|As an Actor||Leading||29||$1,257,976,282||$1,826,233,080||$3,084,209,362|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$125,392,453||$88,984,898||$214,377,351|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||1||$105,269,730||$216,971,858||$322,241,588|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 29 films, with $3,084,209,362 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #56)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Jor-El (Man of Steel), Javert (Les Miserables), Noah (Noah), Maximus (Gladiator), Detective Richie Roberts (American Gangster)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Robin Hood (Producer), The Water Diviner (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Ridley Scott, Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Connelly, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard|
|Born: April 7th, 1964 (53 years old)|
September 3rd, 2017
The Mummy came out this summer and was supposed to kick off Universal’s Dark Universe franchise. In fact, Universal had announced about a dozen films in the franchise, at least one of which had a release date, but no star. Then the reviews started coming out. For a short time, The Mummy was the worst wide release of the summer. It bombed domestically and even though it did a lot better internationally, it still failed to pay for its nearly $200 million production budget. Was is unfairly attacked by critics? Or does Universal need to rethink their plans for a Dark Universe?
August 24th, 2016
There are not many major hits on this week’s list, but there are several releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week. This includes TV on DVD releases like Ash vs The Evil Dead: Season 1 (DVD or Blu-ray), as well as limited releases like Maggie’s Plan (DVD or Blu-ray). However, in the end I went with The Nice Guys on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
May 1st, 2016
April started on a soft note and ended weak, but thanks to The Jungle Book, overall the month was actually really good. That's what happens when you get a surprise $300 million hit. This bodes well for May, which is both a slow month and a fantastic month. There are only four weekends and only eight movies coming out, but of those eight films, five have a shot at $100 million. The potential blockbusters are led by Captain America: Civil War, which is not only going to be the biggest hit of the month, but according to a Fandango survey, it is the most anticipated film of the summer. (On a side note, Finding Dory is the most anticipated family film of the summer and Ghostbusters is the most anticipated comedy of the summer. I was surprised by the last result.) Both Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse have real shots at $200 million. One of them could get to $300 million, if they weren't opening against each other. Overall, the month looks excellent. Even better, last May there was only one monster hit, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and most analysts think Captain America: Civil War will beat it at the box office. (There's also the issue of the misalignment in the weekends, which hurt April, but will really help May.)
April 26th, 2015
Furious 7 will once more hold on to the title of top movie at the box office this weekend, becoming the first film since Guardians of the Galaxy to do so for four weekends, and the first since The Hunger Games to be number one for four straight weeks. Furious 7 will also become this weekend only the third title, after Avatar and Titanic, to hit $1 billion in international box office earnings. Universal is estimating an international total of $1.001 billion, including $323 million in China—an all-time record for that territory.
April 24th, 2015
If there is a theme with this week's limited releases, it is actors making their directorial debuts. There are three such films, including The Water Diviner. None of these film are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews, but The Water Diviner comes the closest.
July 27th, 2014
Noah was a risky movie to make. It is a Bible Epic, which is to say, it uses a Bible story to tell an epic movie, as opposed to a faith-based film aimed at churchgoers. It was bound to offend that target audience, while being based on the Bible was bound to turn off those who get annoyed at those who get offended by films like Noah. Should either of these audiences give the film a second chance? Will it appeal to churchgoers? Is it an entertaining film, even for those who don't believe?
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 1st, 2013
December ended on a positive note with 2012 topping 2011 with a week to spare. Hopefully this will translate into strong box office numbers going forward. There are several January releases that actually look very interesting, but you always have to ask, if the films are as good as they look, why are they opening in January? The biggest hit on this list will likely not be a January release, but a limited release from December that is expanding wide in January. Zero Dark Thirty opened in limited release the Wednesday before Christmas and right away it got off to an incredible start. If it can turn some of its Awards Season nominations into wins, which seems very likely at this point, it should be the biggest hit of January. If it can earn some major Oscars, then it might crack $100 million. Unfortunately, no other film on this release list is likely to come close to the $100 million mark. Last January was unseasonably strong with three films opening with $20 million or more and four films finishing with $50 million or more. It is possible that none of the new releases will reach those relatively weak standards.
December 1st, 2012
November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month.
November 1st, 2012
October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office.
|6/9/2017||The Mummy||Henry Jekyll||$80,101,125||$329,213,876||$409,315,001|
|12/31/2016||In Sand and Blood||Captain James Riley||$0||$0||$0|
|7/8/2016||Fathers and Daughters||Jack Davis||$0||$5,106,744||$5,106,744|
|5/20/2016||The Nice Guys||Jackson Healy||$36,261,763||$21,000,000||$57,261,763|
|4/24/2015||The Water Diviner||Connor||$4,200,117||$26,664,532||$30,864,649|
|2/14/2014||Winter's Tale||Pearly Soames||$12,600,231||$9,868,389||$22,468,620|
|6/14/2013||Man of Steel||Jor-El||$291,045,518||$376,954,000||$667,999,518|
|1/18/2013||Broken City||Mayer Nicolas Hostetler||$19,701,164||$14,778,881||$34,480,045|
|11/2/2012||The Man with the Iron Fists||Jack Knife||$15,634,090||$6,384,898||$22,018,988|
|11/19/2010||The Next Three Days||John Brennan||$21,148,651||$46,107,265||$67,255,916|
|5/14/2010||Robin Hood||Robin Longstride||$105,269,730||$216,971,858||$322,241,588|
|4/17/2009||State of Play||Cal McAffrey||$37,017,955||$51,814,255||$88,832,210|
|10/10/2008||Body of Lies||Ed Hoffman||$39,394,666||$79,161,864||$118,556,530|
|11/2/2007||American Gangster||Detective Richie Roberts||$130,164,645||$137,820,811||$267,985,456|
|9/7/2007||3:10 to Yuma||Ben Wade||$53,606,916||$17,564,909||$71,171,825|
|11/10/2006||A Good Year||Max Skinner||$7,459,300||$34,604,805||$42,064,105|
|6/3/2005||Cinderella Man||Jim Braddock||$61,649,911||$43,371,577||$105,021,488|
|11/14/2003||Master and Commander: The Far Side of…||Captain Jack Aubrey||$93,926,386||$118,985,751||$212,912,137|
|12/21/2001||A Beautiful Mind||John Forbes Nash Jr.||$170,708,996||$146,959,062||$317,668,058|
|12/8/2000||Proof of Life||Terry Thorne||$32,598,931||$30,162,074||$62,761,005|
|11/5/1999||The Insider||Jeffrey Wigand||$28,965,197||$31,300,000||$60,265,197|
|10/1/1999||Mystery, Alaska||John Biebe||$8,891,623||$0||$8,891,623|
|9/19/1997||L.A. Confidential||Bud White||$64,604,977||$61,600,000||$126,204,977|
|5/30/1997||Rough Magic||Alec Ross||$171,979||$0||$171,979|
|3/8/1995||The Sum of Us||Jeff Mitchell||$766,000||$0||$766,000|
|2/10/1995||The Quick and the Dead||Cort||$18,552,460||$0||$18,552,460|
|1/1/1994||For the Moment||Lachlan||$121,548||$0||$121,548|
|1/1/1990||Prisoners of the Sun||Lieutenant Corbett||$53,000||$0||$53,000|
|7/8/2016||Fathers and Daughters||Executive Producer||$0||$5,106,744||$5,106,744|
|4/24/2015||The Water Diviner||Director||$4,200,117||$26,664,532||$30,864,649|