|As an Actor||Leading||15||$454,095,137||$841,987,678||$1,296,082,815|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$859,925||$150,000||$1,009,925|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $1,296,082,815 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #157)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Baker's Wife (Into the Woods), Rita Vrataski (Edge of Tomorrow), Juliet (Gnomeo and Juliet), Rachel (The Girl on the Train), Emily (The Devil Wears Prada)|
|Most productive collaborators: Tom Cruise, Doug Liman, Erwin Stoff, Tate Taylor, Bill Paxton|
October 6th, 2016
October begins with a trio of wide releases, led by The Girl on the Train. The film’s reviews are mixed, which is not ideal, but also not fatal. The Birth of a Nation was looking to become an Awards Season player, but its reviews are not quite at that level. Finally there’s Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. There are still no reviews and the buzz is as quiet as you can get for a wide release. This weekend last year, the only wide release was Pan and it bombed hard. However, The Martian remained on top with $37.01 million over the weekend. There’s almost no way The Girl on the Train will match that and last year had better depth as well. 2016’s slump will continue.
October 1st, 2016
September is over and we should all be glad about that. Unless the final weekend brings a surprise $100 million hit or two, 2016’s lead over 2015 will shrink over the month. There were some bright spots, most notably Sully, which will be the biggest hit of the month. On the other hand, we had more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Sadly, October isn’t much better. There are a couple of films that could be $100 million hits, but most of the films will struggle to become midlevel hits. Both Inferno and The Girl on the Train are aiming for $100 million. One of them might get there too. If both get there, then October will be seen as a success. By comparison, last October was led by The Martian; however, because of a misalignment in the calendar, The Martian’s opening weekend actually lines up with the final weekend in September. It had great legs, so that will help 2015 early in the month, but the rest of the month was terrible last year and I think 2016 will come out ahead as a result.
April 1st, 2016
March was a really good month, for the most part. There were a few bombs, but the two biggest films, Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both beat expectations by significant margins, so overall the box office was better than expected. Unfortunately, April is a mess, which makes prognosticating really tough. Every single week has at least one film that either moved, switched from wide to limited release, or disappeared entirely. The Jungle Book appears to be the biggest film of the year, but The Huntsman: Winter's War could also be a $100 million hit. Sadly, last April was led by Furious 7, which earned more than $350 million at the box office. That's very likely more than both The Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter's War will make combined. Worse still, there were only four weekends in April last year, meaning the month ends by going head-to-head with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the month ends, 2016's lead over 2015 might be gone. Let's hope it is not that bad.
September 20th, 2015
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will win the weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates released on Sunday, with a very solid $30.3 million. That’s down a bit from The Maze Runner’s $32.5 million this weekend last year, but the difference is small enough that a good performance on Sunday and slight increases in the actuals for Friday and Saturday could actually push the sequel slightly ahead. Either way, the franchise seems on fairly solid ground, although the increase in budget for the second film to $61 million from $34 million the first time around suggests it won’t be as profitable. As always, international box office will be key, and early signs there are good, with $78 million already in the bank.
September 18th, 2015
We are getting close to Halloween, which explains the three horror / horror related movies coming out this week. However, while Cooties and the other two films likely won't find an audience, that doesn't mean there are no potential box office hits on this week's list. Both Sicario (Reviews) and Pawn Sacrifice (Reviews) could do well in theaters.
March 23rd, 2015
Into the Woods first debuted 30 years ago in 1985 starting its Broadway run a year later. The show's original Broadway run earned three Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, while the 2002 revival was nearly as well received with award voters. It is not a surprise that the film was turned into a big budget musical. However, does the theatrical version of Into the Woods live up to the source material? Will fans of musicals who haven't seen the original like it?
December 11th, 2014
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning, at three in the morning, because the people at Golden Globes are under the delusion that news announced at 3:00 a.m. is somehow more important if it is announced before anyone is awake. As for the actual nominations, like with the Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG nominations, Birdman led the way. It earned seven nominations, while Boyhood and The Imitation Game tied for second with five apiece. Starting to notice a pattern here? This could be a really dull Awards Season with very few surprises. On the other hand, predictable means less work for me. Plus, predictable probably means the Awards Season voters are making the right choices, as surprises usually mean someone made the wrong choice.
December 1st, 2014
November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential.
June 1st, 2014
It is too soon to tell how May will end, as this story will be published before the weekend estimates came out. (Maleficent had an excellent start on Friday, unlike A Million Ways to Die in the West.) Overall, it was a good month with at least three movies that are on track to hit $200 million, but there was no really big winner for the month. It was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, last May there was a monster hit, Iron Man 3, and 2014 could not compete with that, so it lost ground to 2013. June hopes to turn things around and there are some reasons to be optimistic. All four weeks there is at least one film opening that at least has a shot at $100 million. There are even two films that at least have a shot at $300 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should win the monthly box office race while How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a long shot to win, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if it did. Additionally, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, and Think Like a Man 2 are all contenders for the century club. Not all of them will get to that milestone, but all of them at least have a short. Last June, there were three films that reached $200 million, including Man of Steel, which nearly reached $300 million. It looks like June of 2014 will be about as strong as June of 2013, more or less. If all films reach their potential, it could win the year-over-year comparison. Unless there are some shocking bombs, it shouldn't struggle so much that 2014 loses its lead over 2013 entirely.
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.
|12/31/2017||Bronco Belle||Raylene Jackson||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2016||Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill||$0||$0||$0|
|10/7/2016||The Girl on the Train||Rachel||$74,954,114||$92,641,735||$167,595,849|
|4/22/2016||The Huntsman: Winter’s War||Queen Freya||$48,003,015||$116,599,148||$164,602,163|
|12/25/2014||Into the Woods||Baker's Wife||$128,002,372||$75,500,000||$203,502,372|
|6/6/2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Rita Vrataski||$100,206,256||$264,200,000||$364,406,256|
|11/8/2013||Kaze Tachinu||Nahoko Satomi (U.S. Version)||$5,201,879||$112,722,821||$117,924,700|
|4/26/2013||Arthur Newman||Michaela Fitzgerald||$207,853||$0||$207,853|
|6/15/2012||Your Sister's Sister||Iris||$1,597,486||$1,493,107||$3,090,593|
|4/27/2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Violet Barnes||$28,700,285||$32,923,534||$61,623,819|
|3/9/2012||Salmon Fishing in the Yemen||Harriet||$9,041,540||$23,967,116||$33,008,656|
|3/4/2011||The Adjustment Bureau||Elise Sellas||$62,495,645||$64,435,680||$126,931,325|
|2/11/2011||Gnomeo and Juliet||Juliet||$99,967,670||$93,770,307||$193,737,977|
|12/25/2010||Gulliver's Travels||Princess Mary||$42,779,261||$189,238,587||$232,017,848|
|2/12/2010||The Wolfman||Gwen Conliffe||$62,189,884||$80,444,474||$142,634,358|
|12/18/2009||The Young Victoria||Young Victoria||$11,001,272||$20,877,619||$31,878,891|
|3/20/2009||The Great Buck Howard||Valerie Brennan||$750,587||$150,000||$900,587|
|12/21/2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Jane Liddle||$66,661,095||$52,851,676||$119,512,771|
|10/20/2007||Dan in Real Life||Ruthie Draper||$47,642,963||$18,026,038||$65,669,001|
|9/21/2007||The Jane Austen Book Club||Prudie||$3,575,227||$0||$3,575,227|
|6/30/2006||The Devil Wears Prada||Emily||$124,740,460||$201,332,695||$326,073,155|
|6/17/2005||My Summer of Love||Tamsin||$1,000,915||$3,726,460||$4,727,375|