|As an Actor||Supporting||8||$1,583,582,363||$4,569,542,489||$6,153,124,852|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$608,802,958||$1,011,043,764||$1,619,846,722|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 8 films, with $6,153,124,852 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #53)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), Owen Shaw (Furious 7), Bard (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Owen (The Fate of the Furious), Shaw (Fast and Furious 6)|
|Most productive collaborators: Emma Watson, David Hoberman, Dan Stevens, Todd Lieberman, Kevin Kline|
|Born: April 15th, 1979 (38 years old)|
October 1st, 2017
September destroyed the previous September monthly record for total box office take, with $800 million or so (we won’t know the exact figure until after the weekend), which tops 2016’s record of $616 million. Granted, this is almost entirely due to It’s record breaking run, and the rest of the month was merely average. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the only other film to come close to $100 million. October doesn’t look any better, as far as depth is concerned. Blade Runner 2049 is widely expected to be the biggest hit of the month, but it is the only film expected to reach $100 million domestically. Boo 2 should be the second biggest hit of the month, while there are only a couple of other films that have a shot at $50 million. Part of the problem is the level of competition, as there are 16 films opening during the four October weekends. (Needless to say, some of the predictions below will be a little short, as there’s not much to say about a film that will barely open in the top ten and disappear two weeks later.) That’s way too many and most will be buried by the competition. Last October was a flop, as no film earned more than $100 million at the box office. There were a few films that came close, including the original Boo! movie. As long as Blade Runner 2049 matches expectations, 2017 should win the year-over-year comparison by a small margin. If we get one surprise hit, then 2017 has a real shot at closing the gap with 2016 by a significant margin. I choose to be cautiously optimistic.
August 11th, 2017
June 6th, 2017
There have been three previous adaptations in Disney’s recent streak of live-action adaptations. I’ve previously reviewed all of them and only really liked Maleficent. In fact, I like Maleficent more now than I did when it first came out, because it took the characters and made an original story with them, while the other two only had minor changes, but were mostly beat-for-beat remakes. I mention all of this before even mentioning Beauty and the Beast, because this is what I want in these movies. I want a reason to watch this version rather than the original. Does this film give me a reason?
March 1st, 2017
February was an okay month. The films that missed expectations were mostly balanced by the films that were pleasant surprises. Unfortunately, last February was amazing as Deadpool dominated the chart, so 2017 has fallen further behind 2016 and 2016’s lead is now about $100 million. It is not so bad that a good March won’t help 2017 back into the lead. Will that happen? We have some good news and some bad news. Good news: Every week there is one movie that has at least a shot at $100 million. Two of them, Logan and Beauty and the Beast, could reach $200 million or a lot more. Bad News: last March, both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned more than $300 million. That’s a really powerful one-two punch and I don’t think we can replicate that this time around. On the other hand, last March, the third best film of the month was 10 Cloverfield Lane, while there were four films that were expected to open wide that earned less than $10 million at the box office. 2017 likely won’t be as good at the top, but I also don’t think it will have as many bombs either. If Beauty and the Beast reaches the very high end of expectations, then 2017 could even close the gap with 2016 entirely. I’ll be happy getting halfway there.
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?
September 30th, 2014
September is over and while it got off to a bad start, a really, really, truly terrible start, it actually ended on a bit of a strong note. Granted, no film has yet to reach $100 million, but The Maze Runner and The Equalizer both could get there in the end. As for October, we might go another month without a $100 million hit. There are a couple of films that have the potential to reach the century mark, Gone Girl and Fury. Hopefully they will get there, but given the recent box office woes, it is probably best to keep expectations low. Last October, there were two films that earned more than $100 million. Bad Grandpa just made it passed that mark. On the other hand, Gravity was a monster hit earning nearly $275 million. It you compare its run to this year's batch of films, it only ranks behind Guardians of the Galaxy. ... There's no way any film opening this month is going to match that. ... There no way the top two films will match that. ... The top three films might not match that. ... 2014 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison and by the end of the month, it will be safe to say its chances of ever catching up to 2013 will be over. It is going to be a depressing month.
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?
November 1st, 2012
When I first heard about The Raven, I was excited. I like Edgar Allan Poe's writing and I like John Cusack as an actor. The idea of John Cusack playing Edgar Allan Poe in a movie was enough to get me interested. Having Edgar Allan Poe trying to catch a serial killer who was using his writings as inspiration was a solid enough hook to get me excited. However, given the film's box office numbers, something clearly went wrong. Were moviegoers correct in avoiding the film? Or is it an undiscovered gem?
|10/13/2017||Professor Marston & The Wonder Women||William Moulton Marston||$736,883||$0||$736,883|
|4/14/2017||The Fate of the Furious||Owen||$225,764,765||$1,011,679,697||$1,237,444,462|
|3/17/2017||Beauty and the Beast||Gaston||$504,014,165||$753,509,711||$1,257,523,876|
|10/7/2016||The Girl on the Train||Scott||$75,395,035||$94,932,895||$170,327,930|
|4/3/2015||Furious 7||Owen Shaw||$351,032,910||$1,165,715,774||$1,516,748,684|
|12/17/2014||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Ar…||Bard||$255,119,788||$700,000,000||$955,119,788|
|12/13/2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Bard||$258,366,855||$702,000,000||$960,366,855|
|5/24/2013||Fast and Furious 6||Shaw||$238,679,850||$550,620,594||$789,300,444|
|5/10/2013||No One Lives||Driver||$75,121||$284,621||$359,742|
|4/27/2012||The Raven||Detective Field||$16,008,272||$14,593,529||$30,601,801|
|10/21/2011||The Three Musketeers||Aramis||$20,377,913||$119,500,000||$139,877,913|
|10/8/2010||Tamara Drewe||Andy Cobb||$560,391||$6,167,359||$6,727,750|
|4/1/2010||Clash of the Titans||Apollo||$163,214,888||$330,000,000||$493,214,888|