|As an Actor||Supporting||10||$353,357,694||$682,879,250||$1,036,236,944|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$191,916,109||$850,437,856||$1,042,353,965|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 10 films, with $1,036,236,944 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,823)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Howard Stark (Captain America: The First Avenger), Sky (Mamma Mia!), Mehmed (Dracula Untold), Llane Wrynn (Warcraft), Dino Brewster (Need for Speed)|
|Most productive collaborators: Duncan Jones, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Thomas Tull, Ben Foster|
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.
December 6th, 2015
The second installment of the Holiday Gift Guide focuses on TV on DVD releases. It's going to be a little short this year, because I was not impressed with last year's batch of new releases. There are five networks, but there are only four shows that debuted last season on this list. (Although I admit I don't watch The Flash (DVD or Blu-ray) or Jane the Virgin (DVD) and the WB doesn't hand out screeners.) There were a few other cable shows that started last year that I love, but this includes stuff like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Daredevil, neither of which are on DVD. Additionally, there weren't as many Full-Series Megasets as years past, at least not ones that I think are worthy for this list. Mad Men might be the only Megaset for a concurrent show that makes the list. This all adds up to a short list this year.
September 16th, 2015
This week's home market releases are insane, so I'm going to have to be a lot more judicious in pruning the list. If I were to include all releases that are big enough to include, if they were released during a slow week, there would be more than 100 releases on this week's list (including secondary Blu-rays, but not VOD releases). I have to pare that back to a more reasonable number. Why are there so many releases? Firstly, it is the beginning of the Christmas Shopping season and we have two monster hits on this week's list. Secondly, it is the last week before the fall season begins in earnest, so it is the last week for a lot of shows to come out on DVD before they are running into competition from the new season. It should come as no surprise that the best releases on this week's list are in the TV on DVD categories, including Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1 and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 2. Both of which are co-winners of the Pick of the Week.
September 30th, 2014
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.
March 1st, 2014
2014 continued its strong run in February with The Lego Movie beating even the high end expectations and will become the first film released in 2014 to reach $200 million. March doesn't look as strong, as no film is on track to hit $200 million, but there are five films that have a chance at $100 million. Granted, not all of them will get there; in fact, there's a chance only one of them will get there. Divergent is the film I think has the best shot at the century club, but it could be joined by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, for instance, which is earning surprisingly strong reviews. Noah is a big-budget Bible epic and the studio has to be hoping for at least $100 million, but the buzz is quite negative and there have been reports of troubles behind-the-scenes. Last March was led by Oz The Great and Powerful, which pulled in more than $200 million domestically. I don't think any film opening this March will match that figure. In addition, The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation also hit the $100 million milestone, while Olympus Has Fallen came very close. Granted, there were also some big bombs last March, like The Host, but even so, I think 2014 will lose ground in the year-over-year comparison.
January 17th, 2014
It's the weekend after the Oscar nominations were announced and it is closing in on Sundance, so it is not a good time to release a film in limited release, as art house aficionados are focuses elsewhere. Unfortunately, there are lots of limited releases on this week's list, most of which are earning weak, or really weak reviews. There are a few that are earning good reviews, Big Bad Wolves, G.B.F., Like Father, Like Son, etc., but with the competition, I can practically guarantee that most of them will get lost in the crowd.
|1/15/2016||The Lady in the Van||Theatre Actor||$10,021,175||$31,495,270||$41,516,445|
|11/6/2015||Miss You Already||Kit||$1,162,653||$7,001,396||$8,164,049|
|3/14/2014||Need for Speed||Dino Brewster||$43,568,507||$150,601,112||$194,169,619|
|1/17/2014||Summer in February||A.J. Munnings||$1,624||$0||$1,624|
|1/17/2014||Reasonable Doubt||Mitch Brockden||$0||$41,743||$41,743|
|3/8/2013||Dead Man Down||Darcy||$10,895,295||$8,704,679||$19,599,974|
|6/22/2012||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Henry Sturgess||$37,519,139||$99,970,591||$137,489,730|
|11/23/2011||My Week with Marilyn||Milton||$14,597,405||$19,643,167||$34,240,572|
|7/29/2011||The Devil's Double||Latif Yahia / Uday Hussein||$1,361,512||$1,045,154||$2,406,666|
|7/22/2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Howard Stark||$176,654,505||$193,915,271||$370,569,776|
|10/8/2010||Tamara Drewe||Ben Sergeant||$560,391||$6,167,359||$6,727,750|
|9/25/2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||$33,745||$0||$33,745|
|9/19/2008||The Duchess||Earl Grey||$13,848,978||$31,311,132||$45,160,110|
|2/23/2007||Starter for Ten||Spencer||$216,839||$0||$216,839|
|11/21/2006||The History Boys||Dakin||$2,730,296||$10,717,702||$13,447,998|