|In Technical Roles||Director||4||$164,875,819||$84,394,680||$249,270,499|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 4 films, with $249,270,499 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #491)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Lee Daniels' The Butler (Director), Lee Daniels' The Butler (Producer), Precious (Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire) (Director), The Paperboy (Director), The Paperboy (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Strong, Mariah Carey, Pamela Oas Williams|
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.
August 1st, 2013
July was hit and miss at the box office, mostly miss. In fact, only two films really topped expectations, Despicable Me 2 and The Conjuring. That said, 2013 has nearly closed the gap with 2012 and it won't take much to pull ahead. Looking forward to August, we find that it is a very busy month with 16 or so films opening wide over five weeks. Of course, the closer you get to September, the more likely these films will struggle to find an audience, and more often than not, there are simply too many films opening wide to suspect they will all find an audience. On the high end, 2 Guns could be the biggest hit of the month with just over $100 million. The Smurfs 2 and Elysium could pull in $100 million. All three of those films are opening in the first two weeks of the month. After that, most of the new releases will be lucky if they reach $50 million during their theatrical runs. By comparison, last August was not as busy with 14 wide releases. Of those, only one film, The Bourne Legacy, topped $100 million, although a couple came reasonably close. Hopefully we will have more $100 million hits this time around and 2013 will be able to complete the comeback.
|12/31/2017||Richard Pryor: Is It Something …||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|8/16/2013||Lee Daniels' The Butler||Director,|
|11/6/2009||Precious (Based on the Novel Pu…||Director||$47,566,524||$21,156,324||$68,722,848|