|As an Actor||Leading||19||$300,539,465||$448,897,663||$749,437,128|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$55,125,311||$68,124,496||$123,249,807|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||2||$302,020||$777,423||$1,079,443|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 19 films, with $749,437,128 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #267)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Ann Darrow (King Kong), Evelyn (The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Rachel Keller (The Ring), Evelyn (The Divergent Series: Allegiant), Rachel (The Ring Two)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Adore (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Peter Jackson, Jack Black, Juan Antonio Bayona, Adrien Brody, Fran Walsh|
|Born: September 28th, 1968 (48 years old)|
November 1st, 2016
October turned out to be a mixed month. On the one hand, not one movie earned $100 million, or even came close. However, it was also a more steady month than last October and the last two weeks really helped 2016 in the year-over-year comparisons. In November, we have five films with at least a shot at $100 million, three of which should have no trouble getting to at least $200 million. A little while ago, I thought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be the biggest hit of the month, but the buzz took a hit recently. More on that below. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange’s reviews are currently 90% positive and that should help it out at the box office. The third very likely $200 million hit is Moana. There is certainly precedent for an animated movie to be a monster hit at this time of year, but there is also a lot of competition. Last November was similar in strength, with five films that earned more than $100 million and two films that earned more than $200 million. None earned more than $300 million, so that’s the goal for this November. If we can get one $300 million and / or three $200 million movies over the month, then it will be seen as a victory.
June 29th, 2015
While We're Young is the latest film from writer / director Noah Baumbach. He has a great streak going by his Tomatometer Scores and this film earned 84% positive reviews. However, the audience score is only 58% positive. That dichotomy is a bit troubling. Is this film designed to wow critics, but will leave the average moviegoer cold?
March 29th, 2015
DreamWorks Animation has been having a tough time of it recently. Aside from How to Train Your Dragon 2, their last three films, Penguins of Madagascar, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Turbo were all financial failures, and, as an animation house, they are stuck with a business model that demands putting $100 million–$200 million into each film and hoping for a $500 million-plus global hit. That’s made doubly-difficult when you’re operating as a standalone entity and can’t fall back on the wider resources of the studio during hard times.
The opening weekend for Home, projected at $54 million, according to distributor Fox, is therefore very welcome news indeed. It marks the best opening by a non-sequel for the production house since Monsters vs. Aliens opened with $59.3 million on this weekend in 2009, and the third-best non-sequel debut in their history behind that film and Kung Fun Panda’s $60 million start in 2008.
March 1st, 2015
Birdman was the big winner at the Oscars this year. It won four times, sharing top spot with The Grand Budapest Hotel; however, it won more prestigious awards, including Best Picture. Did it deserve to win? Or was it carried by hype?
December 10th, 2014
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced Wednesday morning. Are there surprises worth mentioning? Is the Oscar picture beginning to take shape? Like with the Independent Spirit Awards, Birdman led the way this time earning four nominations from six categories, while Boyhood, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything had three nods each.
February 11th, 2014
It's a strange week on the home market. If you look at the top ten selling new releases on Amazon.com, there are a couple of first run releases, a catalog title, TV on DVD release, and some limited releases. That's basically every category there is. The biggest release is Ender's Game, a film that failed to find an audience in theaters. It barely earned overall positive reviews and it isn't a contender for Pick of the Week. Some of the other best-selling releases are contenders, like The Jungle Book: Blu-ray Diamond Edition or Sherlock: Season Three on DVD or Blu-ray. There are also a few of the smaller releases that were in consideration, including Doctor Who: Story 33: The Moonbase and G.B.F. on DVD. But in the end, I went with Wadjda on Blu-ray Combo Pack for Pick of the Week. One last note, Dry Spell is coming out on Video on Demand. It's a good chance to support ultra-low-budget filmmaking and the reviews I've read have been positive.
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.
September 6th, 2013
As usual the weekend after Labor Day, it's a very busy week in limited release. Unfortunately, it is a case of quantity over quality. There are a couple of films earning good reviews: a foreign language film, Populaire, and a documentary, Red Obsession. It is unlikely either of them will find a large enough audience in limited release that they will be able to expand significantly. On the other hand, Awards Season is just around the corner, so fans of limited releases won't have to wait long before they will be flooded with options.
June 17th, 2013
Movie 43 earned some of the worst reviews of the year so far, with many critics calling it the worst movie they've ever seen. When I got the chance to review the movie, I jumped at it. I had to know if it was really as bad as its reviews. It couldn't possible be, right?
February 21st, 2013
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, finishing with Best Lead Actress. This race is easily the most competitive of the four acting categories this year. The person seen as the favorite has switched, more than once, and at the moment, I'm not sure who is going to win.
January 10th, 2013
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions.
December 20th, 2012
There are not a lot of limited releases on this week's list; however, there are three films that have already found some Awards Season success, plus a couple others that are earning great reviews. Of the Awards Season hopefuls, Zero Dark Thirty is poised to earn the best per theater average, but it likely won't be the only success story over the weekend.
December 13th, 2012
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five.
December 12th, 2012
SAG nominations were announced and there were only a few surprises to deal with. Leading the way for total nominations was The Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Les Miserables, all of which earned nominations in four of the six categories.
|8/26/2016||The Sea of Trees||Joan Brennan||$20,444||$642,318||$662,762|
|3/18/2016||The Divergent Series: Allegiant||Evelyn||$66,184,051||$105,300,000||$171,484,051|
|3/27/2015||While We're Young||Cornelia||$7,582,065||$5,841,111||$13,423,176|
|3/20/2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Evelyn||$130,179,072||$165,100,000||$295,279,072|
|10/17/2014||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of …||Lesley||$42,340,598||$60,874,496||$103,215,094|
|11/9/2011||J. Edgar||Helen Gandy||$37,306,030||$47,300,000||$84,606,030|
|9/30/2011||Dream House||Ann Patterson||$21,302,340||$20,339,826||$41,642,166|
|9/22/2010||You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||Sally||$3,247,816||$31,000,000||$34,247,816|
|5/7/2010||Mother and Child||Elizabeth||$1,110,509||$5,426,670||$6,537,179|
|2/13/2009||The International||Eleanor Whitman||$25,450,527||$28,400,000||$53,850,527|
|12/20/2006||The Painted Veil||Kitty Fane||$8,060,487||$7,058,308||$15,118,795|
|12/14/2005||King Kong||Ann Darrow||$218,080,025||$332,437,332||$550,517,357|
|11/11/2005||Ellie Parker||Ellie Parker||$34,410||$0||$34,410|
|3/18/2005||The Ring Two||Rachel||$75,941,727||$86,000,000||$161,941,727|
|12/29/2004||The Assassination of Richard Nixon||Marie Byck||$708,776||$431,275||$1,140,051|
|10/1/2004||I Heart Huckabees||Dawn Campbell||$12,784,713||$7,250,000||$20,034,713|
|8/13/2004||We Don't Live Here Anymore||Edith Evans||$2,037,545||$0||$2,037,545|
|3/26/2004||Ned Kelly||Julia Cook||$86,959||$6,284,940||$6,371,899|
|10/18/2002||The Ring||Rachel Keller||$129,094,024||$119,124,462||$248,218,486|
|10/8/2001||Mulholland Drive||Betty Elms||$7,219,578||$4,700,000||$11,919,578|
|11/25/1998||Babe: Pig in the City||Additional Voices||$18,319,860||$50,812,000||$69,131,860|
|2/20/1998||Dangerous Beauty||Guila De Lezze||$4,553,271||$0||$4,553,271|
|3/1/1995||Tank Girl||Jet Girl||$4,064,333||$0||$4,064,333|
|1/29/1993||Matinee||Shopping Cart Starlet||$8,925,775||$0||$8,925,775|