|As an Actor||Leading||34||$1,613,376,712||$2,165,367,883||$3,778,744,595|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$171,200,538||$70,606,596||$241,807,134|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||2||$58,825||$185,729||$244,554|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 34 films, with $3,778,744,595 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #43)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Neo (The Matrix Reloaded), John Wick (John Wick: Chapter Two), Neo (The Matrix), Neo (The Matrix Revolutions), Julian (Something's Gotta Give)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Side by Side (Producer), Knock Knock (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Andy Wachowski, Laurence Fishburne, Scott Derrickson, Carl Rinsch, Lana Wachowski|
|Born: September 2nd, 1964 (52 years old)|
February 1st, 2017
January turned out to be a good month. Granted, it didn’t live up to last January, but its box office was one of the top five Januarys of all time, so that’s still a good start to the year. Also, we will have our first $100 million movie released in 2017 and that doesn’t happen this early very often. As for February, there’s potentially the first $200 million hit of the year, The Lego Batman Movie. Fifty Shades Darker and The Great Wall both have a shot at $100 million. That said, it is more likely that both will miss that milestone than both will get there. As for the rest of the films, there are a few that are aiming for solid midlevel hits, like John Wick: Chapter Two and Get Out, while there are very few potential bombs. By comparison, last February there was one monster hit, Deadpool, and a lot of bombs. No other movie besides Deadpool made $50 million. No movie opening this month will match Deadpool, but we won’t have as many bombs either, so hopefully that will balance out and 2017 won’t fall further behind 2016.
January 6th, 2017
October 21st, 2016
Several films coming out this week are earning nearly unanimously positive reviews. This includes a few documentaries, but also a couple of narrative films that have a shot at some box office success. Moonlight is clearly aiming to win awards and it might do so. The Handmaiden should help grow Chan-wook Park’s fanbase here.
October 10th, 2016
When The Neon Demon was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it earned a lot of praise including a standing ovation... also people booed the film, while there have been plenty of reports of people walking out of the movie. You rarely see such a divergent opinion on a film and that made me very intrigued. Will I love the film? Will I hate it? Will I be one of the few people who were indifferent?
March 29th, 2016
There are a huge number of new releases on Amazon this week. Unfortunately, they go from Oscar contenders to stuff that would be filler on a slow week really, really quickly, so I will be skipping over most of them. Almost half of the releases on this week's list are contenders for Pick of the Week, so it is really hard to narrow that list. In the end, I couldn't chose between any of the movies / TV shows, so I went BabyMetal Metal Resistance, which comes out on CD on Friday.
February 1st, 2015
John Wick stars Keanu Reeves in the titular role. Keanu Reeves has earned close to $2 billion domestically, but it has been more than a decade since he starred in a film that earned more than $100 million at the box office. This film couldn't even get halfway to the century mark. Did it deserve to become a hit? Or was it destined to fall between the cracks?
October 26th, 2014
Teen horror movie Ouija will win this weekend at the box office with a solid $20 million debut and $7,000 theater average. With a budget reported at just $5 million, the movie is a sure-fire money maker for Universal, even with a shelf life of exactly eight days. By comparison, John Wick, which marks a return to form for Keanu Reeves, should have a longer run, based on its current reviews and word of mouth, but will have some ground to make up after opening with around $14 million.
September 30th, 2014
September is over and while it got off to a bad start, a really, really, truly terrible start, it actually ended on a bit of a strong note. Granted, no film has yet to reach $100 million, but The Maze Runner and The Equalizer both could get there in the end. As for October, we might go another month without a $100 million hit. There are a couple of films that have the potential to reach the century mark, Gone Girl and Fury. Hopefully they will get there, but given the recent box office woes, it is probably best to keep expectations low. Last October, there were two films that earned more than $100 million. Bad Grandpa just made it passed that mark. On the other hand, Gravity was a monster hit earning nearly $275 million. It you compare its run to this year's batch of films, it only ranks behind Guardians of the Galaxy. ... There's no way any film opening this month is going to match that. ... There no way the top two films will match that. ... The top three films might not match that. ... 2014 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison and by the end of the month, it will be safe to say its chances of ever catching up to 2013 will be over. It is going to be a depressing month.
December 10th, 2013
It's a good week / bad week when it comes to new releases. On the positive side, there are a couple big first run releases, a couple big TV on DVD releases, and even a classic film hitting Blu-ray for the first time. On the other hand, the depth is really bad. If you look at Amazon.com's list of best selling new releases, you will find filler on the second page. That's not to say there are no contenders for Pick of the Week. Despicable Me 2 is the best selling release and the Blu-ray Combo Pack or 3D Combo Pack are also among the best, as is Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. There are also a few more contenders where I'm waiting for a screener (Berberian Sound Studio, The Hunt, etc.). and it is a busy week for top notch releases. In the end, I went with Despicable Me 2 for that honor, but it was a real coin toss.
December 1st, 2013
We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012.
November 1st, 2013
After last week's short list, there are nearly 20 films on this week's list. Because of this, each entry will be shorter than usual. There are a few films on this week's list that seem destined for mainstream success, including Dallas Buyers Club, which could net Matthew McConaughey some Awards Season hardware.
November 11th, 2012
There have been plans to turn the Bill and Ted franchise into a trilogy for sometime now; however, there have been a number of delays. The latest reports have a 2014 release date, but that's hardly set in stone. Perhaps the release of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray is a way to float a trial balloon. Is there still interest in these two characters? Or is it safe to say these two characters are relics of the past?
|2/10/2017||John Wick: Chapter Two||John Wick||$90,859,007||$68,296,612||$159,155,619|
|11/25/2016||Mifune: The Last Samurai||Narrator||$52,969||$0||$52,969|
|10/21/2016||The Whole Truth||$0||$917,908||$917,908|
|6/24/2016||The Neon Demon||Hank||$1,333,124||$1,120,158||$2,453,282|
|11/7/2014||21 Years: Richard Linklater||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|10/24/2014||John Wick||John Wick||$43,037,835||$33,197,166||$76,235,001|
|11/1/2013||Man of Tai Chi||Donaka Mark||$0||$2,054,941||$2,054,941|
|8/17/2012||Side by Side||Narrator||$58,825||$8,229||$67,054|
|4/8/2011||Henry's Crime||Henry Torne||$102,541||$0||$102,541|
|11/27/2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||$337,356||$0||$337,356|
|12/12/2008||The Day the Earth Stood Still||Klaatu||$79,366,978||$153,700,000||$233,066,978|
|4/11/2008||Street Kings||Detective Tom Ludlow||$26,415,649||$39,039,144||$65,454,793|
|7/7/2006||A Scanner Darkly||Bob Arctor||$5,501,616||$1,903,468||$7,405,084|
|6/16/2006||The Lake House||Alex Wyler||$52,330,111||$62,500,000||$114,830,111|
|9/16/2005||Thumbsucker||Dr. Perry Lyman||$1,328,679||$590,518||$1,919,197|
|12/12/2003||Something's Gotta Give||Julian||$124,685,242||$142,000,000||$266,685,242|
|11/5/2003||The Matrix Revolutions||Neo||$139,270,910||$288,029,350||$427,300,260|
|5/15/2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Neo||$281,553,689||$457,023,240||$738,576,929|
|2/16/2001||Sweet November||Nelson Moss||$25,288,103||$40,466,125||$65,754,228|
|12/19/2000||The Gift||Donnie Barksdale||$12,008,642||$32,558,964||$44,567,606|
|8/11/2000||The Replacements||Shane Falco||$44,737,059||$5,317,452||$50,054,511|
|10/17/1997||Devil's Advocate||Kevin Lomax||$61,007,424||$92,000,000||$153,007,424|
|6/20/1997||The Last Time I Committed Suicide||Harry||$12,836||$0||$12,836|
|9/13/1996||Feeling Minnesota||Jjaks Clayton||$3,124,440||$628,006||$3,752,446|
|8/2/1996||Chain Reaction||Eddie Kasalivich||$21,226,204||$38,983,130||$60,209,334|
|8/11/1995||A Walk in the Clouds||Paul Sutton||$50,008,143||$0||$50,008,143|
|5/26/1995||Johnny Mnemonic||Johnny Mnemonic||$19,006,201||$0||$19,006,201|
|5/18/1994||Even Cowgirls Get the Blues||Julian Gitche||$1,649,796||$0||$1,649,796|
|5/7/1993||Much Ado About Nothing||Don John||$22,549,338||$0||$22,549,338|
|11/13/1992||Bram Stoker's Dracula||Jonathan Harker||$82,522,790||$133,339,902||$215,862,692|
|9/29/1991||My Own Private Idaho||Scott Favor||$6,401,336||$0||$6,401,336|
|7/19/1991||Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey||Ted "Theodore" Logan||$37,537,675||$0||$37,537,675|
|7/12/1991||Point Break||Johnny Utah||$43,218,387||$40,313,571||$83,531,958|
|4/6/1990||I Love You to Death||Marlon||$15,600,149||$0||$15,600,149|
|1/1/1990||Tune in Tomorrow||Martin Loader||$1,794,000||$0||$1,794,000|
|2/17/1989||Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure||Ted "Theodore" Logan||$40,485,039||$0||$40,485,039|
|12/21/1988||Dangerous Liaisons||Chevalier Danceny||$34,700,000||$0||$34,700,000|
|1/1/1988||Permanent Record||Chris Townsend||$1,893,000||$0||$1,893,000|
|10/9/2015||Knock Knock||Executive Producer||$36,336||$6,305,348||$6,341,684|
|11/1/2013||Man of Tai Chi||Director||$0||$2,054,941||$2,054,941|
|8/17/2012||Side by Side||Producer||$58,825||$8,229||$67,054|