|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 20 films, with $2,312,574,904 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #500)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Zod (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), General Zod (Man of Steel), Theo (Pearl Harbor), Floyd Poteet (Bad Boys II), Greg Buehl (8 Mile)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Elvis & Nixon (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Zack Snyder, Charles Roven, Joseph Gordon-Levitt|
February 26th, 2017
February 26th, 2017
It’s Oscar night and we will be live blogging the show. Before that, let’s take a last look at the nominations with a few annotations. Nominees in italics are those that have received the most votes from our readers so far in our Oscar contest (which is open to new entries until noon, Pacific, today—enter now!). Bold films are those films I think will win. Meanwhile, those that are Underlined are those I want to win. Not all categories have underlined nominees, because not all categories have someone I’m cheering for, or because there are two nominees I couldn’t pick between.
February 15th, 2017
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 Best Supporting Actor. Unlike a lot of other categories, this one could be a real race. We’ve had three previous awards ceremonies and three different winners, one of whom didn’t even get an Oscar nomination. I do have a personal favorite, but I fear my judgment is clouded as a result.
January 24th, 2017
The Oscar nominations were announced starting at 5:18 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, it’s a boring year for nominations with very few surprises worth talking about, especially in the biggest categories. Leading the way was La La Land with 14 nominations, tying the record.
December 9th, 2016
I problably could have cut this list down to one film, La La Land, because it is the only film on this week’s list with a realistic chance at expanding significantly. In fact, given its reviews and its buzz, it has a realistic chance at earning Oscar glory.
December 1st, 2016
November was good, but not great. Fortunately, 2016 had a large enough lead going into November that the month only needed to be good. In fact, it could have been mediocre and 2016 would have still had an excellent shot to end the year above 2015. As for December, it’s a race between Star Wars and Star Wars. Almost no one thinks Rogue One is going to match The Force Awakens, but if Rogue One earns just half of what The Force Awakens managed, then 2016 will come out on top in the year-over-year comparison. There are only two other films with a better than 50/50 chance of hitting $100 million, Passengers and Sing. Either one could earn second place for the month, but Passengers will likely start faster. Last December, the only other film to earn more than $100 million was Daddy’s Home, which earned just a hair over $150 million. There’s a chance both Passengers and Sing will earn more than $150 million, which would be a boon to the box office. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just too strong last year and it would take a miracle for 2016 to have a stronger December. That said, it would take a complete collapse for 2016 not to top 2015 in raw dollars. The growth might not be enough to keep pace with ticket price inflation, on the other hand.
November 28th, 2016
After Superman Returns struggled at the box office and The Dark Knight became a surprise $1 billion hit, the folks at Warner Bros. decided to reboot the D.C. movies as D.C. Extended Universe using the dark and gritty style of the Dark Knight Trilogy. That hasn’t worked out so far. Man of Steel barely broke even and the mixed reviews made a few people worried about the franchise’s future. The dour interpretation of Superman didn’t work and the editing and pacing was a mess, but at least it had an interesting villain. Batman v Superman was terrible and had one of the worst villains of any comic book movie I’ve seen. When that film was eviscerated by the critics, Warner Bros. stepped in and made last minute changes to Suicide Squad. Did it work? Nope. But is it better than BvS?
August 26th, 2016
While there are a lot of films on this week’s list, none of them look like they will be box office hits. Southside with You is one of the best releases this week, but it is playing in over 800 theaters, which is likely too many. There are a number of other films that are worth seeing, like Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, but most of them are playing on Video on Demand, so their box office chances are nearly zero.
April 22nd, 2016
There are several limited releases on this week's list, including three that have a shot at earning a spot in the top ten. However, the best-reviewed releases are among the smaller releases: Tale of Tales and The Meddler included. However, if you don't want to go out, Holidays is good bet on Video on Demand.
March 1st, 2016
It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.
As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015.
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.
December 9th, 2015
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced today and there are at least a few surprises to talk about. Trumbo led the way with three nominations, but there were six films with two nods apiece. Six!
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.)
October 17th, 2014
It's an excellent week for limited releases with several films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. This includes a couple that are also earning really loud buzz. Of these, Birdman is probably going to win the weekend race on the Per Theater Chart, while Dear White People should also be a hit. Diplomacy, Housebound, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and others also deserve to find audiences, but not all will do so for various reasons (wrong genre, opening in Video on Demand, etc.).
September 3rd, 2013
It's a really slow week on the home market. There's only one first-run release of note, Now You See Me, while the best-selling TV on DVD release is from the CW, The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season. That doesn't mean there are no new releases worth picking up. In fact, there are a couple of contenders for Pick of the Week. Blancanieves is one such contender, but while the DVD or Blu-ray is worth picking up, I think the target audience is a little too limited for Pick of the Week. Instead, that honor goes to From Up on Poppy Hill on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
May 3rd, 2013
There are not a lot of top-notch releases on this week's list, as Iron Man 3 is scaring away all of the competition. Dead Man's Burden is earning great reviews, but it doesn't have a lot of buzz. The Iceman has better buzz, but only good reviews and limited releases generally need great reviews to thrive. What Maisie Knew has great reviews and some strong buzz, so perhaps it will be the biggest hit on this week's list.
|12/9/2016||Frank & Lola||Frank||$9,188||$0||$9,188|
|11/18/2016||Nocturnal Animals||Bobby Andes||$10,663,357||$20,009,246||$30,672,603|
|4/22/2016||Elvis & Nixon||Elvis Presley||$1,055,284||$388,001||$1,443,285|
|3/25/2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Zod||$330,360,194||$537,800,000||$868,160,194|
|12/31/2015||State Like Sleep||$0||$0||$0|
|11/20/2015||The Night Before||Mr. Green||$43,035,725||$9,391,621||$52,427,346|
|9/25/2015||99 Homes||Rick Carver||$1,411,927||$485,031||$1,896,958|
|8/21/2015||She's Funny That Way||Policeman Macy's||$111,993||$4,864,266||$4,976,259|
|10/17/2014||Young Ones||Ernest Holm||$0||$0||$0|
|6/14/2013||Man of Steel||General Zod||$291,045,518||$376,954,000||$667,999,518|
|5/3/2013||The Iceman||Richard Kuklinski||$1,930,282||$1,693,327||$3,623,609|
|8/24/2012||Premium Rush||Bobby Monday||$20,275,446||$11,117,755||$31,393,201|
|4/27/2012||The Raven||Dr. Morgan||$16,008,272||$14,593,529||$30,601,801|
|9/30/2011||Take Shelter||Curtis LaForche||$1,728,953||$3,243,063||$4,972,016|
|9/23/2011||Machine Gun Preacher||Donnie||$538,690||$3,183,298||$3,721,988|
|6/18/2010||Jonah Hex||Doc Cross Williams||$10,547,117||$475,579||$11,022,696|
|3/19/2010||The Runaways||Michael Shannon||$3,573,673||$1,704,959||$5,278,632|
|12/31/2009||My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?||$0||$0||$0|
|11/20/2009||The Missing Person||$17,896||$0||$17,896|
|12/26/2008||Revolutionary Road||Mrs. Givings' son||$22,911,480||$56,653,480||$79,564,960|
|12/14/2007||Shotgun Stories||Son Hayes||$46,026||$238,148||$284,174|
|10/26/2007||Before the Devil Knows You're Dead||Dex||$7,085,511||$17,823,577||$24,909,088|
|5/4/2007||Lucky You||Ray Zumbro (Binion's Poker Room (Satellite Tournament)||$5,755,286||$766,543||$6,521,829|
|11/17/2006||Let's Go to Prison||Lynard||$4,630,045||$0||$4,630,045|
|8/9/2006||World Trade Center||Dave Karnes||$70,278,893||$93,016,761||$163,295,654|
|6/18/2004||Grand Theft Parsons||Larry Oster-Berg||$0||$0||$0|
|7/18/2003||Bad Boys II||Floyd Poteet||$138,540,870||$134,731,112||$273,271,982|
|1/17/2003||Kangaroo Jack||Frankie Lombardo||$66,723,216||$24,000,000||$90,723,216|
|11/8/2002||8 Mile||Greg Buehl||$116,724,075||$129,045,127||$245,769,202|
|4/5/2002||High Crimes||Troy Abbott||$41,543,207||$22,237,893||$63,781,100|
|8/11/2000||Cecil B. Demented||Petie||$1,276,984||$676,898||$1,953,882|
|9/11/1998||Chicago Cab||Crack Head||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|8/2/1996||Chain Reaction||D.C. Flower Delivery Man||$21,226,204||$38,983,130||$60,209,334|
|12/19/1986||Little Shop of Horrors||TV Reporter||$38,747,385||$0||$38,747,385|
|4/22/2016||Elvis & Nixon||Executive Producer||$1,055,284||$388,001||$1,443,285|