|As an Actor||Leading||3||$399,699,751||$510,900,485||$910,600,236|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 3 films, with $910,600,236 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #220)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Dre Parker (The Karate Kid), Christopher (The Pursuit of Happyness), (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never), Kitai Raige (After Earth), Jacob Benson (The Day the Earth Stood Still)|
|Most productive collaborators: Will Smith, Harald Zwart, Jackie Chan, Joel Negron, M. Night Shyamalan|
October 8th, 2013
There are a couple first-run releases on this week's list: After Earth and The Hangover: Part III. However, neither film won over critics and both bombed in theaters, when compared to their production budgets. That said, The Hangover: Part III will likely be the best selling release of the week. As for the best new release, including a number where I'm still waiting for the screener. Ignoring those, the two best are Robot Chicken: Season Six on DVD or Blu-ray and Much Ado About Nothing on DVD or Blu-ray. Both are must haves, but I'm going with the latter over the former for Pick of the Week.
May 31st, 2013
Post-holiday weekends tend to feature weak releases and this time is no exception. After Earth is a film that should be a massive summer blockbuster, given its genre and its star, but the buzz is terrible. Now You See Me is the counter-programming release, but it should have a better opening than After Earth, relative to expectations and production budget. That said, Fast and Furious 6 will very likely remain on top of the box office chart. This weekend last year was the weekend Snow White and the Huntsman debuted and it earned $56 million. There's pretty much no chance any film will earn that much during this weekend. In fact, the two wide releases might not make that much combined.
May 1st, 2013
As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison.
|5/31/2013||After Earth||Kitai Raige||$60,522,097||$190,977,568||$251,499,665|
|2/9/2011||Justin Bieber: Never Say Never||$73,013,910||$26,020,215||$99,034,125|
|6/11/2010||The Karate Kid||Dre Parker||$176,591,618||$175,183,320||$351,774,938|
|12/12/2008||The Day the Earth Stood Still||Jacob Benson||$79,366,978||$153,700,000||$233,066,978|
|12/15/2006||The Pursuit of Happyness||Christopher||$162,586,036||$144,739,597||$307,325,633|