching for the the Amazon link to this movie, I found six movies that either had Krampus in the name, or Krampus was on the cover of the DVD / Blu-ray. However, of these, only Krampus earned a wide box office release and it became a low-budget hit earning more during its opening weekend than it cost to make. Did it deserve this success? Will it thrive on the home market, even though it is a long way from Christmas?
December 1st, 2015
November ended on a positive note with a strong Thanksgiving weekend. Even so, the overall numbers were mixed with a lot of misses mixed in with a few hits. It was better than October and we will call that a victory. Meanwhile, December is potentially record-breaking. Actually, given the evidence, it is almost assuredly going to be record-breaking. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already set a record for the most money taken from ticket pre-sales and the biggest December weekend will fall. The pre-orders alone will guarantee that. On the downside, it is very likely that no film will make as much in total as The Force Awakens will make during its opening weekend. There's a chance no film makes in total as much as The Force Awakens makes during its opening day. There are a few films that have a shot at $100 million. For example, Joy should get there, if it becomes a major player during Awards Season. If not, it will at least come close. Daddy's Home, and to a lesser extent Sisters, could be surprise $100 million hits. However, like the rest of 2015, December is shaping up to be a month of a record-breaking hit and a lot of films that struggle just to get noticed. On the other hand, last December, was a lot more balanced at the top with four films earning more than $100 million, led by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There's a chance The Force Awakens earns more than all four $100 million hits from last year earned combined.
February 1st, 2015
It was a record-breaking January thanks entirely to American Sniper, which set records, both during its limited release run and especially when it expanded wide. There were a couple of other films that did well, but for the most part, it was a typical January. The question is, will American Sniper boost the overall box office, which would help February, or will its effects fade as it does? There are ten wide releases in February; there are a few films that may or may not open in the top ten. Of these, there are only two that have a real shot at true box office success. The biggest film in terms of buzz is Fifty Shades of Grey, which looks so, so bad. Personally, I would rather watch The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water a hundred times than sit through just the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. If Fifty Shades of Grey becomes the biggest hit of the month, it will mrean the end of civilization. Because. I. Will. End. Civilization. Last February was mostly mediocre, except for The LEGO Movie which was a huge early year hit. There's no chance any film opening this month will match The LEGO Movie; the top two films likely won't match The LEGO Movie. Because of this, 2015 will need to rely on depth to come out ahead. I'm not sure how likely that will be.
October 4th, 2013
There are ten limited releases on this week's list, but only one of them is earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Let the Fire Burn is the standout, with a 92% positive response. The Summit is earning 73% positive reviews, which is good, but not great. Then there's Grace Unplugged, which is opening in more than 500 theaters, but with no reviews. That's a horrible combination. Overall, there's nothing that jumps out as a potential limited release hit.
March 17th, 2013
Before Bachelorette opened in theaters, there were some reports it was going to open wide. In the end, it opened in only a few dozen theaters and struggled to find an audience in limited release. Granted, given its genre, it was always going to struggle in limited release, but is the film worth checking out on the home market? Or is it a misfire that was dumped to limited release, because the studio knew it was a flop?
|9/23/2016||My Blind Brother||Robbie||$0||$0||$0|
|9/18/2015||Black Mass||FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick||$62,575,678||$36,262,194||$98,837,872|
|9/11/2015||Sleeping with Other People||Matthew Sobvechik||$814,775||$1,533,185||$2,347,960|
|2/20/2015||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Adam Yates, Jr.||$12,314,651||$137,950||$12,452,601|
|12/25/2013||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Ted Hendricks||$58,236,838||$130,300,000||$188,536,838|
|4/26/2013||See Girl Run||Jason||$0||$0||$0|
|12/19/2012||The Guilt Trip||Andrew Margolis, Jr.||$37,134,215||$4,160,459||$41,294,674|
|3/9/2012||Friends with Kids||Jason Fryman||$7,251,073||$7,106,679||$14,357,752|
|12/11/2009||The Vicious Kind||Caleb||$0||$0||$0|
|3/20/2009||The Great Buck Howard||Alan Berkamn||$750,587||$150,000||$900,587|
|12/17/2004||The Aviator||Johnny Meyer||$102,608,827||$105,762,065||$208,370,892|
|4/5/2002||High Crimes||Lt. Terrance Embry||$41,543,207||$22,237,893||$63,781,100|
|6/19/2015||The Overnight||Executive Producer||$1,109,808||$0||$1,109,808|
|9/12/2003||Matchstick Men||Associate Editor||$36,873,198||$22,292,102||$59,165,300|