|As an Actor||Supporting||17||$638,588,792||$705,089,142||$1,343,677,934|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$406,289,383||$488,430,738||$894,720,121|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$38,263||$0||$38,263|
|Best known as a Supporting Actress based on credits in that role in 17 films, with $1,343,677,934 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,230)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Amanda Waller (Suicide Squad), Aibileen (The Help), (Madea Goes To Jail), Delia Shiraz (Eat Pray Love), Director George (Knight and Day)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Lila & Eve (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Will Smith, David Ayer, Jared Leto, Charles Roven, Margot Robbie|
December 1st, 2016
November was good, but not great. Fortunately, 2016 had a large enough lead going into November that the month only needed to be good. In fact, it could have been mediocre and 2016 would have still had an excellent shot to end the year above 2015. As for December, it’s a race between Star Wars and Star Wars. Almost no one thinks Rogue One is going to match The Force Awakens, but if Rogue One earns just half of what The Force Awakens managed, then 2016 will come out on top in the year-over-year comparison. There are only two other films with a better than 50/50 chance of hitting $100 million, Passengers and Sing. Either one could earn second place for the month, but Passengers will likely start faster. Last December, the only other film to earn more than $100 million was Daddy’s Home, which earned just a hair over $150 million. There’s a chance both Passengers and Sing will earn more than $150 million, which would be a boon to the box office. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just too strong last year and it would take a miracle for 2016 to have a stronger December. That said, it would take a complete collapse for 2016 not to top 2015 in raw dollars. The growth might not be enough to keep pace with ticket price inflation, on the other hand.
November 28th, 2016
After Superman Returns struggled at the box office and The Dark Knight became a surprise $1 billion hit, the folks at Warner Bros. decided to reboot the D.C. movies as D.C. Extended Universe using the dark and gritty style of the Dark Knight Trilogy. That hasn’t worked out so far. Man of Steel barely broke even and the mixed reviews made a few people worried about the franchise’s future. The dour interpretation of Superman didn’t work and the editing and pacing was a mess, but at least it had an interesting villain. Batman v Superman was terrible and had one of the worst villains of any comic book movie I’ve seen. When that film was eviscerated by the critics, Warner Bros. stepped in and made last minute changes to Suicide Squad. Did it work? Nope. But is it better than BvS?
August 1st, 2016
July did reasonably well, thanks mostly to The Secret Life of Pets, which will top $300 million shortly and could earn double its nearest competitor when all is said and done. That said, there were also a quartet of $100 million hits as well, so the month had good depth as well. August isn’t as lucky. There is one film that is expected to earn $100 million during its opening weekend, Suicide Squad, and one more that is expected to reach $100 million in total, Pete’s Dragon. There could be a surprise hit among the rest of the releases, (my long shot with a shot is Sausage Party) but for the most part, the rest of the wide releases would be happy with just $50 million at the box office. Last August was a disaster and Straight Outta Compton was the only hit of the month. Unless Suicide Squad bombs compared to expectations, 2016 will come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
June 20th, 2016
There are two wide releases coming out this week, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, although the latter is only coming out on Video on Demand. Neither of these are big releases and it only gets much worse from there. There wasn't a lot of competition for Pick of the Week, but I went with Fantastic Planet: Criterion Collection. It's a classic, but it is also a French Surrealist animated film, so that will limit its target audience.
August 4th, 2015
For a summer week, there's a surprising strength on top of the home market releases. Insurgent will very likely be the top selling DVD or Blu-ray on this week's list, but it isn't even close to the best. There were five contenders for Pick of the Week, three of which were in the TV on DVD category. This includes the eventual winner, Orphan Black: Season Three.
July 17th, 2015
There are very few films on this week's list that have a real shot at earning mainstream success. I would like to think Court or A Hard Day could do so, but they are both foreign-language films and that's usually too big of an obstacle to overcome. Mr. Holmes has both the cast and the reviews to thrive, but it is playing in more than 300 theaters. That might be too many to thrive. Let's hope I'm being too pessimistic.
January 1st, 2015
2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic.
August 1st, 2014
July was... well... let's just pretend it didn't happen. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did well, but week after week 2014 fell further behind 2013 in the year-to-date comparison. At the moment, we are roughly $400 million behind last year's pace and while I don't think August will continue the losing streak, there's really no chance August will put a dent in that number. It looks more and more likely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a hit, especially given its early reviews, but it could be the last $100 million hit till October, if the bad buzz surrounding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turns into bad ticket sales. Last August there were two films that reached $100 million, plus two others that came close. This August might match that, while the biggest film this year should top the biggest film from last year. I think the slump 2014 is suffering through will end the first weekend and overall I think it will cut the deficit a little bit. That said, summer 2014 will still end as one of the worst recent summers at the box office.
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
September 20th, 2013
There might be a close race at the box office this weekend. The buzz surrounding Prisoners is growing enough that it should earn first place, but Insidious Chapter 2 might hold on well enough to challenge the newcomer for top spot. The other new release for the week is Battle of the Year, which is opening in fewer theaters than I thought it would and with much worse reviews. It likely won't be a factor. In fact, there's a slim chance that the 3-D re-release of The Wizard of Oz will earn more this weekend than Battle of the Year will. The best new releases from this week last year was End of Watch, which only managed $13.15 million. This is close to what it cost to make, but it is low for a number one film. On the other hand, last year had much better depth than this year will have, so 2013's winning streak might come to an end.
|8/5/2016||Suicide Squad||Amanda Waller||$325,100,054||$419,600,000||$744,700,054|
|7/17/2015||Lila & Eve||Lila||$38,263||$0||$38,263|
|8/1/2014||Get on Up||Susie Brown||$30,569,935||$2,745,869||$33,315,804|
|2/3/2014||The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby||Professor Friedman||$587,152||$9,920||$597,072|
|11/1/2013||Ender's Game||Major Anderson||$61,737,191||$28,000,000||$89,737,191|
|9/28/2012||Won't Back Down||Nona Alberts||$5,310,554||$404,359||$5,714,913|
|12/25/2011||Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close||Abby Black||$31,847,881||$23,400,000||$55,247,881|
|10/8/2010||It's Kind of a Funny Story||Dr. Eden Minerva||$6,363,628||$269,322||$6,632,950|
|8/13/2010||Eat Pray Love||Delia Shiraz||$80,574,010||$126,024,779||$206,598,789|
|6/23/2010||Knight and Day||Director George||$76,423,035||$182,328,335||$258,751,370|
|10/16/2009||Law Abiding Citizen||Mayor||$73,357,727||$57,802,054||$131,159,781|
|4/17/2009||State of Play||Dr. Judith Franklin||$37,017,955||$51,814,255||$88,832,210|
|2/20/2009||Madea Goes To Jail||$90,508,336||$0||$90,508,336|
|9/26/2008||Nights in Rodanthe||Jean||$41,850,659||$37,500,000||$79,350,659|
|12/1/2006||The Architect||Tonya Neeley||$13,737||$0||$13,737|
|8/9/2006||World Trade Center||Mother in Hospital||$70,278,893||$93,016,761||$163,295,654|
|11/9/2005||Get Rich or Die Tryin'||$30,981,850||$15,685,105||$46,666,955|
|11/8/2002||Far From Heaven||Sybil||$15,901,849||$13,126,065||$29,027,914|
|12/25/2001||Kate and Leopold||Policewoman||$47,095,453||$23,842,325||$70,937,778|
|6/26/1998||Out of Sight||Moselle||$37,562,568||$40,000,000||$77,562,568|
|7/17/2015||Lila & Eve||Executive Producer||$38,263||$0||$38,263|