|As an Actor||Leading||14||$1,601,823,361||$2,232,553,516||$3,834,376,877|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$743,214||$8,592,474||$9,335,688|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 14 films, with $3,834,376,877 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #37)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Bella Swan (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2), Isabella Swan (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Bella Swan (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1), Bella Swan (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Bella Swan (Twilight)|
|Most productive collaborators: Robert Pattinson, Rupert Sanders, Taylor Lautner, Tricia Wood, Charlize Theron|
2015 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III - Limited Releases, Foreign Films, Classics, and Canadian Films
December 13th, 2015
The third installment of the Holiday Gift Guide focuses on smaller releases, movies that opened in limited release, foreign films, classics getting new releases, and a few Canadian films. This year the list looks different to the previous guides for a simple reason. While there were only eight releases on the TV on DVD installment of the holiday gift guide, the first pass had more than 30 films on this list. I tried trimming the list, but that resulted in me remembering more films I wanted to add to it. Even after getting rid of the ones that won't be released until after Christmas, like Bone Tomahawk, there are still way too many releases to deal with. So let's not delay anymore and get to the list, starting with the biggest release...
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.
November 23rd, 2015
American Ultra was released in late August, which is a terrible time of the year to release a movie. Additionally, American Ultra is a Black Comedy, which is one of the hardest genres to pull off. It is very hard to balance the darker elements and the comedy and the tonal shifts that are not perfect will irritate critics. Even black comedies that do earn good reviews rarely connect with moviegoers, because it is a niche market. This film earned mixed reviews and bombed at the box office. Did it deserve better? Will it at least satisfy fans of the genre?
August 25th, 2015
Clouds of Sils Maria is a French co-production that earned a lot of praise in its native market. Not only was it nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, but it earned six CÚsar Award nominations, including a win for Kristen Stewart for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first American actress to win a CÚsar. Unfortunately, despite this praise, the movie never caught on here in theaters earning just under $2 million in limited release. Granted, that's better than a lot of films manage, but still disappointing compared to the critical praise. Did it deserve better? Or was the film geared towards critics and won't appeal to the average moviegoer?
August 1st, 2015
It is still a little too soon to tell how July will finish, as we don't have any numbers for the final weekend at the time of writing. We know Minions was a monster hit and that Ant-man will be a financial success. However, until we see how Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation does, it will be impossible to call the month a true success. If Rogue Nation bombed this weekend, then the month is only a partial success. It would also mean the summer of 2015 could be coming to an abrupt end. As for August, only Fantastic Four has a better than 50/50 chance of reaching $100 million; although some people think Straight Outta Compton also has a shot at that milestone. Besides those two, only a couple of other films even have a realistic shot at becoming midlevel hits. Worse still, last August was amazing with Guardians of the Galaxy breaking records. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also did better than expected with a domestic haul of nearly $200 million. No release this August is going to match that figure. There's a good chance the top two releases combined won't do so. Fortunately, 2015 has a sizable lead over 2014, so even a soft month will keep 2015 ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
July 13th, 2015
It is both a good and a bad week on the home market. The biggest new release is Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. That's bad. However, there are also a trio of limited releases coming out this week that are easily contenders for Pick of the Week: Clouds of Sils Maria, Ex Machina, and It Follows. It is really a coin-toss between those three, but in the end, I went with Clouds of Sils Maria - Buy from Amazon: DVD.
June 3rd, 2015
Welcome to the column formerly known as the DVD and Blu-ray release report! In response to the changing home market landscape, we have renamed it the Home Market Release Report, and will now be including Video-on-Demand releases. It was a bad week to try and change the format, as there were a ton of great releases contending for Pick of the Week. Most of these contenders are TV on DVD releases, including Parks & Recreation: Season 7. There is also one limited release, Spring on Blu-ray, and one first-run releases, The SpongeBob Movie: A Sponge Out of Water on 3D Combo Pack. It was a close race, but I choose SpongeBob in the end.
April 10th, 2015
It is an excellent week for limited releases with two films earning stunning reviews and loud buzz: Clouds of Sils Maria and Ex Machina. I think the former has a better chance to expand significantly, but hopefully both will find audiences in theaters. There are also a number of other limited releases earning amazing reviews: About Elly, Black Souls, The Sisterhood of Night, etc. In fact, there are too many to think all of them will thrive.
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.).
November 13th, 2013
On Tuesday we launched The Numbers Bankability Index, a new service to help assess the value that different people bring to the industry, from actors and actresses to directors, screenwriters, producers, and anyone else involved in the creative process of making a movie. In this article, I'll look more deeply into how the Index is compiled, and how we use the tools behind it to analyze questions about people in movies.
If you haven't already, now's a good time to look at our announcement video, and the November Edition of the Worldwide Bankability Index.
November 5th, 2013
Twilight came out in 2008 to a mixture of high buzz and abject horror. There were a lot of people who were major fans of the book series by Stephenie Meyer, while others consider Stephenie Meyer the worst author of all time. That might be a bit harsh. The first movie opened with mixed reviews, but smashed through all expectations with nearly $200 million domestically. A year later, New Moon came out and despite earning just 27% positive reviews. That's awful any way you look at it, but even so, it earned nearly $300 million at the box office. Clearly this franchise is critic-proof and I'm under no delusion that any of my criticisms will stop anyone from buying this 10-disc Blu-ray box set. I'm so convinced that no one will change their minds over my opinion of the movie that I'm going to keep that portion of the review to a minimum and concentrate on the extras instead. After all, anyone interested in this box set has already made up their mind about the movie and just want to know if this box set has enough extras to be worth the price.
December 20th, 2012
There are not a lot of limited releases on this week's list; however, there are three films that have already found some Awards Season success, plus a couple others that are earning great reviews. Of the Awards Season hopefuls, Zero Dark Thirty is poised to earn the best per theater average, but it likely won't be the only success story over the weekend.
November 15th, 2012
As The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 prepares to re-write the record book, it would be easy to overlook the rest of the top five. However, there are a few other films of note. Firstly, Lincoln, which is expanding this weekend and will nearly be at the truly wide level. Nearly everyone thinks this film will grab a spot in the top five. Also, despite a lot of people predicting Breaking Dawn will break records, a lot of people think Skyfall will hold up pretty well over the weekend. By comparison, last year, Breaking Dawn, Part 1 had an impressive opening, but it was the only thing about the weekend that was impressive, as Happy Feet 2 crashed and burned. There's a slim chance Breaking Dawn, Part 2 will open with more than the combined openings of those two films. Adding in Skyfall and 2012 should come out with a major win this week.
November 1st, 2012
October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office.
|12/31/2017||Untitled Lizzy Borden Film||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2016||Untitled Woody Allen Project||$0||$0||$0|
|11/11/2016||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||$0||$0||$0|
|8/21/2015||American Ultra||Phoebe Larson||$14,439,985||$10,555,514||$24,995,499|
|4/10/2015||Clouds of Sils Maria||Valentine||$1,841,555||$918,160||$2,759,715|
|1/16/2015||Still Alice||Lydia Howland||$18,656,400||$23,043,212||$41,699,612|
|10/17/2014||Camp X-Ray||Private Cole||$9,837||$0||$9,837|
|12/21/2012||On the Road||Marylou / LuAnne Henderson||$720,828||$8,592,474||$9,313,302|
|11/16/2012||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2||Bella Swan||$292,324,737||$537,400,000||$829,724,737|
|6/1/2012||Snow White and the Huntsman||Snow White||$155,136,755||$245,880,169||$401,016,924|
|11/18/2011||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1||Bella Swan||$281,287,133||$408,132,918||$689,420,051|
|10/29/2010||Welcome to the Rileys||Mallory||$152,857||$203,062||$355,919|
|6/30/2010||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Isabella Swan||$300,531,751||$405,571,077||$706,102,828|
|3/19/2010||The Runaways||Joan Jett||$3,573,673||$1,704,959||$5,278,632|
|2/26/2010||The Yellow Handkerchief||$318,623||$0||$318,623|
|11/20/2009||The Twilight Saga: New Moon||Bella Swan||$296,623,634||$390,934,093||$687,557,727|
|3/24/2009||The Cake Eaters||$35,817||$0||$35,817|
|10/17/2008||What Just Happened||Zoe||$1,090,947||$1,321,176||$2,412,123|
|9/21/2007||Into the Wild||Tracy||$18,354,356||$38,468,604||$56,822,960|
|4/20/2007||In the Land of Women||Lucy Hardwicke||$11,052,958||$3,087,444||$14,140,402|
|2/6/2004||Catch That Kid||Maddy||$16,703,799||$255,815||$16,959,614|
|9/19/2003||Cold Creek Manor||Kristen Tilson||$21,384,035||$0||$21,384,035|
|3/7/2003||The Safety of Objects||Sam Jennings||$319,125||$0||$319,125|
|3/29/2002||Panic Room||Sarah Altman||$95,308,367||$101,000,000||$196,308,367|