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Ben Affleck
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Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 27 films, with $3,973,091,536 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #32)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Batman (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Nick Dunne (Gone Girl), Tony Mendez (Argo), Rafe McCawley (Pearl Harbor), A.J. Frost (Armageddon)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Argo (Director), Argo (Producer), The Town (Director), The Town (Screenwriter), Good Will Hunting (Screenwriter)
Most productive collaborators: David Fincher, Alan Arkin, Chris Terrio, Rosamund Pike, Gillian Flynn

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As an ActorLeading27$1,933,525,151$2,039,566,385$3,973,091,536
Lead Ensemble Member3$96,373,539$38,601,166$134,974,705
In Technical RolesDirector4$248,511,983$165,547,817$414,059,800

Weekend Wrap-Up: Civil War's Opening Missed Mark, but still Tops Yearly Chart with $179 million

May 10th, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

The Curse of Great Expectations hit Captain America: Civil War, as it had a monster opening, but still missed even the low end of expectations at $179.14 million. This is the best opening for any film this year, so Disney should be more than happy with this result. Overall, the box office pulled in $237 million, which is 121% more than last weekend. Granted, it is the official start of summer, so an increase like that is to be expected. More importantly, it is 80% higher than the same weekend last year. Even if you compare this weekend to the start of summer last year, 2016 still comes out ahead, albeit by a much smaller margin of 1.8%. Year-to-date, 2016 padded its lead, which grew to 7.0% at $3.77 billion to $3.53 billion. More...

2016 Preview: March

March 1st, 2016


It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.

As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015. More...

Weekend Predictions: Are the Box Office Chances Going, Going, Gone?

October 2nd, 2014

Gone Girl poster

The first weekend in October promises to be better than the average weekend in September was, but then again, it would practically have to. Gone Girl is aiming for first place and most analysts think it will get there. On the other, Annabelle has an outside shot at top spot over the weekend. That seems unlikely, but thanks to its genre, it has a better shot at earning first place on Friday's daily chart. The final wide release of the week is Left Behind, which as it turns out isn't opening truly wide. The buzz is so bad that some expect the film to open below the Mendoza Line. This weekend last year, Gravity opened in first place with $55.79 million. No film is going to open with that much money. In fact, all three wide releases combined might not make that much. 2014 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison, but frankly we should all be used to that by now. More...

2014 Preview: October

September 30th, 2014

Fury poster

September is over and while it got off to a bad start, a really, really, truly terrible start, it actually ended on a bit of a strong note. Granted, no film has yet to reach $100 million, but The Maze Runner and The Equalizer both could get there in the end. As for October, we might go another month without a $100 million hit. There are a couple of films that have the potential to reach the century mark, Gone Girl and Fury. Hopefully they will get there, but given the recent box office woes, it is probably best to keep expectations low. Last October, there were two films that earned more than $100 million. Bad Grandpa just made it passed that mark. On the other hand, Gravity was a monster hit earning nearly $275 million. It you compare its run to this year's batch of films, it only ranks behind Guardians of the Galaxy. ... There's no way any film opening this month is going to match that. ... There no way the top two films will match that. ... The top three films might not match that. ... 2014 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison and by the end of the month, it will be safe to say its chances of ever catching up to 2013 will be over. It is going to be a depressing month. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review - The Jack Ryan Collection

December 2nd, 2013

The Jack Ryan franchise is a strange one. There have been four films so far, with a fifth on the way, and during that time, four different actors will have played the titular role. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hits theaters in mid-January, so it is a perfect time to release the four earlier movies on a Blu-ray box set. (Or to be more accurate, re-release the 2008 Blu-rays in one box set.) How many of these earlier films are worth checking out? And is the box set good value? More...

2013 Preview: October

October 1st, 2013

October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 7th, 2013

May 7th, 2013

While there are a lot of new releases listed on, it isn't long before you run into filler. Worse still, the top two selling movies, Jack Reacher and Save Haven, are just mediocre movies. The Great Escape is coming out on Blu-ray this week, which would normally be a reason to celebrate. However, a lot of reviewers are complaining about the poor video quality. The film needed, and deserves, a full restoration, but that didn't happen. We need to look further down the list to find a Pick of the Week contender, and we find one in 30 Rock: Season Seven. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Jersey Girl

May 7th, 2013

This movie came out during the height of the Bennifer backlash. Gigli did so poorly with critics and moviegoers that a lot of people were prejudging this film as soon as it was announced. It earned three Razzie nominations; however, Raquel Castro won a Young Artist Award for her performance in the film. Now that the mess surrounding the film is nearly a decade in the past, is it worth checking out? Or would it have failed under the best of circumstances? More...

Argo Predicted as Best Picture, Awards to Be Spread Far and Wide

February 24th, 2013

Voting is closed in our annual Predict the Academy Awards contest, and Argo is the clear favorite to pick up the Best Picture award, based on the opinion of nearly 500 entrants. Ben Affleck's thriller took an impressive 80% of the vote, more than six times the score of Lincoln, which took second place in the poll. Coincidentally, the contest has predicted the winner of the Best Picture Oscar 80% of the time in the 15 years we've been running it. Quite a few other categories have strong favorites, but there are also some really close calls, and it looks as though the awards will be shared by several films tonight.

- Votes in Each Category
- Predicted Winners in Each Category More...

2013 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Picture

February 22nd, 2013

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try to figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. We wrap up our look at the prestigious categories with the most prestigious of them all: Best Picture. Like last year, there are nine nominees. Unlike last year, none of them were completely out of left field. That's not to say they all have a legitimate shot at winning; there's definitely a favorite. However, politics could become an issue. I don't mean politics as in Democrat vs. Republican. I mean behind-the-scenes issues might play a bigger role than what is on the screen. Let's take a look at the nominees, and their chances to claiming the crown on Sunday. More...

2013 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Director

February 22nd, 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. Today we will look at the Best Director, which is one of the stranger races this year. Before Awards Season began, I thought Kathryn Bigelow would be the favorite. She wasn't even nominated. The evidence suggests Ben Affleck will win. But again, he wasn't even nominated. So with the top two choices not even on the list of nominees, we are looking at the best of the rest. More...

2013 Awards Season: Argo Adds to Awards Season Haul

February 3rd, 2013

Directors Guild of America Awards were this weekend and the big winner shouldn't surprise too many people, assuming they've been paying attention. Argo won yet again and given this, Ben Affleck should be the favorite to win an Oscar at the end of the month... except he wasn't even nominated. More...

2013 Awards Season: DGA Diverge From Oscars

January 14th, 2013

The Directors Guild of America handed out their nominations for Feature Films last week and Documentaries today. No, I have no idea why they split up their announcements. Usually, there's a lot of overlap between the DGAs and the Oscars, but that's not the case this year, so we again have some surprises. More...

2013 Awards Season: Les Mis Leads Ways as Surprises Dominate

January 14th, 2013

Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out their awards last night, and the trend of surprises continues. Les Miserables led the way with three awards, only one of which I was truly expecting. Meanwhile, Argo won more awards than Lincoln. I don't think anyone was predicting that. More...

2013 Awards Season: Lincoln Oversees a Divided Group of Nominees

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. More...

Awards Season: Lincoln Shows a United Front at the Golden Globes

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. More...

Weekend Estimates: Taken Repeats, But Argo's Close

October 14th, 2012

Taken 2 is set for a second weekend at the top of the box office charts with $22.5 million, although its 55% decline from last weekend makes it clear that the film won't have anything like the legs of its predecessor, which fell only 17% in its second outing. That will make for a tight pack of films at the top of the chart this weekend, with Argo leading the charge. Ben Affleck's film is set for $20.1 million this weekend and is showing signs of having very good word of mouth: it was up 47% from Friday to Saturday and looks likely to fall by around 35% on Sunday -- impressive figures these days. Sinister will have the rare distinction of opening at the top of the chart on Friday and finishing the weekend in third place (Lionsgate has its gross pegged at $18.25 million over three days). More...

2012 Preview: October

October 1st, 2012

2012 continues its downward path. After a record-breaking spring, thanks to The Hunger Games, and a record-breaking start to the summer, thanks to The Avengers, the box office hasn't been able to maintain any real momentum. For most of the month, September was no better than August and now the year-over-year gains are just a little more than inflation. October will need to improve or 2012 will be in real trouble. Unfortunately, that might be tough. There's not a single film coming out in October that looks like it will be a guaranteed $100 million hit and there are only two films with a realistic chance, Taken 2 and Paranormal Activity 4. (There's also Cloud Atlas, which is a wild card. That movie could bomb or be the biggest hit of the month and I wouldn't be surprised either way.) There is a chance all three will get to the century mark, but there's a better chance none of them will. Last October, two films cracked $100 million: Paranormal Activity 3 and Puss in Boots, with the latter nearly reaching $150 million. I don't see any film coming close to matching that figure. On the other hand, last year there were six films that one could accurately describe as bombs. So while 2012 is weaker at the top, it could have better depth than 2011 did. Let's hope so, because we can't afford more bad news. More...

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6/14/2019 Justice League: Part Two Bruce Wayne/Batman  $0 $0 $0
12/31/2017 Strangers on a Train   $0 $0 $0
10/14/2016 The Accountant   $0 $0 $0
3/25/2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batman  $328,727,882 $537,800,000 $866,527,882
10/3/2014 Gone Girl Nick Dunne  $167,767,189 $200,800,000 $368,567,189
10/4/2013 Runner Runner Ivan  $19,316,646 $41,196,034 $60,512,680
4/12/2013 To the Wonder Neal  $584,563 $977,377 $1,561,940
10/12/2012 Argo Tony Mendez  $136,025,503 $91,115,254 $227,140,757
1/21/2011 The Company Men Bobby Walker   $4,444,612 $125,355 $4,569,967
9/17/2010 The Town Doug McRay  $92,186,262 $60,380,619 $152,566,881
9/4/2009 Extract Dean  $10,823,158 $26,000 $10,849,158
4/17/2009 State of Play Stephen Collins  $37,017,955 $51,814,255 $88,832,210
2/6/2009 He's Just Not That Into You Neil  $93,953,653 $87,100,004 $181,053,657
2/13/2007 Man About Town Jack Giamoro  $0 $0 $0
1/26/2007 Smokin' Aces Jack Dupree  $35,662,731 $21,600,709 $57,263,440
9/8/2006 Hollywoodland George Reeves  $14,426,251 $2,400,000 $16,826,251
7/21/2006 Clerks II Gawking Guy  $24,148,068 $3,194,178 $27,342,246
10/22/2004 Surviving Christmas Drew Lathem  $11,198,345 $3,130,468 $14,328,813
3/26/2004 Jersey Girl Ollie Trinke  $25,266,129 $11,800,000 $37,066,129
12/25/2003 Paycheck Michael Jennings  $53,789,313 $45,030,476 $98,819,789
8/1/2003 Gigli Larry Gigli  $6,068,735 $1,038,460 $7,107,195
2/14/2003 Daredevil Matt Murdock, AKA Daredevil  $102,543,518 $80,239,000 $182,782,518
5/31/2002 The Sum of All Fears Jack Ryan  $118,471,320 $75,028,680 $193,500,000
4/12/2002 Changing Lanes Gavin Banek  $66,790,248 $0 $66,790,248
8/24/2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Holden/Himself  $30,059,386 $3,703,014 $33,762,400
5/25/2001 Pearl Harbor Rafe McCawley  $198,539,855 $250,700,000 $449,239,855
11/17/2000 Bounce Buddy Amaral  $36,805,288 $16,620,004 $53,425,292
2/25/2000 Reindeer Games Rudy Duncan  $23,360,779 $0 $23,360,779
2/18/2000 Boiler Room Jim Young  $16,963,963 $11,809,674 $28,773,637
11/12/1999 Dogma Bartleby  $30,651,422 $13,297,443 $43,948,865
3/19/1999 Forces of Nature Ben  $52,900,680 $41,000,000 $93,900,680
2/26/1999 200 Cigarettes Bartender  $6,851,636 $0 $6,851,636
12/11/1998 Shakespeare in Love Ned Alleyn  $100,241,322 $179,182,206 $279,423,528
7/1/1998 Armageddon A.J. Frost  $201,578,182 $353,021,818 $554,600,000
1/23/1998 Phantoms Bryce Hammond  $5,657,370 $0 $5,657,370
12/5/1997 Good Will Hunting Chuckie  $138,433,435 $87,500,000 $225,933,435
9/19/1997 Going All the Way Gunner Casselman  $86,175 $0 $86,175
4/4/1997 Chasing Amy Holden McNeil  $12,006,514 $3,148,581 $15,155,095
9/27/1996 Glory Daze Jack  $5,000 $0 $5,000
10/20/1995 Mallrats Shannon Hamilton  $2,028,211 $0 $2,028,211
9/24/1993 Dazed and Confused Fred O'Bannion  $7,950,889 $0 $7,950,889
9/18/1992 School Ties Chesty Smith  $14,715,067 $0 $14,715,067
7/31/1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Basketball Player # 10 (uncredited)  $13,662,164 $0 $13,662,164
4/21/1989 Field of Dreams Extra  $60,045,168 $0 $60,045,168
Movies: 44Totals:$2,301,754,587$2,274,779,609$4,576,534,196
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12/31/2017 Houses of Deceit Producer $0 $0 $0
10/20/2017 Live by Night Screenwriter,
$0 $0 $0
10/12/2012 Argo Producer,
$136,025,503 $91,115,254 $227,140,757
9/17/2010 The Town Screenwriter,
$92,186,262 $60,380,619 $152,566,881
10/19/2007 Gone, Baby, Gone Screenwriter,
$20,300,218 $14,051,944 $34,352,162
12/5/1997 Good Will Hunting Screenwriter $138,433,435 $87,500,000 $225,933,435
Movies: 6Totals:$386,945,418$253,047,817$639,993,235