|As an Actor||Leading||5||$726,673,004||$822,434,294||$1,549,107,298|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$170,874,969||$110,605,907||$281,480,876|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||3||$204,069,481||$110,605,907||$314,675,388|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 24 films, with $2,666,950,173 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #630)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Mike (Monsters University), Mike Wazowski (Monsters, Inc.), Artie Decker (Parental Guidance), Ben Sobel (Analyze This), Lee Phillips (America's Sweethearts)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Parental Guidance (Producer), America's Sweethearts (Producer), America's Sweethearts (Screenwriter), Analyze This (Executive Producer), Forget Paris (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: John Goodman, John Lasseter, Andy Fickman, Darla Anderson, Steve Buscemi|
October 21st, 2014
Like last week, it is not a very busy week on the home market. However, unlike last week, there are not a lot of prime releases. The second to last DVD / Blu-ray release for Mad Men tops the list. Well, it is the second to last release, until the Full Season Megaset comes out. The biggest theatrical release is The Purge: Anarchy, which was a huge hit, given its budget, but not a monster hit. As for the Pick of the Week contenders, it's Mad Men and Snowpiercer on DVD or Blu-ray. In the end I had to flip a coin to decide. I came up heads. Then I realized I should probably decide which movie is heads before I flipped the coin. Let's try that again. Snowpiercer is the Pick of the Week.
November 24th, 2013
Thanksgiving is less than a week away and that means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a ton of shopping. It also means the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next month, we will talk about TV on DVD releases, independent releases, foreign language releases, classics, etc. but this week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, this year seems weaker than years past. Last year the biggest new release was The Avengers, which was also one of the best reviewed wide releases of the year. This year the biggest release is Iron Man 3, which earned good reviews, but not great reviews. Last year there were a ton of franchise box sets. This year has been pretty barren. In fact, I think the only franchise box set that's truly new and really worth picking up is...
October 26th, 2013
Monsters Inc. was a huge hit in 2001 earning close to $300 million domestically and more than $550 million worldwide. This summer, a prequel, Monsters University, came out and it earned a little less domestically, but more than $700 million worldwide. If you factor in inflation and the growth of international markets, this isn't as strong a run as the predecessor had, but still very profitable. Is the quality similar, i.e., not quite as strong as the original, but still worth checking out? And are any of the four releases worth picking up?
June 19th, 2013
Hayao Miyazaki is one of the best animators working today, if not they best. He's created a number of masterpieces and even his weaker efforts are worth watching again and again. Recently two of his films were released on Blu-ray, Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro. The screeners arrived a little late, but I finally got to the reviews this week. Where do they fit in Hayao Miyazaki's filmography? And are they worth picking up?
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
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.
|12/25/2012||Parental Guidance||Artie Decker||$77,267,296||$43,565,087||$120,832,383|
|1/22/2010||The Tooth Fairy||Jerry||$60,022,256||$52,588,130||$112,610,386|
|2/19/2008||Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|6/10/2005||Hauru no ugoku shiro||$4,710,455||$233,103,872||$237,814,327|
|12/6/2002||Analyze That||Dr. Ben Sobol||$32,122,249||$22,872,508||$54,994,757|
|11/2/2001||Monsters, Inc.||Mike Wazowski||$289,423,425||$270,334,294||$559,757,719|
|7/20/2001||America's Sweethearts||Lee Phillips||$93,607,673||$67,040,820||$160,648,493|
|3/5/1999||Analyze This||Ben Sobel||$106,885,658||$70,000,000||$176,885,658|
|5/9/1997||Father's Day||Jack Lawrence||$28,681,080||$7,000,000||$35,681,080|
|5/19/1995||Forget Paris||Mickey Gordon||$33,194,512||$0||$33,194,512|
|6/10/1994||City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly…||Mitch Robbins||$43,440,947||$0||$43,440,947|
|9/23/1992||Mr. Saturday Night||Buddy Young Jr.||$13,351,357||$0||$13,351,357|
|6/7/1991||City Slickers||Mitch Robbins||$124,033,791||$0||$124,033,791|
|7/14/1989||When Harry Met Sally…||Harry Burns||$92,823,546||$7,569||$92,831,115|
|9/28/1988||Memories of Me||Abbie||$3,965,000||$0||$3,965,000|
|12/11/1987||Throw Momma From the Train||Larry Donner||$53,380,796||$0||$53,380,796|
|9/25/1987||The Princess Bride||Miracle Max||$30,857,000||$0||$30,857,000|
|6/27/1986||Running Scared||Danny Costanzo||$38,500,726||$0||$38,500,726|
|3/2/1984||This is Spinal Tap||Morty the Mime||$4,736,202||$0||$4,736,202|
|3/5/1999||Analyze This||Executive Producer||$106,885,658||$70,000,000||$176,885,658|
|9/23/1992||Mr. Saturday Night||Director||$13,351,357||$0||$13,351,357|