|As an Actor||Leading||9||$526,321,269||$714,171,798||$1,240,493,067|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$145,581,783||$92,073,966||$237,655,749|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$0||$0||$0|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 37 films, with $2,615,509,511 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #644)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Young Agent K (Men in Black 3), Tom Cheney (True Grit), Detective Trupo (American Gangster), Llewelyn Moss (No Country for Old Men), Matt Graver (Sicario)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jason Clarke, Baltasar Kormakur, Joel Coen, John Hawkes, William Nicholson|
February 1st, 2016
As expected, January was dominated by holdovers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant leading the way. That's not to say there were no new releases that did well, as Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 were hits with moviegoers. Looking forward, there is only one film that looks like a sure hit, Deadpool. There's a slim chance it could be a surprise $200 million hit. There's a much better chance it will be the only $100 million hit. Conversely, last February started with a $100 million hit coming out, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, while there were two other $100 million movies to come out that month, Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Looks like 2016 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison.
September 1st, 2015
As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy.
December 8th, 2014
At the moment, Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest grossing film released in 2014. (Mockingjay, Part 1 still has a chance of catching it, depending on how well it does over Christmas). It is also one the the best-reviewed wide releases of 2014. As a fan of Marvel Comics in general and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in particular, I had very high hopes for this film. Was the buzz warranted? Or was this a case of too much hype?
March 3rd, 2014
This week there are a couple massive releases on the home market. 12 Years a Slave just earned the Best Picture Oscar, so it's the perfect time to release it on DVD or Blu-ray. The biggest release of the week is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but it doesn't come out on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack till Friday, so I will get the review online in a couple of days. On the flip side, those two releases seem to have scared away most of the competition, because there's almost nothing else worth talking about. (There's an exercise video in the top five new releases on Amazon.com. That almost never happens.) As for the Pick of the Week, it's 12 Years a Slave on Blu-ray. It's not the only release coming out on Tuesday that's worth buying. I recommend picking up Girl Rising on DVD as well, while Venture Bros.: Season Five on DVD or Blu-ray is also worth the money.
January 1st, 2014
It's the first month of the new year, but the biggest hit might be a film released in December. Last month ended on a slow note with all five Christmas day releases failing to become hits, some more than others. (It's a little too soon to tell if The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will do well enough to break even any time soon, but neither is a serious hit.) There are still some December releases that will likely remain on the charts through the opening weekends of January, while there are some films that opened in limited release last month with a scheduled wide release this month. Of the purely January releases, I would guess Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the biggest hit. Even then, it won't live up to the previous films in the franchise, even if you don't take inflation into account. Most of the rest of the new releases will be happy if they can become midlevel hits. Last January was led by Mama, which earned more than $70 million. I think Shadow Recruit will top that figure at the box office, while there are a similar number of likely box office bombs opening this year as there were last year. 2014 could start out ahead of 2013's pace, but it likely won't be a huge difference either way.
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.
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.
|2/5/2016||Hail, Caesar!||Eddie Mannix||$30,080,225||$33,392,043||$63,472,268|
|12/31/2015||Unchained: The Untold Story of Freest…||Narrator||$0||$0||$0|
|12/12/2014||Inherent Vice||Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Biornsen||$8,110,975||$581,923||$8,692,898|
|8/22/2014||Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Dwight||$13,757,804||$25,741,545||$39,499,349|
|1/31/2014||Labor Day||Frank Chambers||$13,371,528||$818,282||$14,189,810|
|1/11/2013||Gangster Squad||Sgt. John O'Mara||$46,000,903||$58,100,000||$104,100,903|
|5/25/2012||Men in Black 3||Young Agent K||$179,020,854||$475,192,631||$654,213,485|
|12/22/2010||True Grit||Tom Cheney||$171,243,005||$81,033,923||$252,276,928|
|9/24/2010||Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps||Bretton James||$52,474,616||$84,957,003||$137,431,619|
|9/22/2010||You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||Roy||$3,247,816||$31,000,000||$34,247,816|
|6/18/2010||Jonah Hex||Jonah Hex||$10,547,117||$475,579||$11,022,696|
|11/13/2009||Women in Trouble||$18,521||$0||$18,521|
|10/17/2008||W.||George W. Bush Jr.||$25,534,493||$3,041,285||$28,575,778|
|12/31/2007||Grindhouse - Planet Terror||$0||$8,374,592||$8,374,592|
|11/9/2007||No Country for Old Men||Llewelyn Moss||$74,273,505||$89,777,745||$164,051,250|
|11/2/2007||American Gangster||Detective Trupo||$130,164,645||$137,820,811||$267,985,456|
|9/14/2007||In the Valley of Elah||Chief Buchwald||$6,777,741||$17,711,409||$24,489,150|
|4/6/2007||Grindhouse||Dr. William Block (segment "Planet Terror")||$25,031,037||$25,156,752||$50,187,789|
|12/29/2006||The Dead Girl||Tarlow||$19,875||$0||$19,875|
|9/30/2005||Into the Blue||Bates||$18,782,227||$23,200,000||$41,982,227|
|3/18/2005||Melinda and Melinda||Greg||$3,826,280||$16,000,000||$19,826,280|
|8/4/2000||Hollow Man||Matt Kensington||$73,209,340||$117,990,660||$191,200,000|
|7/7/2000||It's the Rage||Tennel||$9,268||$0||$9,268|
|9/10/1999||Best Laid Plans||Bryce||$25,651||$0||$25,651|
|3/26/1999||The Mod Squad||Billy Waites||$13,260,050||$2,155,311||$15,415,361|
|3/22/1996||Flirting with Disaster||Tony||$14,853,474||$1,295,706||$16,149,180|
|1/26/1996||Bed of Roses||Danny||$18,972,237||$0||$18,972,237|
|12/31/2015||Unchained: The Untold Story of …||Executive Producer||$0||$0||$0|