|As an Actor||Leading||21||$724,213,823||$1,101,326,303||$1,825,540,126|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 21 films, with $1,825,540,126 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #112)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Angie (Shark Tale), Roxie Hart (Chicago), Vanessa Blume (Bee Movie), Dorothy Boyd (Jerry Maguire), Ruby Thewes (Cold Mountain)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jerry Seinfeld, Sharon Maguire, Helen Fielding, Beeban Kidron, Steve Hickner|
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.
September 21st, 2017
October 21st, 2016
Several films coming out this week are earning nearly unanimously positive reviews. This includes a few documentaries, but also a couple of narrative films that have a shot at some box office success. Moonlight is clearly aiming to win awards and it might do so. The Handmaiden should help grow Chan-wook Park’s fanbase here.
September 1st, 2016
August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top.
January 17th, 2015
The Oscar nominations were announced early in the morning, when all sensible people were asleep. There were some surprises, as well as some results that would have been surprises had it not been for the previous Awards Season nominations. Seventeen films earned two or more nods, led by Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, both of which picked up nine nominations, while The Imitation Game was right behind with eight.
February 15th, 2014
Chicago came out in 2002 and was a surprise hit earning more than $300 million worldwide on a $30 million production budget. It was a surprise hit, in part because movie musicals had not been able to find an audience like that in a long, long time. Musicals have been around for as long as movies have had sound. The first film with spoken dialogue, The Jazz Singer, was also the first movie musical. But the heyday of movie musicals ended about forty years before Chicago hit theaters. Unfortunately for a lot of studios, Chicago wasn't able to reinvigorate the movie musical genre. Has the decline in the genre meant Chicago hasn't aged well? Or have more recent musicals failed to match it at the box office, because they have also failed to match its quality?
|12/31/2017||Best Day of my Life||$0||$0||$0|
|10/20/2017||Same Kind of Different as Me||Deborah Hall||$0||$0||$0|
|10/21/2016||The Whole Truth||$0||$1,380,597||$1,380,597|
|9/16/2016||Bridget Jones’s Baby||Bridget Jones||$24,139,805||$179,415,762||$203,555,567|
|10/1/2010||Case 39||Emily Jenkins||$13,261,851||$15,511,976||$28,773,827|
|8/21/2009||My One and Only||Ann Deveraux||$2,556,558||$792,396||$3,348,954|
|1/30/2009||New in Town||Lucy Hill||$16,734,283||$13,203,626||$29,937,909|
|11/2/2007||Bee Movie||Vanessa Blume||$126,631,277||$160,963,300||$287,594,577|
|12/29/2006||Miss Potter||Beatrix Potter||$3,005,605||$32,885,652||$35,891,257|
|6/3/2005||Cinderella Man||Mrs. Braddock||$61,649,911||$43,371,577||$105,021,488|
|11/12/2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason||Bridget Jones||$40,203,020||$223,691,531||$263,894,551|
|12/25/2003||Cold Mountain||Ruby Thewes||$95,632,614||$69,541,295||$165,173,909|
|5/9/2003||Down with Love||Barbara Novak||$20,305,251||$15,151,698||$35,456,949|
|10/11/2002||White Oleander||Claire Richards||$16,357,770||$5,300,000||$21,657,770|
|4/13/2001||Bridget Jones's Diary||Bridget Jones||$71,500,556||$210,026,602||$281,527,158|
|9/8/2000||Nurse Betty||Betty Sizemore||$25,170,054||$2,562,312||$27,732,366|
|6/23/2000||Me, Myself & Irene||Irene P. Waters||$90,570,999||$58,700,000||$149,270,999|
|9/18/1998||One True Thing||Ellen Gulden||$23,337,196||$3,371,000||$26,708,196|
|3/25/1998||A Price Above Rubies||Sonia||$1,118,808||$0||$1,118,808|
|8/29/1997||Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Next Generation||Jenny||$94,558||$0||$94,558|
|12/18/1996||The Whole Wide World||Novalyne Price||$160,766||$0||$160,766|
|12/13/1996||Jerry Maguire||Dorothy Boyd||$153,952,592||$120,047,408||$274,000,000|
|7/12/1996||The Low Life||Poet||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|2/25/1994||8 Seconds||Prescott Motel Buckle Bunny||$19,582,455||$0||$19,582,455|
|8/6/1993||My Boyfriend's Back||$3,218,882||$0||$3,218,882|