|As an Actor||Leading||40||$2,179,347,848||$1,592,763,348||$3,772,111,196|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||2||$196,365,797||$154,550,303||$350,916,100|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 40 films, with $3,772,111,196 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #33)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Tobin Frost (Safe House), Robert McCall (The Equalizer), Frank Lucas (American Gangster), Captain William Whitaker (Flight), Eli (The Book of Eli)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Safe House (Executive Producer), The Equalizer (Producer), The Book of Eli (Producer), The Great Debaters (Director), Antwone Fisher (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Tony Scott, Antoine Fuqua, Daniel Espinosa, Todd Black, Marton Csokas|
December 28th, 2014
Christmas day is the single biggest gift-giving day of the year... so it makes total sense that the week after Christmas is a terrible week to release any new DVDs or Blu-rays. The week is better than you would expect with a few notable releases, including The Equalizer, which earned just over $100 million during its theatrical run. It is also one of the best releases on this week's list and with solid extras, the Blu-ray is a contender for Pick of the Week. The other two contenders are Banshee: Season 2 on DVD or Blu-ray and Shameless: Season 4 on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. It was a bit of a coin toss, but in the end I went with Shameless.
September 30th, 2014
The Equalizer easily won the race for the top of the box office chart this weekend earning almost as much as the next two films combined. Those next two films were The Maze Runner and The Boxtrolls, both of which exceeded expectations, albeit by tiny margins. The strength of these three films helped the overall box office reach $106 million, which is 4% higher than last weekend. On the other hand, this was 2% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2014 has pulled in $7.51 billion, which is a massive amount when you look at it without context. However, it is nearly $400 million or 4.9% lower than last year's pace, which is also a massive amount. It is technically possible for 2014 to catch up to 2013 before the end of the year, but only if October is a really strong month at the box office. It won't be.
September 25th, 2014
The Equalizer and The Boxtrolls opens wide this week. They are an action film and a family flick and the last weekend of September has been kind to both genres. The Equalizer could become the fastest opening film of the month, which might be enough to get it all the way to $100 million during its entire run. The Boxtrolls, on the other hand, is a Stop-motion animated film, which rarely rises above the midlevel hit. This weekend last year, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opened with $34.02 million, which is right in the middle of the expected range for The Equalizer, plus the depth is better this year, so 2014 should win the year-over-year competition.
September 1st, 2014
August was a great month, it is as simple as that. Not only did Guardians of the Galaxy break records, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a surprise hit as well. These early gains led to an extended winning streak in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, 2014 is still more than $300 million behind 2013, but this is substantially less than the gap was before the month. Can September maintain this run? I'm not sure. Last September was strong compared to most Septembers with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 earning more than $100 million while Insidious Chapter 2 came relatively close. This year, there likely won't be any $100 million hits, but I think The Equalizer should at least come close. Meanwhile, there are some who think The Maze Runner will be the biggest hit of the month, but I'm not among them. There have been too many similar releases that have struggled to think this one will be a hit. I think September will get off to a terrible start, but overall I think it will be close to last year.
August 13th, 2013
There were four films that opened wide last week and while none of them were monster hits, three of the four of them were solid openings. Elysium opened in first place, but landed on the lower end of expectations. We're the Millers was a bit of a surprise hit, earning more over five days than it cost to make. Disney's Planes had the best opening for an animated film in August. There's not a lot of competition for that record. Finally there was Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which will cost the studio a fortune. With four new releases taking the top four spots, it should be no surprise that the overall box office was strong. In fact, it rose 16% from last weekend to $159 million. No film was able to match last year's winner, The Bourne Legacy, but we had a lot better depth this time around. This helped 2013 win the year-over-year comparison by 12%. Meanwhile, 2013 has completed the comeback and now has a 3.6% lead over 2012 at $6.85 billion to $6.61 billion.
August 9th, 2013
The Dog Days of summer have begun; in fact, they began last weekend. There are four films trying to find an audience that is distracted with other concerns like back-to-school, or the last family outing before back-to-school, etc. Will any of the films find an audience? Elysium has the best chance. It is earning the best reviews of the week. We're the Millers opened on Wednesday and did quite well, earning first place, but it's far from a monster hit. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters cost $90 million to make, but barely topped The Smurfs 2's Wednesday opening from last week. That's not a good sign. Finally there's Disney's Planes, a film that started production as a direct-to-DVD film and the reviews reflect that. The Bourne Legacy opened this week last year with $38.14 million, which is something Elysium might match.
August 2nd, 2013
August begins with two films, 2 Guns and The Smurfs 2, one action film and one kids movie. Neither film is likely going to break records, but I think 2 Guns should at least do well enough to be a financial success, eventually. The Smurfs 2 probably won't be a hit here, but its international numbers are looking a lot better. Like this year, this weekend last year there were two wide releases, Total Recall and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, one action film and one kids movie. This year's new releases should easily trump last year's new releases; however, last year the box office was led by The Dark Knight Rises, which will keep the year-over-year comparison a little closer.
August 1st, 2013
July was hit and miss at the box office, mostly miss. In fact, only two films really topped expectations, Despicable Me 2 and The Conjuring. That said, 2013 has nearly closed the gap with 2012 and it won't take much to pull ahead. Looking forward to August, we find that it is a very busy month with 16 or so films opening wide over five weeks. Of course, the closer you get to September, the more likely these films will struggle to find an audience, and more often than not, there are simply too many films opening wide to suspect they will all find an audience. On the high end, 2 Guns could be the biggest hit of the month with just over $100 million. The Smurfs 2 and Elysium could pull in $100 million. All three of those films are opening in the first two weeks of the month. After that, most of the new releases will be lucky if they reach $50 million during their theatrical runs. By comparison, last August was not as busy with 14 wide releases. Of those, only one film, The Bourne Legacy, topped $100 million, although a couple came reasonably close. Hopefully we will have more $100 million hits this time around and 2013 will be able to complete the comeback.
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, continuing with Best Lead Actor. This category is not truly competitive, but I'm supporting an underdog.
February 4th, 2013
It's not a bad week as far as first run releases go with three of them appearing high on the chart. This includes Flight, which has earned some major nominations during Awards Season. However, it is a shallow week, as there are also Direct-to-DVD kids releases and even a workout DVD in the top ten, according to Amazon.com. Leading the way is Peter Pan on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Blu-ray Combo Pack with Storybook App. This is not only the best-selling Blu-ray of the week, but it is also the best and is the Pick of the Week.
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 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.
November 4th, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph is breathing new life into the box office this weekend, after a few slow weeks, and with some help from an impressive opening for Flight this weekend will be a healthy 20% or so ahead of last year. Disney is projecting that Ralph will open with $49.1 million, which is a very creditable performance, if well behind the openings of The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc., both of which were released on the equivalent weekend in years gone by. The Pixar brand still counts for a lot, evidently. Flight's $25.01 million projection is well ahead of expectations (take a bow Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis), and has strong enough reviews to have good chances of legs into the Holiday Season.
November 2nd, 2012
There's only one truly wide release this week, Wreck-It-Ralph, but it is opening in more than 3,700 theaters and with reviews that match its pre-release buzz. There are also two films opening in a little under 2,000 theaters, Flight and The Man with the Iron Fists, but both are earning good reviews and could have some impact at the box office by earning places in the top five. Last year the box office was led by Puss in Boots with $33.05 million during its sophomore stint. I think Wreck-It-Ralph will easily top that. The new releases were Tower Heist and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, which combined pulled in $36.98 million. I really doubt Flight and Iron Fists will do the same. So unless Wreck-It-Ralph has close to a $50 million opening, November will start off on a losing note in the year-over-year comparison.
November 1st, 2012
October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office.
|9/26/2014||The Equalizer||Robert McCall||$101,530,738||$90,634,545||$192,165,283|
|8/2/2013||2 Guns||Robert "Bobby" Trench||$75,612,460||$56,880,555||$132,493,015|
|11/2/2012||Flight||Captain William Whitaker||$93,772,375||$65,811,783||$159,584,158|
|2/10/2012||Safe House||Tobin Frost||$126,181,630||$82,360,532||$208,542,162|
|1/15/2010||The Book of Eli||Eli||$94,835,059||$63,915,758||$158,750,817|
|6/12/2009||The Taking of Pelham 123||Walter Garber||$65,452,312||$86,912,058||$152,364,370|
|12/25/2007||The Great Debaters||Melvin B. Tolson||$30,226,144||$35,149||$30,261,293|
|11/2/2007||American Gangster||Frank Lucas||$130,164,645||$137,820,811||$267,985,456|
|11/22/2006||Déjà Vu||Doug Carlin||$64,038,616||$117,000,000||$181,038,616|
|3/24/2006||Inside Man||Keith Frazier||$88,513,495||$97,164,028||$185,677,523|
|7/30/2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Ben Marco||$65,948,711||$30,200,000||$96,148,711|
|4/23/2004||Man on Fire||John W. Creasy||$77,906,816||$53,061,763||$130,968,579|
|10/3/2003||Out of Time||Matt Lee Whitlock||$41,083,108||$14,406,718||$55,489,826|
|12/19/2002||Antwone Fisher||Dr. Jerome Davenport||$21,078,145||$2,289,441||$23,367,586|
|2/15/2002||John Q||John Q||$71,026,631||$31,200,000||$102,226,631|
|10/5/2001||Training Day||Alonzo Harris||$76,261,036||$28,244,326||$104,505,362|
|9/29/2000||Remember the Titans||Coach Boone||$115,654,751||$21,051,932||$136,706,683|
|12/29/1999||The Hurricane||Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter||$50,699,241||$23,257,000||$73,956,241|
|11/5/1999||The Bone Collector||Lincoln Rhyme||$66,488,090||$84,975,000||$151,463,090|
|11/6/1998||The Siege||Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard||$40,932,372||$75,691,623||$116,623,995|
|5/1/1998||He Got Game||Jake Shuttleworth||$21,554,585||$844,095||$22,398,680|
|1/16/1998||Fallen||Det. John Hobbes||$25,188,006||$0||$25,188,006|
|12/13/1996||The Preacher's Wife||Dudley||$48,093,211||$0||$48,093,211|
|7/12/1996||Courage Under Fire||Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Serling||$58,918,501||$41,829,761||$100,748,262|
|9/29/1995||Devil in a Blue Dress||Easy Rawlins||$16,004,418||$0||$16,004,418|
|5/12/1995||Crimson Tide||Lt. Cmdr. Hunter||$91,381,194||$68,000,000||$159,381,194|
|12/17/1993||The Pelican Brief||Gray Grantham||$100,768,056||$87,227,803||$187,995,859|
|5/7/1993||Much Ado About Nothing||Don Pedro of Aragon||$22,549,338||$0||$22,549,338|
|11/18/1992||Malcolm X||Malcolm X||$44,707,772||$0||$44,707,772|
|8/3/1990||Mo' Better Blues||Bleek Gilliam||$16,153,000||$0||$16,153,000|
|2/2/1990||Heart Condition||Napoleon Stone||$4,134,992||$0||$4,134,992|
|5/19/1989||For Queen and Country||Reuben James||$191,051||$0||$191,051|
|2/16/1989||The Mighty Quinn||Xavier Quinn||$3,992,420||$0||$3,992,420|
|11/6/1987||Cry Freedom||Steve Biko||$5,899,797||$20,000,000||$25,899,797|
|1/31/1986||Power||Arnold Billing, Billing Associates President||$3,800,000||$0||$3,800,000|
|9/14/1984||A Soldier's Story||Private First Class Melvin Peterson||$21,821,347||$0||$21,821,347|
|9/25/1981||Carbon Copy||Roger Porter||$8,400,000||$0||$8,400,000|
|2/10/2012||Safe House||Executive Producer||$126,181,630||$82,360,532||$208,542,162|
|1/15/2010||The Book of Eli||Producer||$94,835,059||$63,915,758||$158,750,817|
|12/25/2007||The Great Debaters||Director||$30,226,144||$35,149||$30,261,293|