|As an Actor||Leading||24||$1,506,884,323||$2,182,573,104||$3,689,457,427|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$631,908,511||$885,700,000||$1,517,608,511|
|In Technical Roles||Director||1||$544,098||$1,144,814||$1,688,912|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 24 films, with $3,689,457,427 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #48)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast), Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi (Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones), Camerlengo (Angels & Demons)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: American Pastoral (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: George Lucas, Carlos Saldanha, Naomi Watts, Juan Antonio Bayona, Natalie Portman|
June 6th, 2017
There have been three previous adaptations in Disney’s recent streak of live-action adaptations. I’ve previously reviewed all of them and only really liked Maleficent. In fact, I like Maleficent more now than I did when it first came out, because it took the characters and made an original story with them, while the other two only had minor changes, but were mostly beat-for-beat remakes. I mention all of this before even mentioning Beauty and the Beast, because this is what I want in these movies. I want a reason to watch this version rather than the original. Does this film give me a reason?
March 1st, 2017
February was an okay month. The films that missed expectations were mostly balanced by the films that were pleasant surprises. Unfortunately, last February was amazing as Deadpool dominated the chart, so 2017 has fallen further behind 2016 and 2016’s lead is now about $100 million. It is not so bad that a good March won’t help 2017 back into the lead. Will that happen? We have some good news and some bad news. Good news: Every week there is one movie that has at least a shot at $100 million. Two of them, Logan and Beauty and the Beast, could reach $200 million or a lot more. Bad News: last March, both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned more than $300 million. That’s a really powerful one-two punch and I don’t think we can replicate that this time around. On the other hand, last March, the third best film of the month was 10 Cloverfield Lane, while there were four films that were expected to open wide that earned less than $10 million at the box office. 2017 likely won’t be as good at the top, but I also don’t think it will have as many bombs either. If Beauty and the Beast reaches the very high end of expectations, then 2017 could even close the gap with 2016 entirely. I’ll be happy getting halfway there.
October 21st, 2016
Several films coming out this week are earning nearly unanimously positive reviews. This includes a few documentaries, but also a couple of narrative films that have a shot at some box office success. Moonlight is clearly aiming to win awards and it might do so. The Handmaiden should help grow Chan-wook Park’s fanbase here.
October 18th, 2016
It’s a bad week for the home market. There are only two first-run releases and neither of them are worth picking up. There’s not a lot of limited releases, TV on DVD releases, etc. to make up the gap. However, there is one truly great release, Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro from The Criterion Collection. The Blu-ray costs a lot, but it is a must have for fans of Guillermo Del Toro, especially his earlier Spanish-language work: Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth.
August 3rd, 2016
It is the beginning of August, a.k.a., the beginning of TV on DVD season. While there are a few prominent releases in that category, the biggest release is Batman: The Killing Joke, which is still a hot mess, but this time on Blu-ray. There are plenty of smaller releases that are worth picking up, including April and the Extraordinary World. Its reviews are nearly 100% positive and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week.
May 13th, 2016
It's a relatively good week for limited releases with several that are earning excellent reviews. Of these, The Lobster is the one I think will do the best at the box office. Kill Zone 2, Love & Friendship, and some others are also earning excellent reviews, but are playing in VOD.
January 1st, 2016
2016 will begin the same way 2015 ended, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on top. In fact, three of the five films that have the best shot at box office success in January are The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant, all of which opened in December. There are two true January releases that could also do really well, for this time of year: Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. The rest of the releases are just hoping to become midlevel hits. Last January, American Sniper dominated earning more than $300 million. Its success could prevent 2016 from being ahead in the year-over-year comparison by the end of the month, but this year does have better depth.
January 1st, 2015
2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic.
December 20th, 2012
There are not a lot of limited releases on this week's list; however, there are three films that have already found some Awards Season success, plus a couple others that are earning great reviews. Of the Awards Season hopefuls, Zero Dark Thirty is poised to earn the best per theater average, but it likely won't be the only success story over the weekend.
December 13th, 2012
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five.
|3/17/2017||Beauty and the Beast||Lumiere||$503,708,499||$753,200,000||$1,256,908,499|
|10/21/2016||American Pastoral||Swede Levov||$544,098||$1,144,814||$1,688,912|
|8/2/2016||Humpback Whales 3D||Narrator||$0||$207,473||$207,473|
|7/1/2016||Our Kind of Traitor||$3,153,157||$3,717,681||$6,870,838|
|5/13/2016||Last Days in the Desert||Yeshua/The Demon||$0||$6,948||$6,948|
|4/1/2016||Miles Ahead||Dave Brill||$2,610,896||$2,506,202||$5,117,098|
|1/29/2016||Jane Got a Gun||Colin McCann||$1,513,793||$1,462,843||$2,976,636|
|1/23/2015||Son of a Gun||Brendan Lynch||$1,411||$0||$1,411|
|5/30/2014||A Million Ways to Die in The West||Cowboy at Fair||$42,720,965||$44,057,592||$86,778,557|
|12/25/2013||August: Osage County||Bill Fordham||$37,738,810||$13,000,000||$50,738,810|
|3/1/2013||Jack the Giant Slayer||Elmont||$65,187,603||$132,500,000||$197,687,603|
|3/9/2012||Salmon Fishing in the Yemen||Dr. Alfred Jones||$9,041,540||$23,967,116||$33,008,656|
|12/3/2010||I Love You, Phillip Morris||Phillip Morris||$2,037,459||$20,976,568||$23,014,027|
|8/20/2010||Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang||Mr. Green||$29,197,642||$68,602,223||$97,799,865|
|2/19/2010||The Ghost Writer||The Ghost||$15,541,549||$49,990,942||$65,532,491|
|11/6/2009||The Men Who Stare at Goats||Bob Wilton||$32,428,195||$34,920,023||$67,348,218|
|5/15/2009||Angels & Demons||Camerlengo||$133,375,846||$357,500,000||$490,875,846|
|12/29/2006||Miss Potter||Norman Warne||$3,005,605||$32,885,652||$35,891,257|
|10/13/2006||Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker||Ian Rider||$659,210||$20,063,240||$20,722,450|
|7/22/2006||The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentu…||Narrator||$0||$0||$0|
|7/22/2005||The Island||Lincoln Six-Echo||$35,818,913||$127,200,000||$163,018,913|
|5/19/2005||Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith||Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi||$380,270,577||$468,728,300||$848,998,877|
|4/16/2004||Young Adam||Joe Taylor||$767,240||$0||$767,240|
|12/10/2003||Big Fish||Young Edward Bloom||$66,432,867||$57,521,456||$123,954,323|
|5/9/2003||Down with Love||Catcher Block||$20,305,251||$15,151,698||$35,456,949|
|5/16/2002||Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones||Obi-Wan Kenobi||$310,676,740||$346,018,875||$656,695,615|
|12/28/2001||Black Hawk Down||Company Clerk John Grimes||$108,638,745||$51,052,340||$159,691,085|
|1/28/2000||Eye of the Beholder||The Eye||$16,500,786||$1,760,079||$18,260,865|
|5/19/1999||Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace||Obi-Wan Kenobi||$474,544,677||$552,500,000||$1,027,044,677|
|11/6/1998||Velvet Goldmine||Curt Wild||$1,053,788||$3,259,856||$4,313,644|
|10/24/1997||A Life Less Ordinary||Robert||$4,287,595||$10,345,675||$14,633,270|
|6/6/1997||The Pillow Book||Jerome||$2,372,744||$0||$2,372,744|
|11/14/1996||Blue Juice||Dean Raymond||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|7/19/1996||Trainspotting||Mark "Rents" Renton||$16,501,785||$55,057,186||$71,558,971|
|2/10/1995||Shallow Grave||Alex Law||$2,834,250||$0||$2,834,250|