|As an Actor||Leading||15||$23,408,960||$48,317,996||$71,726,956|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$197,634,833||$253,334,519||$450,969,352|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $71,726,956 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,061)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Sandra Brody (Godzilla), Vianne Rocher (Chocolat), Marie (Dan in Real Life), Hana (The English Patient), Maria Segovia (The 33)|
|Most productive collaborators: Gareth Edwards, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, C.J. Adams, Max Borenstein, Ken Watanabe|
November 1st, 2015
October has come to an end and everyone should be happy about that. Except for The Martian, there were no serious hits that opened last month. There were more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Fortunately, October of last year wasn't spectacular either, so 2015 maintains a healthy lead over 2014. Even more fortunately, November looks fantastic. There are four films that have the potential to earn $200 million or more. The biggest of these is the final Hunger Games movie, which should reach $400 million. Spectre has a real shot at $300 million and could be the biggest hit in the franchise. Meanwhile, nearly every November there's an animated kids movie that becomes a monster hit. This year, The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur are both aiming for that box office milestone. The last time we didn't have a family film that earned at least $100 million in November was 2011 and that's because there were four family films that opened in the final two weeks of the month and that much competition meant they cannibalized each other. Both of these has a shot at $200 million and if neither of them reached $200 million, I would be shocked. Meanwhile, last November was a good month at the top with three monster hits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Big Hero 6, and Interstellar. However, after those three films, there were not much positive to talk about. It really looks like 2015 will match 2014 at the top, plus it could have better depth. I might be a little too optimistic, but I think November is going to be a great month at the box office.
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 César Award nominations, including a win for Kristen Stewart for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first American actress to win a César. 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?
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 24th, 2014
Last weekend, Birdman opened with Oscar-worthy reviews and it wasn't the only film that was expected to be a hit at the box office. This weekend, there are no such films. CitizenFour and Force Majeure are both earning Oscar buzz, but one's a documentary and the other is a foreign-language film, so neither are likely to expand significantly. This leaves Laggies as the film with the loudest buzz, even if its reviews suggest it might not thrive in limited release.
September 9th, 2014
The Christmas shopping season has begun in full force. Even if Captain America: The Winter Soldier were the only new release this week, it would be a great release, as the Combo Packs are clearly pick of the week contenders. It's not the only Pick of the Week contender. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 is also a prime contender, although I'm still waiting for the screener for that release. At the moment, I'm giving the win to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but when I get a chance to review the screener, that might change.
May 23rd, 2014
It is not a particularly strong week for limited releases. There are a few that are earning good reviews, but almost none are earning good reviews and any buzz. Cold in July is one of the exceptions and its reviews and star power could have resulted in a fast start, but it is also playing on Video on Demand.
April 1st, 2014
In the March update to our Bankability Index, our list of industry influencers increases to 14 people and we examine the top actors and actresses in dramatic roles in movies.
Overall, March's chart reflects the relatively modest start to the year at the box office. Samuel L. Jackson moves back into second place in the overall chart thanks to his appearance in RoboCop, Hans Zimmer was helped by his composing for Winter's Tale and Son of God (and will be further helped in April's chart through his involvement in Divergent–does the man ever sleep?). Leonardo DiCaprio continues to benefit from his producing roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Out of the Furnace and Runner Runner. Finally, Frozen helps John Lasseter solidify his 11th place in the chart.
This month's new entry is Morgan Freeman, who got a very handy boost from his voice role in The LEGO Movie, and was also helped by some work we did on our archive of credits. That combination takes him to 14th on the Worldwide Chart, up 3 places from February.
All this activity has kept us pretty busy, but it's our new Bankability feature that really kept us burning the midnight oil this month: The Bankability Index Casting and Hiring Guides...
|11/13/2015||The 33||Maria Segovia||$12,227,722||$12,075,335||$24,303,057|
|4/10/2015||Clouds of Sils Maria||Maria Enders||$1,841,555||$918,160||$2,759,715|
|10/24/2014||Tusen ganger god natt||Rebecca||$53,025||$1,767,479||$1,820,504|
|5/23/2014||Words and Pictures||Dina Delsanto||$2,171,257||$1,174,538||$3,345,795|
|10/16/2013||Camille Claudel: 1915||Camille Claudel||$35,296||$0||$35,296|
|11/4/2011||The Son of No One||Loren Bridges||$30,680||$1,117,898||$1,148,578|
|10/17/2008||Mary||Marie Palesi/Mary Magdalene||$0||$0||$0|
|4/2/2008||Le voyage du ballon rouge||Suzanne||$459,364||$0||$459,364|
|10/20/2007||Dan in Real Life||Marie||$47,642,963||$18,026,038||$65,669,001|
|5/4/2007||Paris, je t'aime||Suzanne||$4,857,374||$0||$4,857,374|
|12/15/2006||Breaking and Entering||Amira||$930,469||$0||$930,469|
|11/11/2005||Bee Season||Miriam Naumann||$1,180,560||$3,592,748||$4,773,308|
|3/11/2005||In My Country||Anna Malan||$163,536||$0||$163,536|
|6/13/2003||Jet Lag (US Release)||Rose||$544,434||$0||$544,434|
|9/13/2002||Les enfants du siècle||George Sand/Baroness Aurore Dudevant||$36,087||$0||$36,087|
|3/2/2001||The Widow of St. Pierre||Pauline (Madame La)||$3,058,380||$0||$3,058,380|
|7/21/2000||Alice et Martin||Alice||$743,115||$0||$743,115|
|7/2/1999||The Lovers on the Bridge||Michele Stalens||$117,569||$0||$117,569|
|12/31/1996||Un divan à New York||Beatrice Saulnier||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|11/15/1996||The English Patient||Hana||$78,651,430||$153,000,000||$231,651,430|
|4/19/1996||Le hussard sur le toit||Pauline de Théus||$1,286,429||$0||$1,286,429|
|11/23/1994||Trois couleurs: Rouge||Julie Vignon (de Courcy)||$4,043,000||$0||$4,043,000|
|1/26/1994||Trois couleurs: Blanc||Julie Vignon (de Courcy)||$1,464,000||$0||$1,464,000|
|12/5/1993||Trois couleurs: Bleu||Julie Vignon (de Courcy)||$1,324,974||$0||$1,324,974|