|As an Actor||Leading||12||$1,347,737,201||$2,615,272,662||$3,963,009,863|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$8,088||$0||$8,088|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||2||$0||$2,344,022||$2,344,022|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 12 films, with $3,963,009,863 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #34)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Brian O'Conner (Furious 7), Brian O'Conner (Fast and Furious 6), Brian O'Conner (Fast Five), Brian O'Connor (Fast & Furious), Brian O'Conner (The Fast and the Furious)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Pawn Shop Chronicles (Producer)|
|Born: September 12th, 1973|
|Died: November 30th, 2013|
September 13th, 2015
Furious 7 is the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise. The films started out okay, but critical reception fell quickly. It wasn't until Fast Five when the filmmakers realized they were making, in essence, live-action cartoons that they truly found their voices. This focus helped the box office, so much so that Furious 7 became just the third film to earn more than $1 billion internationally and just the fourth film to earn $1.5 billion worldwide. Is the quality up to the same level as its box office? The odds of that are nearly zero. However, is it at least as entertaining as its box office numbers would indicate?
April 1st, 2015
March ended on a good note and helped 2015 maintain its lead over 2014 thanks to a trio of $100 million movies: Cinderella, Insurgent, and Home. April isn't as strong as far as depth goes, as only Furious 7 is expected to come close to $100 million at the box office. On the positive side, it could earn $100 million during its opening weekend, becoming the fastest starting film of the year, so far. On the negative side, it is expected to earn more than double the rest of the films' combined box office totals. Even worse, last April, there were two $100 million hits, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as two others that came close. There's no way April 2015 is going to live up to April 2014. I just hope the collapse isn't so bad that 2015 loses its lead over 2014 completely.
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.
April 1st, 2014
March was stronger than expected when compared to 2013 with four films earning $100 million or more, led by Divergent. (Not all of them have gotten there yet, but they are certain to reach that milestone before they are done their box office runs.) It wasn't a blow-out victory, on the other hand, as a few weekends the ticket sales were lower in 2014 than they were during the same weekend in 2013. April looks really strong with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading the way. This film should top $200 million over the weekend, while it isn't the only film that should crack the century mark, as Rio 2 is also on track for $100 million. This is great news, as no film last April reached $100 million. Granted, 42 came close and Oblivion wasn't far behind, but The Winter Soldier should earn more than those two films earned combined giving 2014 a comfortable lead over 2013 over the full month.
March 3rd, 2014
This week there are a couple massive releases on the home market. 12 Years a Slave just earned the Best Picture Oscar, so it's the perfect time to release it on DVD or Blu-ray. The biggest release of the week is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but it doesn't come out on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack till Friday, so I will get the review online in a couple of days. On the flip side, those two releases seem to have scared away most of the competition, because there's almost nothing else worth talking about. (There's an exercise video in the top five new releases on Amazon.com. That almost never happens.) As for the Pick of the Week, it's 12 Years a Slave on Blu-ray. It's not the only release coming out on Tuesday that's worth buying. I recommend picking up Girl Rising on DVD as well, while Venture Bros.: Season Five on DVD or Blu-ray is also worth the money.
December 13th, 2013
On the one hand, this is an amazing weekend for limited releases as there are not one, but two films opening that are very likely going to earn multiple Oscar nominations. On the other hand, most films opening this weekend are earning weak releases. The two main Oscar contenders are American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks, while The Crash Reel is up for Best Feature-Length Documentary.
December 10th, 2013
As a franchise, Fast and the Furious appeared burnt out in 2009. Tokyo Drift bombed failing to match its production budget domestically and likely losing a ton worldwide. Fast and Furious saw the return of the original cast, which helped it return to previous heights in terms of box office dollars, but critics eviscerated it. Then, defying logic, Fast Five became the biggest hit in the franchise and earned the most critical praise. Can Fast and Furious 6 maintain this momentum? Or was Fast Five just a fluke?
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.
May 1st, 2013
As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison.
|4/3/2015||Furious 7||Brian O'Conner||$351,032,910||$1,162,986,161||$1,514,019,071|
|4/25/2014||Brick Mansions||Damien Collier||$20,396,829||$53,024,395||$73,421,224|
|7/12/2013||Pawn Shop Chronicles||Raw Dog||$8,088||$0||$8,088|
|6/14/2013||Vehicle 19||Michael Woods||$0||$1,101,746||$1,101,746|
|5/24/2013||Fast and Furious 6||Brian O'Conner||$238,679,850||$551,272,961||$789,952,811|
|4/5/2012||Air Racers 3D||Narrator||$1,309,987||$11,970||$1,321,957|
|4/29/2011||Fast Five||Brian O'Conner||$209,837,675||$420,132,129||$629,969,804|
|4/3/2009||Fast & Furious||Brian O'Connor||$155,064,265||$208,000,000||$363,064,265|
|10/21/2008||The Lazarus Project||Ben Garvey||$0||$0||$0|
|9/4/2007||The Death and Life of Bobby Z||Tim Kearney||$0||$414,617||$414,617|
|10/20/2006||Flags of Our Fathers||Hank Hansen||$33,602,376||$30,055,565||$63,657,941|
|2/17/2006||Eight Below||Gerry Shepherd||$81,612,565||$39,000,000||$120,612,565|
|9/30/2005||Into the Blue||Jared||$18,782,227||$23,200,000||$41,982,227|
|6/6/2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||Brian O'Conner||$127,120,058||$109,290,549||$236,410,607|
|10/5/2001||Joy Ride||Lewis Thomas||$21,973,182||$0||$21,973,182|
|6/22/2001||The Fast and the Furious||Brian O'Conner||$144,512,310||$62,000,000||$206,512,310|
|3/31/2000||The Skulls||Caleb Mandrake||$35,007,180||$0||$35,007,180|
|1/29/1999||She's All That||Dean Sampson||$63,465,522||$0||$63,465,522|
|1/15/1999||Varsity Blues||Lance Harbor||$52,894,169||$1,400,000||$54,294,169|
|3/27/1998||Meet the Deedles||Phil Deedle||$4,356,126||$0||$4,356,126|
|7/12/2013||Pawn Shop Chronicles||Producer||$8,088||$0||$8,088|
|6/14/2013||Vehicle 19||Executive Producer||$0||$1,101,746||$1,101,746|