|As an Actor||Supporting||18||$910,632,922||$1,307,129,712||$2,217,762,634|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$159,275,133||$355,487,786||$514,762,919|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 18 films, with $2,217,762,634 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #520)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Blackwood (Sherlock Holmes), Merlin (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Sinestro (Green Lantern), Stewart Menzies (The Imitation Game), Godfrey (Robin Hood)|
|Most productive collaborators: Matthew Vaughn, Colin Firth, Russell Crowe, Jane Goldman, Samuel L. Jackson|
June 3rd, 2016
One second. ... I'm going to have to take a break to recover from that pun in the title. That one hurt me just typing it up. There are several films on this week's list that are earning unanimously positive reviews, or very close to it. Unfortunately, none of them look like they have what it takes to be a break out hit in limited release. The Fits (Reviews) is just too small a film, while both The President (Reviews) and The Wailing (Reviews) are foreign-language films. Hopefully I'm just being too pessimistic.
March 1st, 2016
It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.
As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015.
June 13th, 2015
Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on a comic book co-created by Mark Millar, who previously created the Kick-Ass comic book series. (On a side note, apparently there is a Hit Girl prequel comic book in the works and if that does well, there might be a Kick-Ass 3 movie that focuses more on Hit Girl. She was definitely the best part of the second movie.) It was a February release, so expectations were good, but not great. However, the film managed more than $125 million domestically and $400 million worldwide. That's fantastic. Is it as good as its box office numbers? Or did it thrive thanks to terrible competition?
March 29th, 2013
It's kind of a mixed week when it comes to limited releases. There are quite a few of them, but not many that have good reviews and strong buzz. The best of these is Blancanieves, which I thought opened previously. There are some with good reviews and some with buzz, but not a lot that scream hit. The Place Beyond the Pines probably has the best chance at hitting major milestones.
January 1st, 2013
December ended on a positive note with 2012 topping 2011 with a week to spare. Hopefully this will translate into strong box office numbers going forward. There are several January releases that actually look very interesting, but you always have to ask, if the films are as good as they look, why are they opening in January? The biggest hit on this list will likely not be a January release, but a limited release from December that is expanding wide in January. Zero Dark Thirty opened in limited release the Wednesday before Christmas and right away it got off to an incredible start. If it can turn some of its Awards Season nominations into wins, which seems very likely at this point, it should be the biggest hit of January. If it can earn some major Oscars, then it might crack $100 million. Unfortunately, no other film on this release list is likely to come close to the $100 million mark. Last January was unseasonably strong with three films opening with $20 million or more and four films finishing with $50 million or more. It is possible that none of the new releases will reach those relatively weak standards.
|6/3/2016||Approaching the Unknown||Captain William D. Stanaforth||$10,232||$0||$10,232|
|3/11/2016||The Brothers Grimsby||Sebastian||$6,864,016||$21,884,368||$28,748,384|
|9/15/2015||Closer to the Moon||$0||$5,396||$5,396|
|4/17/2015||Closer to the Moon||$0||$0||$0|
|2/13/2015||Kingsman: The Secret Service||Merlin||$128,261,724||$276,300,000||$404,561,724|
|11/28/2014||The Imitation Game||Stewart Menzies||$91,125,143||$136,648,543||$227,773,686|
|10/31/2014||Before I Go to Sleep||Dr. Nasch||$3,242,457||$16,321,122||$19,563,579|
|3/27/2013||Welcome to the Punch||Jacob Sternwood||$7,034||$4,200,068||$4,207,102|
|3/1/2013||Day of the Falcon||Amar||$0||$435,220||$435,220|
|12/19/2012||Zero Dark Thirty||George||$95,720,716||$38,891,719||$134,612,435|
|3/9/2012||John Carter||Matai Shang||$73,058,679||$209,719,421||$282,778,100|
|12/9/2011||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Jim Prideaux||$24,149,393||$57,303,418||$81,452,811|
|7/29/2011||The Guard||Clive Cornell||$5,359,774||$15,837,680||$21,197,454|
|12/29/2010||The Way Back||Khabarov||$2,719,296||$4,622,022||$7,341,318|
|12/18/2009||The Young Victoria||Sir John Conroy||$11,001,272||$20,877,619||$31,878,891|
|10/17/2008||Flashbacks of a Fool||$1,020||$0||$1,020|
|10/10/2008||Body of Lies||Hani Salaam||$39,394,666||$79,161,864||$118,556,530|
|3/7/2008||Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day||$12,313,694||$2,859,259||$15,172,953|
|1/13/2006||Tristan & Isolde||Wictred||$14,734,633||$2,720,980||$17,455,613|
|1/1/2003||To End All Wars||Dusty||$0||$0||$0|