|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 13 films, with $1,878,772,703 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #709)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Foreman Jim (The Lego Movie), Murray (Hotel Transylvania 2), Beca's Boss (Pitch Perfect 2), Judge Peckinpah (The Angry Birds Movie), Hugo (Tomorrowland)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Keanu (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jordan Peele, Phil Lord, Andy Samberg, Doug Sweetland, Christopher Miller|
August 3rd, 2016
It is the beginning of August, a.k.a., the beginning of TV on DVD season. While there are a few prominent releases in that category, the biggest release is Batman: The Killing Joke, which is still a hot mess, but this time on Blu-ray. There are plenty of smaller releases that are worth picking up, including April and the Extraordinary World. Its reviews are nearly 100% positive and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week.
July 24th, 2016
Star Trek Beyond will fall just short of $60 million at the box office this weekend, according to Sunday estimates from Paramount. The studio has the film coming in at $59.6 million over three days, which is substantially short of the $79.2 million earned on debut by Star Trek (the reboot) in 2009, and the $70.2 million made by Star Trek Into Darkness. The so-so start comes in spite of excellent reviews, which are now running at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the franchise seems to have trouble reaching beyond its core audience.
April 30th, 2016
The Jungle Book easily remained in first place on Friday’s box office chart, earning $10.25 million. That is down just 38% from last Friday and if the weekend as the same internal multiplier as last time, then we are looking at a $49 million weekend haul. That’s a lot more than we predicted and would push the film’s running tally well over $250 million. However, this seems overly bullish—I would expect a weekend total of a few million less.
April 28th, 2016
There are three wide releases coming out this week, but none of them look like they will challenge The Jungle Book for top spot. In fact, it looks like all three combined won't come close to The Jungle Book weekend haul. Keanu is the best of the new releases and it has a shot at becoming a midlevel hit. Mother's Day could have been a midlevel hit as counter-programming, especially with Mother's Day just over a week away. However, early reviews are hurting its chances with moviegoers. Finally there's Ratchet and Clank, which is one of those animated movies that feels like it should have gone Direct-to-Video. As for this weekend last year... this weekend last year was the first weekend of May, so year-over-year comparison has to deal with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Obviously 2016 is going to get crushed this weekend. It should bounce back next weekend.
April 1st, 2016
March was a really good month, for the most part. There were a few bombs, but the two biggest films, Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both beat expectations by significant margins, so overall the box office was better than expected. Unfortunately, April is a mess, which makes prognosticating really tough. Every single week has at least one film that either moved, switched from wide to limited release, or disappeared entirely. The Jungle Book appears to be the biggest film of the year, but The Huntsman: Winter's War could also be a $100 million hit. Sadly, last April was led by Furious 7, which earned more than $350 million at the box office. That's very likely more than both The Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter's War will make combined. Worse still, there were only four weekends in April last year, meaning the month ends by going head-to-head with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the month ends, 2016's lead over 2015 might be gone. Let's hope it is not that bad.
January 10th, 2016
Hotel Transylvania came out a few years ago. It cost $85 million to make, which is a lot of money by nearly every definition, but relatively cheap for a digitally animated film. The reviews were mixed, but it was a big financial hit. It came as no surprise that there was a sequel. Hotel Transylvania 2 did better than its predecessor in nearly every way, but it is still a second-tier digitally animated film. For a second-tier film like this to succeed, all it needs to do is entertain the kids while not making the parents want to flee the room right away. That's not a particularly high bar to set. Does this film manage to get above that bar?
September 21st, 2014
|7/22/2016||Don’t Think Twice||Jack||$4,417,983||$0||$4,417,983|
|5/20/2016||Welcome to Happiness||Proctor||$0||$0||$0|
|5/20/2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Judge Peckinpah||$107,509,366||$241,825,144||$349,334,510|
|4/29/2016||Keanu||Clarence Goobril/Smoke Dresden||$20,591,853||$18,124||$20,609,977|
|10/30/2015||Freaks of Nature||Mr. Keller||$0||$0||$0|
|9/25/2015||Hotel Transylvania 2||Murray||$169,700,110||$301,062,272||$470,762,382|
|5/15/2015||Pitch Perfect 2||Beca's Boss||$183,785,415||$103,345,386||$287,130,801|
|11/26/2014||Horrible Bosses 2||Mike/L.A. Morning Crew||$54,445,357||$51,500,000||$105,945,357|
|8/13/2014||Let’s Be Cops||Pupa||$82,390,774||$54,500,000||$136,890,774|
|2/7/2014||The Lego Movie||Foreman Jim||$257,784,718||$199,944,670||$457,729,388|
|9/9/2011||Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star||Guinness Man||$2,529,395||$0||$2,529,395|