|As an Actor||Leading||23||$357,628,937||$192,909,253||$550,538,190|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$0||$0||$0|
|In Technical Roles||Director||1||$21,607,190||$0||$21,607,190|
Jean-Claude Van Damme
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 23 films, with $550,538,190 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #329)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Master Croc (Kung Fu Panda 2), Vilain (The Expendables 2), Cameo (uncredited) (Last Action Hero), Max Walker (Timecop), Colonel Guile (Street Fighter)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Quest (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Melissa Cobb|
March 25th, 2014
It is a good, but very shallow week on the home market. The Wolf of Wall Street is leading the pack, with the Blu-ray Combo Pack earning first place and DVD earning second. This is a $100 million hit and a multi-Oscar nominee, so it is not surprising it is earning the top two spots. On the other hand, third place currently belongs to Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! on DVD. That's a real sign that it is a shallow week. That's not to say some of the smaller releases are not worth picking up. Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX is certainly a contender for Pick of the Week, but in the end I went with The Wolf of Wall Street. On a side note, Continuum: Season 2 on Blu-ray earned the Puck of the Week, for Best Canadian Release.
March 24th, 2014
Welcome to the Jungle is a comedy that opened in limited release with weak reviews. When it hit theaters, it failed to find an audience. Now it is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. Does it deserve a second chance on the home market? Or is there a reason it failed to entice moviegoers?
March 10th, 2014
If you look over at Amazon.com, the best-selling new release of the week is The Book Thief. This film made just over $20 million at the box office, which is amazing for a limited release. However, it is still a limited release on top of the new releases. That tells you how slow this week is on the home market. Fortunately, last Friday The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and I'm including it on this week's list as well. There are a number of other releases that are worth picking up, including The Patience Stone on DVD, In Fear on DVD, and Inside Llewyn Davis on Blu-ray. However, while there is some competition, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week.
February 7th, 2014
It's another busy week for limited releases with more than a dozen of them on this week's list. This does mean I'm not going to be as talkative about each individual film, because there are just so many of them. Fortunately, there are also a few that are worth checking out, like Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Alphaville, etc. If I were to chose just one film, it would be Kids for Cash, but the subject matter will enrage you.
January 24th, 2014
There are a number of releases on this week's list that are worth checking out. This includes Gloria, the official Oscar selection from Chile; Stranger by the Lake, an erotic thriller with a gay protagonist; and Our Man in Tehran, a Canadian documentary that tells the story of what happened in Argo. There are also some less serious films that I think I will like more than the average critic: 3 Night Stand and Knights of Badassdom. On the other hand, the widest release is Gimme Shelter, which might do well if it can tap into the churchgoing demographic; however, it could also miss the Mendoza Line.
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?
October 2nd, 2012
It's the first week of the month and there is a wide variety of releases worth checking out, but not exactly a strong selection of best sellers. The biggest first-run release is Dark Shadows and while I'm looking forward to possibly reviewing the Blu-ray Combo Pack, I don't think it will be a huge hit. New Girl: Season One and The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray look great, but I'm waiting for the screeners to make final decisions. I won't get a chance to review Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, but it is a contender for Pick of the Week. The winner of that honor is Cinderella Blu-ray, which is a classic, even if it is a little old-fashioned.
|7/24/2015||Jian Bing Man||Himself||$0||$181,362,621||$181,362,621|
|5/15/2015||Pound of Flesh||Deacon||$0||$0||$0|
|2/7/2014||Welcome to the Jungle||Storm Rothchild||$0||$0||$0|
|11/30/2012||Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning||Luc Deveraux||$5,460||$0||$5,460|
|8/17/2012||The Expendables 2||Vilain||$85,028,192||$226,951,064||$311,979,256|
|5/11/2012||After Dark Action||$0||$0||$0|
|7/29/2011||Assassination Games||Vincent Brazil||$0||$0||$0|
|5/26/2011||Kung Fu Panda 2||Master Croc||$165,249,063||$499,588,484||$664,837,547|
|8/20/1999||Universal Soldier II: The Return||Luc Deveraux||$10,447,421||$270,000||$10,717,421|
|9/4/1998||Knock Off||Marcus Ray||$10,076,136||$0||$10,076,136|
|4/4/1997||Double Team||Jack Quinn||$11,313,010||$0||$11,313,010|
|4/26/1996||The Quest||Christopher Dubois||$21,607,190||$0||$21,607,190|
|12/22/1995||Sudden Death||Darren McCord||$20,214,270||$0||$20,214,270|
|12/23/1994||Street Fighter||Colonel Guile||$33,210,975||$66,000,000||$99,210,975|
|8/20/1993||Hard Target||Chance Boudreaux||$31,636,358||$0||$31,636,358|
|6/18/1993||Last Action Hero||Cameo (uncredited)||$50,016,394||$87,282,095||$137,298,489|
|1/15/1993||Nowhere to Run||Sam Gillen||$20,570,994||$30,000,000||$50,570,994|
|9/14/1990||Death Warrant||Louis Burke||$15,394,200||$0||$15,394,200|
|5/2/1986||No Retreat, No Surrender||Ivan||$2,273,045||$0||$2,273,045|
|5/4/1984||Breakin'||Passerby in first dance sequence||$35,995,234||$0||$35,995,234|