|As an Actor||Leading||14||$326,438,229||$214,338,141||$540,776,370|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$33,501,548||$39,306,091||$72,807,639|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||4||$34,829,873||$2,247,152||$37,077,025|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 67 films, with $2,485,555,618 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #736)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Cecil Gaines (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Frank Dotzler (Taken 3), Colonel Weber (Arrival), Ira (Where the Wild Things Are), Tick Willis (Southpaw)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Hope Floats (Director), Dope (Producer), Monte Carlo (Executive Producer), Fruitvale Station (Producer), Repentance (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Strong, Mariah Carey, Pamela Oas Williams|
November 1st, 2016
October turned out to be a mixed month. On the one hand, not one movie earned $100 million, or even came close. However, it was also a more steady month than last October and the last two weeks really helped 2016 in the year-over-year comparisons. In November, we have five films with at least a shot at $100 million, three of which should have no trouble getting to at least $200 million. A little while ago, I thought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be the biggest hit of the month, but the buzz took a hit recently. More on that below. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange’s reviews are currently 90% positive and that should help it out at the box office. The third very likely $200 million hit is Moana. There is certainly precedent for an animated movie to be a monster hit at this time of year, but there is also a lot of competition. Last November was similar in strength, with five films that earned more than $100 million and two films that earned more than $200 million. None earned more than $300 million, so that’s the goal for this November. If we can get one $300 million and / or three $200 million movies over the month, then it will be seen as a victory.
July 1st, 2015
June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out.
June 15th, 2014
Pretty much every year, the Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature includes one surprise nomination. I don't mean one film that didn't earn strong enough reviews to be an Oscar-contender (although that also happens a lot) but a film that most mainstream moviegoers haven't heard of before the nominations are announced. Last year, that film was Ernest and Celestine. The film only got a token release in theaters, but it is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack this week. Did it earn the nomination? And is the Blu-ray Combo Pack worth picking up?
March 9th, 2014
Out of the Furnace came out the weekend after Thanksgiving, which is a dead zone at the box office. Despite being in the heart of the winter holidays (Thanksgiving through New Year's Day) the weekend after Thanksgiving is often times among the worst weekend of the year for wide releases. That was certainly the case in 2013 and Out of the Furnace was part of the problem. Is it as bad as its box office numbers would indicate? Or did it fail to find an audience in part because of the release date?
February 28th, 2014
It is Oscar weekend, so it should come as no surprise there are not a lot of limited releases with the usual target audience. Art house aficionados will be paying more attention to the Awards than to new releases. Ernest & Celestine is the lone exception, which is the only Oscar-nominated film on this week's list and the best reviewed as well. Most of the rest of the movies are earning reviews that range from mixed to outright terrible. The Lunchbox could be the break-out hit of the weekend, if there is a break-out hit.
December 14th, 2013
December 1st, 2013
We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012.
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
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.
May 19th, 2013
The Last Stand was important for two reasons. Firstly, it was the first starring role for Arnold Schwarzenegger in a decade, while it was also the English-language debut for Kim Jee-woon. Unfortunately, while I wanted the film to do well, it made less in total that I predicted it would make during its opening weekend. Is it really that bad? Or should moviegoers who skipped it the first time check it out on the home market?
January 4th, 2013
Because you need to release a film before January 1st to quality for Oscars, many studios release their best limited releases right before the year ends. This means January is the worst time of year to release a limited release. Not only is it too late for Oscar glory, but they have to compete with films going for Oscar glory. So it comes as no surprise there are not a lot of films on this week's list, and only one of them, 56 Up, is earning great reviews.
January 1st, 2013
December ended on a positive note with 2012 topping 2011 with a week to spare. Hopefully this will translate into strong box office numbers going forward. There are several January releases that actually look very interesting, but you always have to ask, if the films are as good as they look, why are they opening in January? The biggest hit on this list will likely not be a January release, but a limited release from December that is expanding wide in January. Zero Dark Thirty opened in limited release the Wednesday before Christmas and right away it got off to an incredible start. If it can turn some of its Awards Season nominations into wins, which seems very likely at this point, it should be the biggest hit of January. If it can earn some major Oscars, then it might crack $100 million. Unfortunately, no other film on this release list is likely to come close to the $100 million mark. Last January was unseasonably strong with three films opening with $20 million or more and four films finishing with $50 million or more. It is possible that none of the new releases will reach those relatively weak standards.
|12/16/2016||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||$0||$0||$0|
|3/6/2015||Two Men in Town||William Garnett||$0||$2,514||$2,514|
|1/9/2015||Taken 3||Frank Dotzler||$89,256,424||$238,400,000||$327,656,424|
|12/4/2013||Out of the Furnace||Chief Wesley Barnes||$11,330,849||$4,103,526||$15,434,375|
|11/27/2013||Black Nativity||Reverend Cornell||$7,018,188||$266,947||$7,285,135|
|8/16/2013||Lee Daniels' The Butler||Cecil Gaines||$116,632,095||$60,393,403||$177,025,498|
|7/26/2013||Rising From Ashes||Narrator||$37,673||$13,123||$50,796|
|3/1/2013||Ernest et Celestine||Ernest||$292,562||$9,083,882||$9,376,444|
|1/18/2013||The Last Stand||Agent Bannister||$12,050,299||$36,280,458||$48,330,757|
|1/4/2013||A Dark Truth||Francisco Francis||$5,750||$0||$5,750|
|8/10/2012||Freelancers||Lt. Detective Dennis Lurue||$0||$367,299||$367,299|
|3/12/2010||Our Family Wedding||$20,255,281||$1,155,265||$21,410,546|
|2/9/2010||Hurricane Season||Al Collins||$0||$0||$0|
|10/16/2009||Where the Wild Things Are||Ira||$77,233,467||$21,890,189||$99,123,656|
|8/4/2009||Winged Creatures||Charlie Archenault||$0||$0||$0|
|4/11/2008||Street Kings||Captain Jack Wander||$26,415,649||$39,039,144||$65,454,793|
|2/22/2008||Vantage Point||Howard Lewis||$72,266,306||$78,620,023||$150,886,329|
|1/25/2008||The Air I Breathe||Happiness||$25,775||$0||$25,775|
|12/25/2007||The Great Debaters||James Farmer Sr.||$30,226,144||$35,149||$30,261,293|
|5/18/2007||Even Money||Clyde Snow||$64,458||$0||$64,458|
|3/13/2007||A Little Trip to Heaven||Abe Holt||$0||$0||$0|
|9/27/2006||The Last King of Scotland||Idi Amin||$17,606,684||$31,548,687||$49,155,371|
|4/4/2003||Phone Booth||Captain Ramey||$46,566,212||$51,270,926||$97,837,138|
|5/12/2000||Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year…||Ker||$21,471,685||$8,253,978||$29,725,663|
|3/3/2000||Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai||Ghost Dog||$3,330,230||$2,700,000||$6,030,230|
|11/10/1999||Light It Up||Officer Dante Jackson||$5,871,603||$0||$5,871,603|
|7/1/1994||Blown Away||Anthony Franklin||$30,133,002||$0||$30,133,002|
|1/14/1994||Body Snatchers||Major Collins||$428,868||$0||$428,868|
|12/3/1993||Bank Robber||Officer Battle||$115,842||$0||$115,842|
|11/25/1992||The Crying Game||Jody||$62,546,695||$0||$62,546,695|
|10/16/1992||Consenting Adults||David Duttonville||$21,591,728||$0||$21,591,728|
|3/13/1992||Article 99||Dr. Sid Handleman||$6,281,089||$0||$6,281,089|
|5/3/1991||A Rage in Harlem||Jackson||$10,438,504||$0||$10,438,504|
|9/29/1989||Johnny Handsome||Dr. Steven Fisher||$6,622,465||$0||$6,622,465|
|10/1/1988||Bird||Charlie 'Bird' Parker||$2,181,286||$0||$2,181,286|
|12/23/1987||Good Morning Vietnam||Private 1st Class Edward Motesque Garlick||$123,922,370||$0||$123,922,370|
|10/17/1986||The Color of Money||Amos||$52,293,000||$0||$52,293,000|
|8/13/1982||Fast Times at Ridgemont High||Charles Jefferson||$27,092,880||$0||$27,092,880|
|3/2/2016||Songs My Brothers Taught Me||Producer||$34,793||$112,144||$146,937|
|7/26/2013||Rising From Ashes||Executive Producer||$37,673||$13,123||$50,796|
|7/1/2011||Monte Carlo||Executive Producer||$23,186,769||$16,500,000||$39,686,769|
|12/22/1995||Waiting to Exhale||Director||$66,947,948||$14,400,000||$81,347,948|