|As an Actor||Supporting||13||$1,068,065,367||$1,461,210,159||$2,529,275,526|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$40,273,490||$5,557,793||$45,831,283|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||1||$0||$0||$0|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 13 films, with $2,529,275,526 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #452)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Ed Warren (The Conjuring), Ed Warren (The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist), Shaw's father (Prometheus), Josh (Insidious Chapter 2), Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl (Watchmen)|
|Most productive collaborators: James Wan, Vera Farmiga, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes, Lili Taylor|
June 1st, 2016
May was great, as long as you don't compare it to last May. Captain America: Civil War was a monster hit and is closing in on $400 million, while both X-Men: Apocalypse and The Angry Birds Movie will earn over $100 million. Looking ahead, every week in June, there is one movie that should top $100 million; however, only Finding Dory is expected to make more than $200 million. In fact, that film is expected to make close to $400 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide. Last June, there were two monster hits, Inside Out and Jurassic World, plus one $100 million hit, Spy. I don't see how 2016 will top that. Even if every film with a shot at $100 million gets to that milestone, 2016 still might not top last year's pace. Fortunately, 2016 does have a large lead and that could be enough to keep 2016 ahead of 2015's pace in the year-over-year competition. It could be really close at the end of the month, on the other hand.
August 28th, 2015
There are practically no films on this week's list that I think have a shot at box office success. That's not to say there are no films earning great reviews, but all of them have something that will hold them back. Most of the time, it's a simultaneous Video on Demand run. This includes Turbo Kid (Video on Demand); Z for Zachariah (Video on Demand); and Queen of Earth (Video on Demand). All could find audiences, but they will find them on the home market.
September 1st, 2013
August ended, and we should be very grateful for that. Lee Daniels' The Butler was a surprise hit, while We're the Millers did better than expected. However, most other films that were expected to be solid hits failed to live up to expectations. Fortunately, August of 2012 was even worse, so 2013 regained the lead on the year-to-year comparison during the month. Looking forward, there is exactly one film that will likely become more than a midlevel hit in September: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. That film has a chance to reach $100 million in total. Most of the rest of the new releases will be lucky if they get halfway there. Fortunately, September of 2012 was even worse. Hotel Transylvania was a surprise hit, earning nearly $150 million, and there were a few others that topped $50 million, but there were also several outright bombs. If we can avoid those types of bombs, then 2013 should continue its winning streak.
July 1st, 2013
For the most part, June was a really strong month at the box office with nearly every film either matching expectations, or at least coming close enough to call it a victory. Looking forward, there are a dozen films opening wide in July, more or less. One of them, The Smurfs 2, is opening on a Wednesday, so I'm going to hold off talking about that movie till the August preview. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is opening in less than 1000 theaters, but it has a shot at reaching the top ten during its opening weekend. If we include both of them, there are twelve films, but I think it is better to stick with the ten truly wide, truly July openings. Of these, Despicable Me 2 is clearly going to be the biggest hit at the box office. It could become the second biggest hit of the year so far. It is not the only film that could be a $100 million hit. In fact, there are six films opening in July that I think have a better than 50% chance of reaching that level. There is currently only one film that I think won't at least become a midlevel hit. By comparison in 2012, there were three $100 million movies, led by The Dark Knight Rises, but the rest of the new releases struggled. There's no chance any movie opening this month will top $400 million, in fact, it is quite possible no film will get to $300 million. That said, 2013 has a lot better depth, so it might come out on top in the end.
December 16th, 2012
It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week.
|1/20/2017||The Founder||Rollie Smith||$12,786,243||$5,515,175||$18,301,418|
|12/16/2016||A Kind of Murder||Walter Stackhouse||$2,915||$80,486||$83,401|
|12/16/2016||The Hollow Point||Wallace||$0||$0||$0|
|6/10/2016||The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist||Ed Warren||$102,470,008||$208,800,000||$311,270,008|
|3/25/2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||POTUS||$330,360,194||$537,800,000||$868,160,194|
|12/31/2015||Untitled Andy Goddard/Patricia Highsm…||$0||$0||$0|
|10/23/2015||Bone Tomahawk||Arthur O'Dwyer||$0||$481,525||$481,525|
|10/9/2015||Big Stone Gap||Jack MacChesney||$1,009,984||$0||$1,009,984|
|2/3/2015||Home Sweet Hell||Don Champagne||$0||$0||$0|
|1/9/2015||Let's Kill Ward's Wife||David||$0||$0||$0|
|9/19/2014||Space Station 76||Capt. Glenn||$0||$0||$0|
|9/13/2013||Insidious Chapter 2||Josh||$83,586,447||$78,335,068||$161,921,515|
|7/19/2013||The Conjuring||Ed Warren||$137,400,141||$180,600,000||$318,000,141|
|12/9/2011||Young Adult||Buddy Shale||$16,311,571||$6,438,785||$22,750,356|
|11/10/2010||Morning Glory||Adam Bennett||$31,011,732||$28,783,338||$59,795,070|
|10/1/2010||Barry Munday||Barry Munday||$0||$0||$0|
|3/6/2009||Watchmen||Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl||$107,509,799||$76,558,558||$184,068,357|
|9/19/2008||Lakeview Terrace||Chris Mattson||$39,263,506||$5,557,793||$44,821,299|
|10/20/2006||Running With Scissors||$6,860,000||$1,846,701||$8,706,701|
|10/6/2006||Little Children||Brad Adamson||$5,463,019||$8,658,158||$14,121,177|
|4/14/2006||Hard Candy||Jeff Kohlver||$1,024,640||$7,242,426||$8,267,066|
|12/22/2004||The Phantom of the Opera||Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny||$51,225,796||$102,748,318||$153,974,114|
|4/9/2004||The Alamo||Col. William B. Travis||$22,406,362||$1,505,000||$23,911,362|
|1/9/2015||Let's Kill Ward's Wife||Producer||$0||$0||$0|