|As an Actor||Supporting||10||$1,051,798,482||$1,152,136,530||$2,203,935,012|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$388,824,957||$511,479,009||$900,303,966|
|In Technical Roles||Director||6||$58,156,058||$0||$58,156,058|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 29 films, with $4,468,977,756 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #246)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Marlin (Finding Dory), Tiberius (The Secret Life of Pets), Marlin (Finding Nemo), Russ Cargill (The Simpsons Movie), Larry (This is 40)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Muse (Director), The Muse (Screenwriter), Defending Your Life (Director), Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (Director), Lost in America (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Andrew Stanton, Chris Renaud, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis C.K., Yarrow Cheney|
July 26th, 2017
The Boss Baby is the biggest release of the week, while Ghost in the Shell is a distant second place. Neither of those films are terrible, but neither are remotely good enough to be a Pick of the Week contender. Gifted was in contention, but in the end, I went with the Criterion Collection release for Lost in America.
December 4th, 2016
The Secret Life of Pets is one of the biggest hits of the year and one of the biggest original animated films of all time. That said, strong box office numbers doesn’t mean high quality. Minions earned nearly $300 million more at the box office, but it is strictly for kids. Will The Secret Life of Pets have what it takes to entertain adults as well? Or is it another movie that only kids will enjoy?
November 22nd, 2016
It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and of course the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. This week we will tackle first run releases, as well as franchise box sets, although there aren’t many of the latter to talk about. In fact, the best movie box set of the year includes more TV shows than movies in its running time and I’ve decided to include it in our second part, which deals with TV on DVD releases. There are still a number of big first-run releases this year that are definitely worthy gifts. We are going to start with the biggest domestic hit of the year...
November 7th, 2016
As we recently reported, Finding Dory reached $1 billion this year, becoming the third film released in 2016 to reach that milestone. Is it as good as its box office numbers would indicate? Well, it is from Pixar, so the chances of that are excellent.
June 1st, 2016
May was great, as long as you don't compare it to last May. Captain America: Civil War was a monster hit and is closing in on $400 million, while both X-Men: Apocalypse and The Angry Birds Movie will earn over $100 million. Looking ahead, every week in June, there is one movie that should top $100 million; however, only Finding Dory is expected to make more than $200 million. In fact, that film is expected to make close to $400 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide. Last June, there were two monster hits, Inside Out and Jurassic World, plus one $100 million hit, Spy. I don't see how 2016 will top that. Even if every film with a shot at $100 million gets to that milestone, 2016 still might not top last year's pace. Fortunately, 2016 does have a large lead and that could be enough to keep 2016 ahead of 2015's pace in the year-over-year competition. It could be really close at the end of the month, on the other hand.
June 10th, 2015
The Odd Couple is a TV show based on the award-winning movie of the same name that was based on the award-winning play of the same. The movie starred Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, who are inarguably one of the top ten comedy duos of all time. That sets a really high bar, one that is nearly impossible to match. Does it get there? And is The Complete Series worth picking up?
April 19th, 2015
A Most Violent Year came out last Awards Season and earned some serious pre-release buzz. After all, it stars Jessica Chastain. She's only been acting four roughly five years since she made Jolene, but since then, five of her previous films have earned some measure of Awards Season Buzz. Unfortunately, nothing really came from that buzz and the film wasn't able to expand truly wide. Did it deserve better? Or is the term "Busted Oscar-bait" applicable?
March 19th, 2013
This is 40 is a spin-off from Knocked-Up, which remains Judd Apatow's biggest hit and one of his most loved films. It had high expectations associated with it, but it failed to live up to them. Is it a case of the expectations being just too high? Or did it struggle because it is a flawed film?
December 3rd, 2012
Finding Nemo came out nearly a decade ago and earned nearly perfect reviews. This fall, it became the latest Pixar film to earn a 3D re-release. Is it as good as most critics said it was? And does the 3D add anything to the film?
December 1st, 2012
November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month.
November 23rd, 2012
This weekend is Thanksgiving and as always that means Black Friday and Cyber Monday plus 48 hours of shopping in-between. Unlike most years, I'm only halfway done with my Christmas shopping. So what recent, and not so recent releases are prime candidates for the perfect gift this year? Over the next month, we will go over several dozen possibilities with our annual Holiday Gift Guide, which is divided into into four sections. This week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, before we get into the individual titles, we will start with an update on...
|7/8/2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Tiberius||$368,384,330||$507,573,977||$875,958,307|
|2/12/2016||The Little Prince||$1,311,213||$89,593,965||$90,905,178|
|12/25/2015||Concussion||Dr. Cyril Wecht||$34,531,832||$15,831,958||$50,363,790|
|12/31/2014||A Most Violent Year||Andrew Walsh||$5,749,134||$322,299||$6,071,433|
|12/21/2012||This is 40||Larry||$67,544,505||$22,676,677||$90,221,182|
|7/27/2007||The Simpsons Movie||Russ Cargill||$183,135,014||$343,936,008||$527,071,022|
|1/20/2006||Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World||Himself||$887,416||$0||$887,416|
|5/23/2003||The In-Laws||Jerry Peyser||$20,440,627||$3,905,032||$24,345,659|
|10/12/2001||My First Mister||Randall ("R") Harris||$621,377||$0||$621,377|
|8/27/1999||The Muse||Steven Phillips||$11,614,954||$0||$11,614,954|
|6/26/1998||Doctor Dolittle||Tiger (voice)||$144,156,605||$150,000,000||$294,156,605|
|6/26/1998||Out of Sight||Richard Ripley||$37,562,568||$40,000,000||$77,562,568|
|10/31/1997||Critical Care||Dr. Butz||$220,175||$0||$220,175|
|9/30/1994||The Scout||Al Percolo||$2,667,163||$0||$2,667,163|
|2/4/1994||I'll Do Anything||Burke Adler||$10,209,111||$0||$10,209,111|
|3/22/1991||Defending Your Life||Daniel Miller||$16,371,128||$0||$16,371,128|
|12/16/1987||Broadcast News||Aaron Altman||$51,249,404||$16,081,905||$67,331,309|
|2/15/1985||Lost in America||David Howard||$10,079,206||$0||$10,079,206|
|2/10/1984||Unfaithfully Yours||Norman Robbins||$19,928,200||$0||$19,928,200|
|11/23/1983||Terms of Endearment||Rudyard Greenway||$108,423,489||$0||$108,423,489|
|6/24/1983||Twilight Zone: The Movie||Prologue Car Driver||$29,500,000||$0||$29,500,000|
|3/13/1981||Modern Romance||Robert Cole||$29,137||$0||$29,137|
|10/10/1980||Private Benjamin||Yale Goodman||$69,847,348||$0||$69,847,348|
|3/2/1979||Real Life||Albert Brooks||$0||$0||$0|
|1/20/2006||Looking for Comedy in the Musli…||Director||$887,416||$0||$887,416|
|3/22/1991||Defending Your Life||Director||$16,371,128||$0||$16,371,128|
|2/15/1985||Lost in America||Director||$10,079,206||$0||$10,079,206|