|As an Actor||Supporting||35||$2,748,699,981||$3,695,401,550||$6,444,101,531|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$50,515,297||$37,726,000||$88,241,297|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 35 films, with $6,444,101,531 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #44)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Mayor Leodore Lionheart (Zootopia), J. Jonah Jameson (Spider-Man 3), J. Jonah Jameson (Spider-Man 2), J. Jonah Jameson (Spider-Man), Kai (Kung Fu Panda 3)|
|Most productive collaborators: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Phil Johnston|
October 1st, 2016
September is over and we should all be glad about that. Unless the final weekend brings a surprise $100 million hit or two, 2016’s lead over 2015 will shrink over the month. There were some bright spots, most notably Sully, which will be the biggest hit of the month. On the other hand, we had more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Sadly, October isn’t much better. There are a couple of films that could be $100 million hits, but most of the films will struggle to become midlevel hits. Both Inferno and The Girl on the Train are aiming for $100 million. One of them might get there too. If both get there, then October will be seen as a success. By comparison, last October was led by The Martian; however, because of a misalignment in the calendar, The Martian’s opening weekend actually lines up with the final weekend in September. It had great legs, so that will help 2015 early in the month, but the rest of the month was terrible last year and I think 2016 will come out ahead as a result.
June 4th, 2016
Zootopia is slowly making its way to $1 billion worldwide [Copy Ed: It passed $1 billion this weekend], but in the meantime, it arrives on the home market this week. It is one of the biggest hits of the year so far and earned Oscar-worthy reviews. Will my voice be added to choir of praise? Or will I be part of the dissenting minority?
February 24th, 2015
This list is going to be a little shorter than I wanted... a lot shorter actually. My Internet Provider decided it would be a good idea to do maintenance tonight, so I was without internet access for several hours. There are two first-run releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week: Big Hero 6 (DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack) and Whiplash (DVD or Blu-ray). The other contender is the Criterion Collection release for Watership Down (Blu-ray). All three are worth owning, but Big Hero 6 is the Pick of the Week.
February 22nd, 2015
The Oscar ceremony is tonight and we will be live-blogging the winners... assuming I don't get bored and wander away. On a serious note, while my job is all about movies and I love watching movies, I love paying attention to box office numbers, I even love Awards Season. I hate ceremonies. As per usual, here is the list of nominees marked according to predictions / wishes. Nominees in Bold are the ones predicted to win by our readers. If I predicted a different film, those are in Italics. Meanwhile, the nominees I want to win, but don't think will win, are Underlined. There are a few categories where the film I really think deserves the award were not even nominated, plus a few I don't have a real opinion on.
February 22nd, 2015
The polls are closed in our 18th annual Predict the Academy Awards contest, and it has turned out to be the most exciting two-horse race in the history of the contest.
After weeks of intense debate among our voters, we have a virtual tie in the biggest categories of all: Best Picture and Best Director. The predicted Best Picture winner is, in fact, a statistical dead heat. Boyhood garnered 47% of the total vote, and Birdman 46%, giving the Linklater epic the tiniest of edges.
Best Director is a clearer contest, but still close, and still a bout between Boyhood and Birdman. Richard Linklater is favorite to win Best Director, perhaps in part because he’s more “due” for the award than Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. As noted, though, “favorite” is strong, given the closeness of this category, with Linklater getting 55% of the votes and Inarritu taking a 46% share.
The other big story about this year’s contest is just how much of a two-horse contest it really is. With 93% of the Best Picture vote going to Birdman and Boyhood, the remaining nominees were left to split the other 7% of the vote. American Sniper, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything each gathered a handful of votes from The Numbers readers, and Selma and Whiplash are given virtually no chance at all.
February 22nd, 2015
February 20th, 2015
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 the biggest prize, Best Picture. Like with Best Director, this is a two-horse race with the same two films at the top of the list.
February 12th, 2015
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 the two supporting actor categories, finishing with Best Supporting Actor. Like the Best Supporting Actress category, Best Supporting Actor isn't even close and one of the five nominees is absolutely running away with things.
February 8th, 2015
The BAFTA winners were announced on Sunday and there were a few surprises, including the number one winner. The Grand Budapest Hotel took home five awards, while Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash earned three each.
January 26th, 2015
The Screen Actors Guild winners were announced Sunday and there were some surprises, mostly in the negative. Birdman picked up the biggest prize, but there were six different winners in the six categories.
January 17th, 2015
The Oscar nominations were announced early in the morning, when all sensible people were asleep. There were some surprises, as well as some results that would have been surprises had it not been for the previous Awards Season nominations. Seventeen films earned two or more nods, led by Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, both of which picked up nine nominations, while The Imitation Game was right behind with eight.
January 12th, 2015
We are still waiting for the DGA nominations to be announced, but we had the first major awards show on Sunday. The Golden Globes winners were announced Sunday night and while there were not a lot of surprises, there are some things worth talking about. Leading the way with three wins was Boyhood, while Birdman and The Theory of Everything each picked up a pair of wins.
January 11th, 2015
The BAFTA nominations were announced yesterday and unlike most other Awards Season voters, the BAFTA voters gave us some real surprises. For instance, Birdman didn't lead the way. In fact, it was a comedy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, that earned the most nominations at 11. Granted, Birdman and The Theory of Everything were tied for second place with ten each, but it is still strange to see a comedy leading the way.
December 11th, 2014
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning, at three in the morning, because the people at Golden Globes are under the delusion that news announced at 3:00 a.m. is somehow more important if it is announced before anyone is awake. As for the actual nominations, like with the Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG nominations, Birdman led the way. It earned seven nominations, while Boyhood and The Imitation Game tied for second with five apiece. Starting to notice a pattern here? This could be a really dull Awards Season with very few surprises. On the other hand, predictable means less work for me. Plus, predictable probably means the Awards Season voters are making the right choices, as surprises usually mean someone made the wrong choice.
December 10th, 2014
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced Wednesday morning. Are there surprises worth mentioning? Is the Oscar picture beginning to take shape? Like with the Independent Spirit Awards, Birdman led the way this time earning four nominations from six categories, while Boyhood, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything had three nods each.
December 6th, 2014
The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last week and I'm getting to them a little late, because I needed to organize the whole Awards Season stories. Firstly, I've decided to use the year the movies were released not the year the awards are handed out, unlike what we did last year. This means both will have 2014 as the year. Not ideal, but it is better to fix the mistake now than carry on making it. Secondly, the headlines are just going to be the name of the Awards and either nominations or winners. This will make it easier for readers to find later on. As for the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, Birdman led the way with 6 nods, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma were right behind with 5 each.
October 10th, 2014
We have a rather long list of limited releases this week, but sadly only three of them are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Unfortunately, two of these films will likely not do well in theaters. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is a horror film, which is one strike against it, while it is also playing on Video on Demand. I Am Ali is a documentary, so it could do well in art house circuits, but its chances of expanding significantly are very limited. Finally there's Whiplash, which could lead the way on the Per Theater Chart.
August 3rd, 2014
The Legend of Korra is a follow-up to Avatar: The Last Airbender. That cartoon earned a lot of praise and became a favorite among many people becoming popular enough to be adapted into a movie, which we will never speak of again. When a new series was announced, some were a little worried. It would have big shoes to fill. However, the first season was greeted with nearly universal praise. Can the second season continue this high level of quality.
April 20th, 2014
Barefoot is an English-language remake of Barfuss a German film. The film earned mixed reviews (both reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are positive, but the critics are not overly enthusiastic with their praise calling it a lightweight and predictable movie). Despite this, it was a hit in its native market earning just over $12 million on a $6.5 million production budget. Barefoot wasn't able to live up to its predecessor at the box office, but is it worth checking out on the home market?
February 21st, 2014
It's a busy week on the limited release front, not only in terms of the number of films, but also in terms of the theater counts for some of them. There are several movies opening in more than a dozen theaters. This includes The Wind Rises, which is the highest profile film of the week and its reviews are living up to its buzz. However, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and Child's Pose are earning even better reviews and could find an audience in limited release.
December 7th, 2013
The first full weekend of December and less than three weeks till Christmas. The second installment of our Holiday Gift Guide is where we talks about TV on DVD releases. We limit ourselves to the first season of new shows or the Megasets for complete shows. We do this, because generally speaking, you don't need our advice whether or not to give someone the sixth season of Murdoch Mysteries as a gift. Did they buy and enjoy the first five? Then yes, but the sixth season as a gift. If not, I wouldn't bother. Like with Part I, this year's selection doesn't seem very strong. There were very few new shows that were truly great. According to Metacritic, the best new show of the season was Nashville, which is a bit of a surprise. The second best show was Call the Midwife, but season two has already come out on DVD and Blu-ray, so it is not really a new show. Meanwhile, the third best show was canceled before its first season was completed. It wasn't a good year for high quality TV. There are also not a lot of Megasets for shows that recently ended that are obviously worth picking up, but the best of the group is...
August 1st, 2013
July was hit and miss at the box office, mostly miss. In fact, only two films really topped expectations, Despicable Me 2 and The Conjuring. That said, 2013 has nearly closed the gap with 2012 and it won't take much to pull ahead. Looking forward to August, we find that it is a very busy month with 16 or so films opening wide over five weeks. Of course, the closer you get to September, the more likely these films will struggle to find an audience, and more often than not, there are simply too many films opening wide to suspect they will all find an audience. On the high end, 2 Guns could be the biggest hit of the month with just over $100 million. The Smurfs 2 and Elysium could pull in $100 million. All three of those films are opening in the first two weeks of the month. After that, most of the new releases will be lucky if they reach $50 million during their theatrical runs. By comparison, last August was not as busy with 14 wide releases. Of those, only one film, The Bourne Legacy, topped $100 million, although a couple came reasonably close. Hopefully we will have more $100 million hits this time around and 2013 will be able to complete the comeback.
May 26th, 2013
Dark Skies opened in theaters with no reviews, it missed the top five during its opening weekend, and then quickly disappeared from theaters. This week, it reaches the home market, but is it as bad as that sounds? Or should the studio have more faith in the film?
February 1st, 2013
For the most part, January was a really good month and 2013 got off to a really good start. I'm not so sure about February, on the other hand. There's only one film that has a statistically significant shot at $100 million, A Good Day to Die Hard, but I'm a little concerned that it won't live up to expectations. The franchise has been around a long time and it is possible that the target audience has either moved on or are too young to remember when these films were huge at the box office. The film I'm most looking forward to seeing is Warm Bodies, which is earning amazing early reviews (the keyword there is "early"), but it is too high-concept to be a major hit. Last February, there were a couple of films that topped $100 million, plus a few other midlevel hits. I would like to think that would also be the case this year, but I have to be more cautious than that. The evidence points to a weak month ahead, for the most part.
|12/9/2016||La La Land||$0||$0||$0|
|10/14/2016||The Accountant||Ray King||$48,745,715||$10,200,000||$58,945,715|
|10/7/2016||The Late Bloomer||$0||$0||$0|
|3/4/2016||Zootopia||Mayor Leodore Lionheart||$341,268,248||$680,500,000||$1,021,768,248|
|1/29/2016||Kung Fu Panda 3||Kai||$143,528,619||$375,100,000||$518,628,619|
|2/10/2015||The Rewrite||Dr. Hal Lerner||$0||$149,696||$149,696|
|12/5/2014||Murder of a Cat||Sheriff||$0||$0||$0|
|8/19/2014||The Boxcar Children||$0||$0||$0|
|1/31/2014||Labor Day||Mr. Jervis||$13,371,528||$818,282||$14,189,810|
|5/22/2013||3 Geezers||J Kimball||$0||$0||$0|
|2/22/2013||Dark Skies||Edwin Pollard||$17,418,667||$10,285,444||$27,704,111|
|9/7/2012||The Words||Mr. Jansen||$11,494,838||$4,874,870||$16,369,708|
|8/31/2012||The Good Doctor||Detective Krauss||$5,206||$11,242||$16,448|
|5/6/2011||An Invisible Sign||Mr. Jones||$1,279||$0||$1,279|
|3/18/2011||The Music Never Stopped||Henry Sawyer||$258,538||$42,865||$301,403|
|7/30/2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Gruf K9||$45,539,292||$69,440,630||$114,979,922|
|1/8/2010||Crazy on the Outside||$88,335||$0||$88,335|
|12/11/2009||The Vicious Kind||$0||$0||$0|
|12/4/2009||Up in the Air||Bob||$83,823,381||$83,019,358||$166,842,739|
|3/20/2009||I Love You, Man||Oswald Klaven||$71,440,011||$20,289,492||$91,729,503|
|1/30/2009||New in Town||$16,734,283||$13,203,626||$29,937,909|
|9/12/2008||Burn After Reading||CIA Superior||$60,355,347||$107,812,451||$168,167,798|
|5/4/2007||Spider-Man 3||J. Jonah Jameson||$336,530,303||$554,345,000||$890,875,303|
|2/23/2007||The Astronaut Farmer||Jacobson||$11,003,643||$137,570||$11,141,213|
|11/10/2006||Harsh Times||Agent Richards||$3,337,931||$2,887,373||$6,225,304|
|3/17/2006||Thank You For Smoking||BR||$24,793,509||$15,223,153||$40,016,662|
|3/11/2005||Off the Map||George||$1,310,368||$0||$1,310,368|
|6/30/2004||Spider-Man 2||J. Jonah Jameson||$373,524,485||$410,180,516||$783,705,001|
|3/26/2004||The Ladykillers||Garth Pancake||$39,692,139||$37,700,000||$77,392,139|
|3/5/2004||Hidalgo||Buffalo Bill Cody||$67,286,731||$40,800,000||$108,086,731|
|5/3/2002||Spider-Man||J. Jonah Jameson||$403,706,375||$418,000,000||$821,706,375|
|3/2/2001||Hit & Runway||Ray Tilman||$81,570||$0||$81,570|
|12/19/2000||The Gift||Sheriff Pearl Johnson||$12,008,642||$32,558,964||$44,567,606|
|8/11/2000||Autumn in New York||Dr. Tom Grandy||$37,752,931||$52,964,753||$90,717,684|
|12/10/1999||The Cider House Rules||Ray Kendall||$57,547,209||$31,000,000||$88,547,209|
|9/17/1999||For Love of the Game||Frank Perry||$35,188,640||$10,924,000||$46,112,640|
|2/20/1998||Love Walked In||Mr. Shulman||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|9/27/1996||Extreme Measures||Dr. Mingus||$17,378,193||$0||$17,378,193|
|9/20/1996||The First Wives Club||Federal Marshal||$105,489,203||$76,000,000||$181,489,203|
|9/30/1994||The Scout||Assistant Coach||$2,667,163||$0||$2,667,163|
|3/9/1994||The Ref||Commandant Siskel||$11,325,885||$1,000,000||$12,325,885|