|As an Actor||Leading||34||$1,574,441,757||$1,762,977,927||$3,337,419,684|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$227,419,260||$562,289,548||$789,708,808|
|In Technical Roles||Director||8||$616,414,662||$670,319,227||$1,286,733,889|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 34 films, with $3,337,419,684 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #52)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Barney Ross (The Expendables), Barney Ross (The Expendables 2), The Toymaker (Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over), Joe the Lion Voice (Zookeeper), Rocky Balboa (Rocky Balboa)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Expendables (Director), The Expendables (Screenwriter), The Expendables 2 (Screenwriter), The Expendables 3 (Screenwriter), The Expendables 3 (Story Creator)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jason Statham, David Callaham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Kevin King-Templeton|
August 1st, 2014
July was... well... let's just pretend it didn't happen. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did well, but week after week 2014 fell further behind 2013 in the year-to-date comparison. At the moment, we are roughly $400 million behind last year's pace and while I don't think August will continue the losing streak, there's really no chance August will put a dent in that number. It looks more and more likely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a hit, especially given its early reviews, but it could be the last $100 million hit till October, if the bad buzz surrounding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turns into bad ticket sales. Last August there were two films that reached $100 million, plus two others that came close. This August might match that, while the biggest film this year should top the biggest film from last year. I think the slump 2014 is suffering through will end the first weekend and overall I think it will cut the deficit a little bit. That said, summer 2014 will still end as one of the worst recent summers at the box office.
February 8th, 2014
February 3rd, 2014
It's another slow week on the home market. There are five or so first run releases, but the biggest box office was earned by Free Birds, which earned $55 million. Fortunately, while there are no box office hits, there are some high quality releases, led by Dallas Buyers Club. Unfortunately, the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack has so few extras that I'm convinced a special edition is on its way, so it isn't a Pick of the Week contender. So what are the Pick of the Week contenders this week? First there's Cutie and the Boxer on DVD or Blu-ray. Second there's ... Cutie and the Boxer is the Pick of the Week.
February 1st, 2014
Escape Plan features two of the biggest action stars of the 1980s, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It earned mixed reviews and failed to find an audience here. (It did perform well enough internationally that it could break even early on the home market.) Is the film better than its box office performance? Or did it fail to find an audience for a reason?
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.
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
October 18th, 2013
There are two wide releases this week, Carrie and Escape Plan. However, neither film is earning critical praise and neither film is expected to be a breakout hit. There is a third film opening semi-wide, The Fifth Estate, but despite being clearly made for Oscars, its reviews are worse than the two more mainstream releases. It looks like Gravity will have no trouble earning the hat trick at the box office. It should also earn more than last year's winner, Paranormal Activity 4. Unfortunately, last year had much better depth than this year will have, so 2013 will likely lose yet again in the year-over-year comparison.
October 1st, 2013
October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth.
February 4th, 2013
There were a number of factors that hurt the box office over the weekend, not the least of which was the rather exciting Super Bowl game. (At least it sounds like it was exciting. I Googled the score a couple times, but I didn't watch the game.) Warm Bodies easily won the weekend race and finished on the high end of expectations, while Silver Linings Playbook remains on pace to reach $100 million. On the other hand, Bullet to the Head bombed. Overall, the box office fell 21% to just $89 million. Again, the Super Bowl had a lot to do with that. Compared to last year, the box office was down 23%. 2013 is still ahead of 2012 by 3.4% at $917 million to $887 million but that lead could be gone by the end of next weekend.
February 3rd, 2013
Counter-programming will win the day this Superbowl weekend, with rombie comedy Warm Bodies posting a respectable $20.025 million, according to Lionsgate's Sunday estimate. While there's nothing special about that result, it does give the film a shot at making money, which is more than can be said for actioner Bullet to the Head. Sylvester Stallone's latest will limp to $4.5 million for the weekend, an even worse result than Jason Statham's Parker (which debuted with $7 million) and Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand ($6.3 million). Put those three together, and you get a combined opening of $17.8 million, which still wouldn't much to write home about if one of them had earned it on its own.
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.
January 31st, 2013
February begins with two wide releases, Warm Bodies and Bullet to the Head. Both will have to deal with holdovers, and more importantly, The Super Bowl. Bullet to the Head's target audience is nearly identical to that for the Super Bowl, while at least Warm Bodies has at least some chance of a breakout success. Last year there were three wide releases, two of which opened with more than $20 million. It is going to be almost impossible for 2013 to match that result.
November 18th, 2012
The Expendables cost $82 million, which is not an insignificant amount of money, especially for a mini-major like Lionsgate. However, the risk paid off when it became the distributor's biggest hit of all time. (That record has since been broken by The Hunger Games.) It was obvious that they would make a sequel, but is it any good? Granted, in my review, I called the original, "a pretty mindless action film that takes itself a little too seriously at times." So I'm not expecting a lot here. If the movie can provide mindless action like before, then I will assume it is worth checking out for fans. Can it deliver? Can it surpass expectations?
|4/29/2016||Ratchet and Clank||$0||$0||$0|
|8/15/2014||The Expendables 3||Barney Ross||$39,322,544||$170,138,834||$209,461,378|
|6/6/2014||Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon||Himself||$212,701||$2,544||$215,245|
|12/25/2013||Grudge Match||Henry "Razor" Sharp||$29,807,260||$40,000,000||$69,807,260|
|2/1/2013||Bullet to the Head||James Bonomo||$9,489,829||$13,108,140||$22,597,969|
|8/17/2012||The Expendables 2||Barney Ross||$85,028,192||$226,951,064||$311,979,256|
|7/8/2011||Zookeeper||Joe the Lion Voice||$80,360,866||$90,444,659||$170,805,525|
|8/13/2010||The Expendables||Barney Ross||$103,068,524||$165,199,650||$268,268,174|
|1/25/2008||Rambo||John J. Rambo||$42,754,105||$69,460,426||$112,214,531|
|12/20/2006||Rocky Balboa||Rocky Balboa||$70,269,899||$85,959,151||$156,229,050|
|7/25/2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||The Toymaker||$111,760,631||$56,091,364||$167,851,995|
|9/20/2002||Eye See You||Malloy||$79,161||$1,728,829||$1,807,990|
|10/6/2000||Get Carter||Jack Carter||$14,967,182||$4,450,000||$19,417,182|
|2/27/1998||An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood …||Himself||$45,779||$0||$45,779|
|8/15/1997||Cop Land||Sheriff Freddy Heflin||$44,810,734||$18,800,000||$63,610,734|
|6/30/1995||Judge Dredd||Judge Dredd||$34,687,912||$78,800,000||$113,487,912|
|10/7/1994||The Specialist||Ray Quick||$57,344,996||$0||$57,344,996|
|10/8/1993||Demolition Man||John Spartan||$57,168,248||$101,000,000||$158,168,248|
|2/1/1992||Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot||Joe Bomowski||$28,411,000||$42,000,000||$70,411,000|
|11/16/1990||Rocky V||Rocky Balboa||$40,946,358||$79,000,000||$119,946,358|
|12/22/1989||Tango & Cash||Raymond 'Ray' Tango||$61,772,769||$0||$61,772,769|
|8/4/1989||Lock Up||Frank Leone||$21,717,616||$0||$21,717,616|
|5/25/1988||Rambo III||John J. Rambo||$53,715,611||$135,000,000||$188,715,611|
|2/13/1987||Over the Top||Lincoln Hawk||$14,765,355||$0||$14,765,355|
|5/23/1986||Cobra||Lieutenant Marion Cobretti||$44,769,650||$0||$44,769,650|
|11/27/1985||Rocky IV||Rocky Balboa||$123,947,780||$172,500,000||$296,447,780|
|5/22/1985||Rambo: First Blood Part II||John Rambo||$150,415,432||$149,984,568||$300,400,000|
|7/15/1983||Staying Alive||Man on Street||$63,841,474||$62,200,000||$126,041,474|
|10/22/1982||First Blood||John Rambo||$47,212,904||$78,000,000||$125,212,904|
|5/28/1982||Rocky III||Rocky Balboa||$119,350,720||$0||$119,350,720|
|4/10/1981||Nighthawks||Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva||$14,600,000||$5,000,000||$19,600,000|
|6/15/1979||Rocky 2||Rocky Balboa||$85,182,160||$115,000,000||$200,182,160|
|11/10/1978||Paradise Alley||Cosmo Carboni||$8,000,000||$0||$8,000,000|
|4/13/1978||F.I.S.T||Johnny D. Kovak||$20,388,920||$0||$20,388,920|
|4/1/1975||Death Race 2000||Machine-Gun Joe Viterbo||$0||$0||$0|
|1/1/1975||Farewell, My Lovely||Kelly/Jonnie||$2,000,000||$0||$2,000,000|
|5/1/1974||The Lord's of Flatbush||Stanley Rosiello||$0||$0||$0|
|4/28/1971||Bananas||Subway Thug #2||$0||$0||$0|
|1/1/1971||Klute||Extra/Man Dancing in Club||$12,512,637||$0||$12,512,637|
|8/15/2014||The Expendables 3||Story Creator,|
|8/17/2012||The Expendables 2||Screenwriter||$85,028,192||$226,951,064||$311,979,256|