|As an Actor||(Unclassified)||7||$102,039,111||$10,234,473||$112,273,584|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$591,165||$0||$591,165|
|In Technical Roles||Director||16||$149,490,277||$81,005,787||$230,496,064|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 16 films, with $230,496,064 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #466)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: A Dangerous Method (Director), The Dead Zone (Director), Cosmopolis (Director), Cosmopolis (Screenwriter), Maps to the Stars (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Gynecologist (The Fly), Man at Lake (To Die For), Dr. Wimmer (Jason X), (Barney's Version), Obstetrician (Dead Ringers)|
|Most productive collaborators: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Thomas, Marco Mehlitz|
October 13th, 2015
There are two $100 million movies on this week's list of Home Market Releases: Spy, which earned more than $100 million domestically, and Tomorrowland, which merely cost more than $100 million to make. Spy is arguably the best release on this week's list, but the Blu-ray was already named Pick of the Week, so that honor is going to Aladdin's Blu-ray debut this week.
February 27th, 2015
There are a number of limited releases that are earning excellent reviews, including '71, which might be the biggest hit of the week. Or there might not be any limited release that will become a hit. Maps to the Stars has a great cast, but its reviews are only good. Plus is is playong on Video on Demand. Likewise, Wild Canaries is earning excellent reviews, but it is also playing on Video on Demand.
July 14th, 2014
There is actually a $100 million hit on this week's list of new releases, which puts it miles ahead of most of recent weeks. Unfortunately, that new release is Rio 2, which isn't terrible, but it certainly isn't Pick of the Week material either. Worse still, there is practically no depth this week and almost none of the new DVDs / Blu-rays are Pick of the Week contenders. Fortunately, "Weird Al" Yankovic comes to the rescue with Mandatory Fun, which is a CD, which I normally don't talk about. As far as DVDs and Blu-rays are concerned, Orphan Black: Season 2 on Blu-ray is clearly the best.
April 8th, 2013
It's another bad week on the home market. According to Amazon.com, the biggest release of the week is the fifth season of Merlin, which is a British TV show. Gabriel Iglesias' latest Stand-Up Concert DVD is right behind. The rest of the top five is filled with a canceled cable show and a poorly reviewed limited release. The best release of the week is Naked Lunch Criterion Collection Blu-ray, which is great, but not quite Pick of the Week material. (It is just too bizarre for most people.) Fortunately, Lincoln on Four-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack finally arrived and I was able to review it. Despite it not coming out this week, or this month, it is still the Pick of the Week material. It towers that high above this week's releases. I do hope more people check out Sexy Evil Genius on DVD than its sales ranking indicates.
January 15th, 2013
It is a rather shallow week on the home market. Taken 2 should come away with an easy win, but after that, there's almost nothing that will reach the top 30 for the week. Also, Taken 2 is not Pick of the Week material. I don't know if there is anything that is truly Pick of the Week material. Wake in Fright comes the closest, but the DVD or Blu-ray is still late, I hate giving this title when I'm still waiting for the screener.
January 10th, 2013
eXistenZ is a Canadian movie that cost more than $30 million Canadian dollars to make, but made less than $3 million at the domestic box office. There's never been a time when the exchange rate was great enough to cover that difference. Is it a bad movie? Is that why it failed to find an audience? Or is it, like so many David Cronenberg movies, just too weird for a mainstream audience?
October 12th, 2012
It's a very busy week for limited releases with a dozen films on this week's list. There are few that are earning good buzz or strong reviews, and even a couple earning both. Smashed is probably the film with the best chance at earning mainstream success. The Big Picture, Middle of Nowhere, and Gaybe are also earning overwhelmingly positive reviews.
|4/26/2002||Jason X||Dr. Wimmer||$12,610,731||$3,830,243||$16,440,974|
|9/27/1995||To Die For||Man at Lake||$21,016,710||$6,404,230||$27,420,940|
|9/9/1994||Trial by Jury||Director||$6,971,777||$0||$6,971,777|
|2/16/1990||Nightbreed||Dr. Philip K. Decker||$8,000,000||$0||$8,000,000|
|2/22/1985||Into the Night||Group Supervisor||$6,720,160||$0||$6,720,160|
|2/27/2015||Maps to the Stars||Director||$350,741||$375,738||$726,479|
|11/23/2011||A Dangerous Method||Director||$5,702,083||$9,105,448||$14,807,531|
|9/23/2005||A History of Violence||Director||$31,493,782||$29,984,015||$61,477,797|
|10/21/1983||The Dead Zone||Director||$19,287,938||$0||$19,287,938|