|As an Actor||Leading||21||$1,046,016,854||$565,457,564||$1,611,474,418|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$114,326,736||$53,464,968||$167,791,704|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||5||$321,078,245||$221,408,660||$542,486,905|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 21 films, with $1,611,474,418 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #129)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Jeremy Klein (The Wedding Crashers), Eddie (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Nick Van Owen (The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Dave (Couples Retreat), Brad (Four Christmases)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Couples Retreat (Screenwriter), Couples Retreat (Producer), The Break-Up (Story Creator), The Break-Up (Producer), Fred Claus (Co-Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jon Favreau, Peter Billingsley, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Shawn Levy|
March 1st, 2015
February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month.
November 22nd, 2013
The weekend before Thanksgiving is one of the best weekends of the year to release a monster hit, and this year we get The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. If Catching Fire doesn't break the record for biggest opening weekend in November, it will be seen as a huge shock. It has a chance at topping Iron Man 3's opening weekend and securing top spot for the year. Catching Fire isn't the only film opening wide this weekend, but to call Delivery Man counter-programing is an understatement. It might not crack $10 million, but that will still be enough to earn a spot in the top five. This weekend last year was the Thanksgiving long weekend, so it is a little hard to compare the two and judge which one is stronger. Catching Fire should easily earn more than the top five did over the three-day weekend, perhaps even more than the top six or seven earned, but the real test will come next weekend when we can compare this Thanksgiving to last year's.
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 21st, 2013
This week on the home market is... well... it's short. Last week, according to Amazon.com, there were 459 new releases or reissues. This week there are 161. Fortunately, there are a few releases of note, including The Conjuring, which pulled in more than $300 million worldwide on a production budget of just $20 million. Fortunately, it really deserved this success and the DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack are contenders for Pick of the Week. Other contenders include Before Midnight on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and The Way Way Back on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. In the end, it was literally a coin toss and The Conjuring won.
July 23rd, 2013
This week's new releases are so bad that I'm tempted to hold on to this story till I finish the review for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Four on Blu-ray, just so I would have a real contender for Pick of the Week. According to Amazon.com, the best-selling new release of the week is an Anime title. Most weeks, Anime titles are filler, because of their are niche appeal. There are a few foreign releases and limited releases worth checking out, but there are not many contenders for Pick of the Week. The two best are Ginger & Rosa on DVD and Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXVII on DVD. I'm going with the former for Pick of the Week. Meanwhile, Starbuck's DVD earns Puck of the Week. See it before Hollywood ruins it with a bad remake.
June 6th, 2013
The first weekend in June is also the slowest weekend in June as far as wide releases go. Neither The Internship nor The Purge are likely to become more than midlevel hits. Even so, one of them should finish in first place, ending Fast and Furious 6's two-week run on top. Last year there were two major releases, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus earned more than $50 million during their opening weekend. Neither new release will match that figure. They won't make that much combined over the weekend.
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
March 22nd, 2013
Do sapphires shine? Regardless of the accuracy of the headline, The Sapphires is leading the limited releases in terms of box office potential. Nearly perfect reviews and good buzz is certainly helping out. However, Gimme the Loot has actually perfect reviews and it might also find a receptive audience in limited release. Starbuck's reviews are not as good, but the Canadian film has already been remade in Hollywood, so clearly someone thinks the story has potential with mainstream audiences.
March 2nd, 2013
Lay the Favorite opened last November in limited release, but despite boasting an impressive cast and an Oscar nominated director, it never found an audience in theaters. It was also playing in Video on Demand, which usually kills a film's box office chances. Will it find a more receptive audience on the home market? Or was it destined to struggle no matter what?
|4/29/2016||Term Life||Nick Barrow||$21,256||$68,290||$89,546|
|3/6/2015||Unfinished Business||Dan Trunkman||$10,219,501||$2,600,000||$12,819,501|
|12/7/2012||Lay the Favorite||Rosie||$20,998||$1,073,522||$1,094,520|
|1/14/2011||The Dilemma||Ronny Valentine||$48,475,290||$22,071,575||$70,546,865|
|12/31/2010||The H-Man Cometh||Hume Stevens||$0||$0||$0|
|2/8/2008||Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show:…||Himself||$603,894||$0||$603,894|
|11/9/2007||Fred Claus||Fred Claus||$72,006,777||$25,830,861||$97,837,638|
|9/21/2007||Into the Wild||Wayne||$18,354,356||$38,468,604||$56,822,960|
|11/4/2005||I Love Your Work||Stiev||$3,264||$0||$3,264|
|7/15/2005||The Wedding Crashers||Jeremy Klein||$209,218,368||$74,000,000||$283,218,368|
|6/10/2005||Mr. and Mrs. Smith||Eddie||$186,336,279||$299,787,811||$486,124,090|
|7/9/2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Wes Mantooth||$84,136,909||$5,339,356||$89,476,265|
|6/18/2004||Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story||Peter||$114,326,736||$53,464,968||$167,791,704|
|3/5/2004||Starsky & Hutch||Reese Feldman||$88,200,225||$82,000,000||$170,200,225|
|11/2/2001||Domestic Disturbance||Rick Barnes||$45,207,112||$9,000,000||$54,207,112|
|12/15/2000||South of Heaven, West of Hell||Taylor Henry||$26,357||$0||$26,357|
|8/18/2000||The Cell||Peter Novak||$61,280,963||$24,630,263||$85,911,226|
|9/25/1998||Clay Pigeons||Lester Long||$1,793,359||$463,247||$2,256,606|
|8/14/1998||Return to Paradise||John 'Sheriff' Volgecherev||$8,352,677||$0||$8,352,677|
|10/3/1997||The Locusts||Clay Hewitt||$37,888||$0||$37,888|
|5/22/1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Nick Van Owen||$229,086,679||$389,552,320||$618,638,999|
|11/22/1991||For the Boys||Cheering Soldier in Crowd||$17,684,580||$0||$17,684,580|