|As an Actor||Leading||6||$43,869,350||$13,324,305||$57,193,655|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$361,793,388||$239,253,217||$601,046,605|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$0||$0||$0|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 6 films, with $57,193,655 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,196)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Chloe Beale (Pitch Perfect 2), Amber Von Tussle (Hairspray), Zoe (The Pacifier), Chloe (Pitch Perfect), Donna Keppel (Prom Night)|
|Most productive collaborators: Adam Shankman, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Kay Cannon, Jason Moore|
May 1st, 2015
April is over and there was good news and bad news. Good news: Furious 7 crushed the competition, and broke records along the way. Bad news: Furious 7 crushed the competition and no other April release will earn as much in total as Furious 7 earned during its opening day. Fortunately, Furious 7 was so strong that it carried April of 2015 to a draw when compared to April of 2014. May has a lot of similarities to April. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to break records during its opening weekend and even the low end has it earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, no other film is going to come close to that figure. There are five other films with a potential to reach $100 million at the box office. The keyword there is "potential". There's a chance less than half of those five films will get to that milestone. And like last April, last May had much better depth with five films that reached $100 million, including four that surpassed $200 million. Age of Ultron will earn more than the combined totals of Maleficent, last month's winner, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which placed second for the month. I am a little concerned about the lack of depth this month and this could cause May to lose in the month-over-month comparison in the end.
February 25th, 2015
July 8th, 2013
It is a very busy week on the home market with four wide releases, five if you count Spring Breakers, which expanded semi-wide during its second weekend of release. None of these films were big hits at the box office. In fact, the five of them combined made $122 million. Additionally, only one of them earned good reviews. Fortunately, not only did Spring Breakers earn good reviews, its DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack are loaded, enough to be a contender for Pick of the Week. The other main contender is The Legend of Korra - Book One: Air. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for the screener for both of those releases, and I hate handing out the Pick of the Week when the screener is on its way. Because of that, I'm going with a late review, Wilfred: Season Two on DVD or Blu-ray.
January 20th, 2013
Pitch Perfect came out in select theaters in September, which is usually a terrible way to release a movie and time of the year. However, it earned an impressive per theater average during its opening weekend, enough to warrant a wide expansion. Over the following weekends, it held on well enough to become a solid midlevel hit. By the time it reached the home market, it was already profitable, thanks in part to is low production budget. The film is clearly aimed at fans of the many music-centered TV shows, like Glee or Smash, but will it have much crossover appeal?
December 16th, 2012
It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week.
October 1st, 2012
2012 continues its downward path. After a record-breaking spring, thanks to The Hunger Games, and a record-breaking start to the summer, thanks to The Avengers, the box office hasn't been able to maintain any real momentum. For most of the month, September was no better than August and now the year-over-year gains are just a little more than inflation. October will need to improve or 2012 will be in real trouble. Unfortunately, that might be tough. There's not a single film coming out in October that looks like it will be a guaranteed $100 million hit and there are only two films with a realistic chance, Taken 2 and Paranormal Activity 4. (There's also Cloud Atlas, which is a wild card. That movie could bomb or be the biggest hit of the month and I wouldn't be surprised either way.) There is a chance all three will get to the century mark, but there's a better chance none of them will. Last October, two films cracked $100 million: Paranormal Activity 3 and Puss in Boots, with the latter nearly reaching $150 million. I don't see any film coming close to matching that figure. On the other hand, last year there were six films that one could accurately describe as bombs. So while 2012 is weaker at the top, it could have better depth than 2011 did. Let's hope so, because we can't afford more bad news.
|5/15/2015||Pitch Perfect 2||Chloe Beale||$183,785,415||$103,209,963||$286,995,378|
|4/10/2015||Dial a Prayer||Cora||$0||$0||$0|
|11/14/2014||Always Woodstock||Pop Diva||$0||$0||$0|
|2/8/2013||Would you Rather||Iris||$0||$0||$0|
|12/11/2009||The Vicious Kind||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2008||Black Water Transit||Sardoonah||$0||$0||$0|
|4/11/2008||Prom Night||Donna Keppel||$43,869,350||$13,324,305||$57,193,655|
|7/20/2007||Hairspray||Amber Von Tussle||$118,871,849||$84,000,000||$202,871,849|
|7/28/2006||John Tucker Must Die||Kate||$41,011,711||$27,812,815||$68,824,526|
|2/8/2013||Would you Rather||Executive Producer||$0||$0||$0|