|As an Actor||Supporting||5||$610,892,372||$689,556,640||$1,300,449,012|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$88,625,922||$72,346,000||$160,971,922|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||4||$219,042,143||$234,796,149||$453,838,292|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 5 films, with $1,300,449,012 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,390)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Vector (Despicable Me), Jason (Knocked Up), Russell Gettis (Bad Teacher), Gary (The Muppets), Jason (This is 40)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Muppets (Screenwriter), The Muppets (Executive Producer), Get Him to the Greek (Character Creator), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Screenwriter), Get Him to the Greek (Co-Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Chris Renaud, Nicholas Stoller, Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Jake Kasdan|
2015 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III - Limited Releases, Foreign Films, Classics, and Canadian Films
December 13th, 2015
The third installment of the Holiday Gift Guide focuses on smaller releases, movies that opened in limited release, foreign films, classics getting new releases, and a few Canadian films. This year the list looks different to the previous guides for a simple reason. While there were only eight releases on the TV on DVD installment of the holiday gift guide, the first pass had more than 30 films on this list. I tried trimming the list, but that resulted in me remembering more films I wanted to add to it. Even after getting rid of the ones that won't be released until after Christmas, like Bone Tomahawk, there are still way too many releases to deal with. So let's not delay anymore and get to the list, starting with the biggest release...
November 25th, 2015
Awards Season begins with the Independent Spirit Awards nominations. There were definitely some surprise nominees this year, but that also meant there were some unfortunate snubs as well. The overall leader was Carol, which just opened this past weekend. This is great timing and should help its box office numbers, as well as its chances throughout Awards Season. Its six nominations were one ahead of Beasts of No Nation and Spotlight. (One of Spotlight's was the Robert Altman Award, which has no nominations, just one winner.)
November 3rd, 2015
It's a short list of new releases this week for two reasons. The first reason is the previously mentioned technical problems. I need to get three days of work done today so that I can get my computer off to the shop for an upgrade. Meanwhile, I've been battling an only mostly functional computer for a week. The second reason is Inside Out is coming out and that scared away the competition. The Blu-ray Combo Pack or 3D Combo Pack are clearly the Pick of the Week this week. However, it is far from the only new release worth picking up. It's just that the rest of the contenders are much smaller releases.
July 30th, 2015
It is a bad time of the year to release a limited release. It is too late into summer to think a limited release can expand wide enough to gain mainstream success before summer ends. At the same time, it is far too early for Awards Season buzz to have an effect at the box office. This partially explains why there are so few films on this week's list and fewer still have any chance at box office success. There are only two films on this week's list with strong buzz and overwhelmingly positive reviews. Best of Enemies and The End of the Tour. Both could do well on the Per Theater Chart this weekend, but The End of the Tour is the only film with a shot at expanding significantly.
August 7th, 2014
The Muppets was the first Muppet movie in more than a decade, but it was a big hit with critics and did very well in theaters for a live action family film. A sequel was inevitable, but as the opening song of Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel is rarely as good as the original. Is this the case here? Is it one of the rare exceptions? If not, is it still good enough to check out?
July 17th, 2014
There are a trio of wide releases coming out this week looking to dethrone Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The Purge: Anarchy is the most likely film to come out on top, but the original didn't win over many moviegoers. It opened big, but collapsed very quickly after that. Planes didn't perform much better with moviegoers, but there hasn't been an animated family film released wide since How to Train Your Dragon 2, so Planes: Fire and Rescue could benefit from the lack of competition. Sex Tape is the only non-sequel opening wide this week and that could help it do well. Or the fact that it is not based on a previous movie could hurt it. There is one last film that might reach the top ten, Persecuted, which is opening in 700 theaters. It would only need a per theater average of just over $4,000 to reach the top ten, which is doable. This year, we should have four films that earn more than $20 million. Last year there were only three. However, last year, The Conjuring earned more than $40 million, a milestone no film this year will reach, while seven films earned more than $10 million. This year there will be only four films earning more than $10 million. Again, it looks like 2014 is going to get crushed at the box office.
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.
October 6th, 2013
I reviewed How I Met Your Mother a couple times in the past and while I liked the show's early seasons, I grew tired of the show in the latter seasons. Can the show turn it around? Or is it stumbling towards its conclusion?
March 19th, 2013
This is 40 is a spin-off from Knocked-Up, which remains Judd Apatow's biggest hit and one of his most loved films. It had high expectations associated with it, but it failed to live up to them. Is it a case of the expectations being just too high? Or did it struggle because it is a flawed film?
|7/31/2015||The End of the Tour||David Foster Wallace||$3,002,883||$111,460||$3,114,343|
|12/21/2012||This is 40||Jason||$67,544,505||$22,676,677||$90,221,182|
|4/27/2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Tom Solomon||$28,700,285||$32,923,534||$61,623,819|
|3/16/2012||Jeff, Who Lives at Home||Jeff||$4,269,426||$438,701||$4,708,127|
|6/24/2011||Bad Teacher||Russell Gettis||$100,292,856||$115,156,141||$215,448,997|
|3/20/2009||I Love You, Man||Sydney Fife||$71,440,011||$20,289,492||$91,729,503|
|4/18/2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Peter Bretter||$63,172,463||$42,000,579||$105,173,042|
|8/12/2005||11:14||Leon, Paramedic #1||$0||$0||$0|
|10/31/2003||Die Mommie Die||Larry the Hippie||$320,092||$0||$320,092|
|4/27/2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Executive Producer,|
|11/23/2011||The Muppets||Executive Producer,|
|6/4/2010||Get Him to the Greek||Character Creator,|
|4/18/2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Screenwriter||$63,172,463||$42,000,579||$105,173,042|