|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 10 films, with $1,014,180,132 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2,121)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Greek Council President (Monsters University), Tatiana (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Lenore (Dirty Grandpa), Daisy Danby (Funny People), Julie Powers (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Ingrid Goes West (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Dan Mazer, John Phillips, Bill Block|
August 11th, 2017
There are a number of limited releases coming out this week that are earning good reviews and / or strong buzz. Of these, The Trip to Spain is the one I want to see the most. It also has a good chance to earn more than $2 million in theaters, as its two predecessors did the same.
July 1st, 2016
It's July 1st, which is Canada Day. To celebrate, I wanted to give a gift to my American readers down south, so here's a bunch of "u"s. U, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u. Now you can spell words like "colour" and "neighbour" correctly. As for the July preview... June wasn't a good month, despite Finding Dory being on pace to become the biggest hit of the year so far. Most other films failed to match expectations and as a result, 2016's lead over 2015 has nearly evaporated. In fact, ticket sales are below last year's pace. So how does July look in comparison? Well, last July, there were five films that earned more than $100 million, led by Minions, which earned more than $300 million. This July, there are five films that should earn more than $100 million, led by The Secret Life of Pets, which should earned around $250 million. I don't think July 2016 will live up to July 2015, but it should be close. Maybe if one of the expected midlevel hits is a surprise $100 million hit, or if two more of the $100 million hits crack $200 million, then the month will look great. Or one of the expected $100 million hits could flop and 2016 will actually fall behind 2015, even without taking into account ticket price inflation.
December 15th, 2014
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever is a Lifetime channel movie, a Christmas movie, and a movie based on a web series. ... That's a lot of knocks against it. On the other hand, it has Aubrey Plaza providing the voice for the titular cat, so it can't be all bad, right?
October 20th, 2014
Life After Beth opened with strong buzz, especially for a limited release, but the reviews were mixed and it struggled to find an audience in theaters. It also debuted on Video on Demand, so that didn't help its box office numbers. Now that it is out on the home market, is it worth a look? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up?
August 15th, 2014
As the summer blockbuster season ends, there are a few limited releases that are actually fairly strong. Perhaps they are hoping to take advantage of the lull in blockbusters, or perhaps they are hoping to get a jump on Awards Season. Regardless why they picked this weekend to open, Abuse of Weakness, Frank, and The Trip to Italy all have a chance to thrive in the art house circuit.
August 3rd, 2014
The Legend of Korra is a follow-up to Avatar: The Last Airbender. That cartoon earned a lot of praise and became a favorite among many people becoming popular enough to be adapted into a movie, which we will never speak of again. When a new series was announced, some were a little worried. It would have big shoes to fill. However, the first season was greeted with nearly universal praise. Can the second season continue this high level of quality.
October 26th, 2013
Monsters Inc. was a huge hit in 2001 earning close to $300 million domestically and more than $550 million worldwide. This summer, a prequel, Monsters University, came out and it earned a little less domestically, but more than $700 million worldwide. If you factor in inflation and the growth of international markets, this isn't as strong a run as the predecessor had, but still very profitable. Is the quality similar, i.e., not quite as strong as the original, but still worth checking out? And are any of the four releases worth picking up?
July 25th, 2013
It's the final weekend of July and there is only one wide release to deal with, The Wolverine. It should be the easy winner of the weekend, it might pull in enough to become the biggest opening weekend of the month. This isn't likely, but there is a slim chance. There is one other film that might make an appearance in the top ten, The To Do List. Again, it doesn't have a strong chance, but it could happen. The holdovers should be far behind The Wolverine, as only The Conjuring has a shot at $20 million. This weekend last year, both new releases bombed, which is good news for 2013 in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, The Dark Knight Rises took in $62.10 million, which is something The Wolverine should have no trouble topping, while the holdovers should provide more depth.
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.
|8/11/2017||Ingrid Goes West||Ingrid Thorburn||$438,685||$0||$438,685|
|6/30/2017||The Little Hours||Fernanda||$1,509,962||$0||$1,509,962|
|7/8/2016||Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates||Tatiana||$46,009,673||$29,900,000||$75,909,673|
|10/2/2015||Addicted to Fresno||Kelly||$0||$25||$25|
|3/31/2015||Playing It Cool||Mallory||$0||$846,290||$846,290|
|12/16/2014||Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever||Grumpy Cat||$0||$0||$0|
|8/15/2014||Life After Beth||Beth||$80,315||$254,176||$334,491|
|7/26/2013||The To Do List||Brandy Klark||$3,491,669||$637,159||$4,128,828|
|6/21/2013||Monsters University||Greek Council President||$268,488,329||$475,100,000||$743,588,329|
|3/1/2013||The End of Love||Aubrey||$9,342||$0||$9,342|
|2/8/2013||A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles …||Marnie||$35,586||$0||$35,586|
|6/8/2012||Safety Not Guaranteed||Darius||$4,010,957||$411,361||$4,422,318|
|8/13/2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. The World||Julie Powers||$31,611,316||$16,445,448||$48,056,764|
|7/31/2009||Funny People||Daisy Danby||$51,855,045||$20,025,260||$71,880,305|
|8/11/2017||Ingrid Goes West||Producer||$438,685||$0||$438,685|