|As an Actor||Supporting||20||$1,254,405,390||$3,098,782,715||$4,353,188,105|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||1||$2,684,904||$1,519,953||$4,204,857|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 20 films, with $4,353,188,105 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #106)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Gandalf (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Gandalf the Grey (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Gandalf (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Richard III (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Philippa Boyens|
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 3rd, 2015
Mr. Holmes opened in select cities, which is usually a terrible release strategy. It did well enough to earn a significant measure of mainstream success. There has also been a lot of critical praise and even some Awards Season buzz, specifically for Ian McKellen. Do I agree with the majority here? Or am I going to be one of the few who were disappointed in the movie?
September 8th, 2015
The home market is not particularly strong. The Age of Adaline is the biggest first-run release of the week, at least as far as physical releases are concerned. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is coming out on Video on Demand and it is bigger than all other releases combined. However, I really think it is a waste to rent it, as the Blu-ray is Pick of the Week material. Or to be more accurate, it will be Pick of the Week when it comes out in October. As for the Pick of the Week for this week, I'm going with Over the Garden Wall on DVD.
July 27th, 2015
X-Men: Days of Future Past came out last year and earned plenty of praise from critics. It also became the biggest worldwide hit in the franchise. Now it is being re-released on DVD or Blu-ray as something called The Rogue Cut. How is it different from the theatrical release? And is it worth the double-dip?
July 17th, 2015
There are very few films on this week's list that have a real shot at earning mainstream success. I would like to think Court or A Hard Day could do so, but they are both foreign-language films and that's usually too big of an obstacle to overcome. Mr. Holmes has both the cast and the reviews to thrive, but it is playing in more than 300 theaters. That might be too many to thrive. Let's hope I'm being too pessimistic.
December 1st, 2014
November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential.
May 1st, 2014
It has been a great year so far and April was again a strong month. The box office was led by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as it became the second film of the year to reach $200 million, while Rio 2 is on pace to become the seventh $100 million hit of the year. Big picture, 2014 has already hit $3 billion, which isn't a record for this time of the year, but it is $250 million ahead of 2013. That streak ends in May. Don't get me wrong. There are six films opening this month that at least have a shot at $100 million and two of those should earn more than $200 million and there are two others that at least have a shot at that milestone. Leading the way is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is looking to top The Winter Soldier and become the second biggest hit of the year so far. Its main competition this month is X-men: Days of Future Past, while Godzilla also has a shot at $200 million. Unfortunately, this month last year, Iron Man 3 earned more than $400 million, while two other films took in $200 million and seven films in total reached the century mark. That is going to be really hard to replicate this year and 2014 will likely lose some of its lead over 2013. Fortunately, 2014 has such a big lead that unless the box office really slumps, it will end the month with at least a small lead over 2013.
December 1st, 2013
We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012.
December 1st, 2012
November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month.
|7/17/2015||Mr. Holmes||Sherlock Holmes||$17,737,646||$10,733,905||$28,471,551|
|12/17/2014||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Ar…||Gandalf the Grey||$255,119,788||$700,000,000||$955,119,788|
|5/23/2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto||$233,921,534||$514,200,000||$748,121,534|
|12/13/2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Gandalf||$258,366,855||$702,000,000||$960,366,855|
|12/14/2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Gandalf||$303,003,568||$714,000,000||$1,017,003,568|
|12/1/2007||The Golden Compass||Iorek Byrnison||$70,107,728||$297,154,830||$367,262,558|
|9/6/2006||Saint of 9/11||Narrator||$7,137||$0||$7,137|
|5/26/2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Erik Lensherr, AKA Magneto||$234,362,462||$224,997,093||$459,359,555|
|5/19/2006||The Da Vinci Code||Sir Leigh Teabing||$217,536,138||$550,284,321||$767,820,459|
|2/24/2006||Doogal||Zebedee (US release)||$7,578,946||$20,479,706||$28,058,652|
|12/17/2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of …||Gandalf||$377,845,905||$763,562,762||$1,141,408,667|
|12/18/2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Gandalf the White||$342,548,984||$592,154,195||$934,703,179|
|12/19/2001||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship…||Gandalf the Grey||$315,544,750||$571,672,938||$887,217,688|
|5/5/2000||Cirque du Soleil - Journey of Man||Narrator||$15,626,076||$12,125,705||$27,751,781|
|11/6/1998||Gods and Monsters||James Whale||$6,390,032||$0||$6,390,032|
|10/23/1998||Apt Pupil||Kurt Dussander||$8,838,938||$0||$8,838,938|
|1/23/1998||Swept From The Sea||Dr. James Kennedy||$283,081||$0||$283,081|
|5/10/1996||Cold Comfort Farm||Amos Starkadder||$5,433,717||$0||$5,433,717|
|3/22/1996||Jack & Sarah||William||$218,626||$0||$218,626|
|12/29/1995||Richard III||Richard III||$2,684,904||$1,519,953||$4,204,857|
|7/1/1994||The Shadow||Dr. Reinhardt Lane||$31,835,600||$0||$31,835,600|
|2/4/1994||I'll Do Anything||John Earl McAlpine||$10,209,111||$0||$10,209,111|
|12/8/1993||Six Degrees of Separation||Geoffrey||$6,284,090||$0||$6,284,090|
|8/20/1993||The Ballad of Little Jo||Percy Corcoran||$514,451||$0||$514,451|
|6/18/1993||Last Action Hero||Death||$50,016,394||$87,282,095||$137,298,489|
|9/19/1985||Plenty||Sir Andrew Charleson||$6,104,212||$0||$6,104,212|
|12/16/1983||The Keep||Dr. Theodore Cuza||$3,661,757||$0||$3,661,757|