|As an Actor||Supporting||9||$248,073,436||$167,848,990||$415,922,426|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$34,296,320||$7,000,000||$41,296,320|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 9 films, with $415,922,426 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #6,737)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Kylo Ren (Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens), Samuel Beckwith (Lincoln), Phillip Altman (This is Where I Leave You), Al Cody (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jamie (While We're Young)|
|Most productive collaborators: Harrison Ford, J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lawrence Kasdan|
January 1st, 2017
December box office numbers helped 2016 end on ... a note. The good news and the bad news almost exactly balance out. On the one hand, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will finish the year with more than $400 million after just 16 days of release. That’s a stunning amount of money that helped 2016 earn a record box office at the domestic market. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $650 million during December of 2015, so the month lost a lot of its lead over 2015, so much so that ticket sales fell behind last year’s total. The weakness at the end of the year will spill over into 2017, which is terrible news. A slow start could result in the dominant box office story being 2017 struggles compared to 2016. Bad news like this can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sadly, 2017 is also going to get off to a slow start when it comes to wide releases / expansions. There are 16 films scheduled to open or expand wide this month and none of them are expected to get to $100 million. It is likely none of them will even get very close. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is expected to be the best of a weak bunch, but I could see it getting beat by one of the five Oscar contenders opening wide this month, if it gets off to a slow start and one of the Oscar contenders starts picking up steam. Hidden Figures got off to a great start on Christmas Day and should it continue to earn Awards Season recognition, including some Oscar nominations, it could be in wide release well into February. Last January wasn’t as busy with 13 films opening or expanding wide over five weeks. Of these, two of them, The Revenant and Kung Fu Panda 3, topped $100 million domestically, while another, Ride Along 2, came close. 2017 is going to get destroyed in the year-over-year comparison.
December 30th, 2016
The last weekend of the year is also the last chance for Oscar contenders to qualify for the Oscars. Two of the three films on this week’s list are absolutely Oscar-bait. Paterson has a better shot at Awards Season glory than The Founder does, but The Founder has a wide expansion planned for January, so it will likely do better at the box office. Meanwhile, the third film, Ocean Waves, is earning the best reviews and is a must see for fans of Studio Ghibli.
November 29th, 2016
April 4th, 2016
After ranking Star Wars: The Force Awakens for those who still haven't seen it, we can do a full featured review. The film smashed box office records here and earned 92% positive reviews. Is it as good as its box office / Tomatometer Score? Or did people just get caught up in the hype?
June 29th, 2015
While We're Young is the latest film from writer / director Noah Baumbach. He has a great streak going by his Tomatometer Scores and this film earned 84% positive reviews. However, the audience score is only 58% positive. That dichotomy is a bit troubling. Is this film designed to wow critics, but will leave the average moviegoer cold?
June 5th, 2015
In another improvement to our news this week, the Limited Releases column is expanding to cover both limited and VOD releases. I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, “aren't you already talking about VOD on the Home Market Releases column?” Yes. However, those are for VOD releases for films that already played in theaters some time ago. This column will include films that debut on VOD either before, or simultaneously with, their theatrical release. We think this it an important change, as too often the Limited Release column was “Limited Releases Playing in New York City and Possibly Los Angeles.” For people in most of the rest of the country, there were no films on the list playing anywhere near them. This week, there are at least a few films worth checking out, including We Are Still Here, which is playing on VOD and Love and Mercy and Testament of Youth, which are theatrical-only releases that both have a shot at mainstream success.
|12/23/2016||Silence||Father Francisco Garrpe||$3,456,650||$4,625,000||$8,081,650|
|12/18/2015||Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens||Kylo Ren||$936,662,225||$1,122,000,000||$2,058,662,225|
|3/27/2015||While We're Young||Jamie||$7,582,065||$5,841,111||$13,423,176|
|9/19/2014||This is Where I Leave You||Phillip Altman||$34,296,320||$7,000,000||$41,296,320|
|12/6/2013||Inside Llewyn Davis||Al Cody||$13,248,209||$19,695,038||$32,943,247|
|11/9/2011||J. Edgar||Walter Lyle||$37,306,030||$47,300,000||$84,606,030|