|As an Actor||Leading||46||$1,704,959,371||$555,547,758||$2,260,507,129|
|In Technical Roles||Director||34||$1,812,773,416||$1,166,770,436||$2,979,543,852|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 46 films, with $2,260,507,129 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #86)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Walt Kowalski (Gran Torino), Frankie Dunn (Million Dollar Baby), Frank Corvin (Space Cowboys), Frank Horrigan (In the Line of Fire), William Munny (Unforgiven)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: American Sniper (Director), American Sniper (Producer), Sully (Director), Sully (Producer), Gran Torino (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Bradley Cooper, Robert Lorenz, Joel Cox, Sienna Miller, Tim Moore|
|Born: May 31st, 1930 (86 years old)|
September 18th, 2016
As expected, this weekend’s three new wide releases couldn’t budge Sully from the top of the chart with the Tom Hanks/Clint Eastwood drama down a very respectable 37% in its second weekend to $22 million, for a total of $70.5 million to date. Two films, Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’s Baby both had aspirations to challenge Sully for the title, but had to settle for second and third place.
September 15th, 2016
There are three wide releases this week, plus another that could sneak into the top ten. Two of the three new releases, Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’s Baby, are expected to do well. On the other hand, Snowden is only going to reach the top five due to the lack of competition. Meanwhile, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise is a faith-based concert film. It could reach the top five, or it could miss the Mendoza Line. There’s no way to predict its box office potential. Despite the number of new releases, Sully is expected to remain in top spot thanks to its reviews and target demographic. This weekend last year, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials led the way with just over $30 million. It is likely no film will make that this year, while the depth is a mixed bag, so it looks like 2016 will lose in the year-over-year comparison.
September 13th, 2016
Four films opened wide or semi-wide over the weekend, but only one of them, Sully, did well at the box office. It earned more than double its nearest competition, When the Bough Breaks, at $35.03 million to $14.20 million. The other two new releases bombed. Overall, the box office was flat, up 1.1% from last weekend to $101 million. This was also flat when compared to last year, down just 1.7%. Since this weekend was so close to last weekend, it should come as no surprise that the year-over-year comparison hardly moved. This time last week, 2016 was ahead of 2016 by just over 6.7%, while this week its lead is just under 6.8% at $8.10 billion to $7.58 billion.
September 11th, 2016
September 8th, 2016
Fall Season starts in lively style this weekend with an impressively wide release for Sully. The Clint Eastwood/Tom Hanks drama will open in 3,525 theaters, the most for a new release since Pete’s Dragon almost a month ago. That film’s $21 million opening will be the minimum benchmark for Sully.
September 1st, 2016
August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top.
July 18th, 2016
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
January 8th, 2016
It is a terrible time of year to release a film in limited release. It is just too late for Awards Season and there are so many Oscar contenders in theaters that the target audience is busy trying to catch up. That said, there are a couple of films here that I hope do well: Lamb and The Treasure.
November 9th, 2015
There are a couple of big hits on this week's list of new releases. Terminator: Genisys was a monster hit internationally, but it failed to live up to expectations here. On the other hand, Trainwreck earned $100 million here, but barely made a peep internationally. Of these two films, Trainwreck is the only one worth picking up. In fact, it is a Contender for Pick of the Week. However, I'm still waiting for the screener and I hate to give out this title when a screener is on its way. Because of that, I'm going with Better Call Saul: Season One as the Best of the Best, but it isn't the only other title worth picking up.
May 11th, 2015
It is a typical summer week on the home market with little to no prime releases. The biggest release of the week is Still Alice, which earned $18 million in theaters. That's not bad for a limited release. It is better than some of the wide releases that came out earlier this year. Fortunately, the Blu-ray is also the best new release of the week and it is the Pick of the Week. In fact, it isn't even close as there are no other contenders for that title.
May 10th, 2015
I recently reviewed the MacGyver Megaset and my opinion of Megasets remains the same. There's little point in going over the series, other than giving the basics. The real question is whether or not it is worth upgrading for those who bought the original releases? Or is it worth picking up for those who skipped them the first time around?
February 25th, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey remained in first place internationally with $68.1 million on 10,323 screens in 58 markets for totals of $280.5 million internationally and $409.7 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings this weekend, but it does open in South Korea this weekend. It is already the biggest hit of the year after just ten days of release and it has made enough to justify a sequel. However, its legs are definitely weak and I'm don't think the sequel will match its box office dominance.
February 20th, 2015
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we look at the biggest prize, Best Picture. Like with Best Director, this is a two-horse race with the same two films at the top of the list.
January 18th, 2015
American Sniper was confidently expected to top the box office charts this weekend, and to give Clint Eastwood his best weekend as a director, but no-one was predicting that the film would break the record for the biggest weekend in January by over $20 million. As of Sunday morning, that’s what Warner Bros. is projecting for the film with their official weekend estimate standing at $90,205,000 from 3,555 theaters. Since the film had already played for three weeks in exclusive engagements, it will also grab the crown for biggest fourth weekend at the box office.
January 15th, 2015
The Directors Guild of America were the last major Awards Season group to hand out their nominations and did so over two days this week. Not surprisingly, for the most part, the same group of films appear on this list as have appeared on the rest of the Awards Season nominations. Birdman, Boyhood, and The Imitation Game all make appearances,
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.
December 23rd, 2014
We have a short prediction column today detailing the three Christmas day wide releases, as well as the two bigger limited releases. Sadly, none of these five films are really living up to potential and Christmas Day could be rather weak at the box office. Then again, why should Christmas be any different than the past several months. 2014 got off to such a great start. Last Christmas was busier, but not particularly strong either, so at least 2014 won't lose too badly.
June 22nd, 2014
Mid-Summer weekend will produce a near tie at the box office, according to estimates released on Sunday, with Sony in first and second place. Think Like a Man Too will come out top with about $30 million, according to the studio—basically in line with the $33 million earned by the first film in the franchise. That portends a total that will fall short of the $91.5 million earned by the previous outing domestically, and with limited international appeal, this installment will be solidly, but not spectacularly profitable. Enough for a third film? Probably.
June 19th, 2014
There are two wide releases coming out this week, but none of them are expected to be monster hits. Think Like a Man Too could eventually get to $100 million, while Jersey Boys might become a midlevel hit, but no more than that. There are a couple of holdovers that should be very big players at the box office, as both How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street will earn close to $30 million over the next three days. On the other hand, this weekend last year there were two monster hits, Monster University and World War Z, as well as a holdover, Man of Steel, that will make more than either of the two new releases this year will make. 2014 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison.
June 1st, 2014
It is too soon to tell how May will end, as this story will be published before the weekend estimates came out. (Maleficent had an excellent start on Friday, unlike A Million Ways to Die in the West.) Overall, it was a good month with at least three movies that are on track to hit $200 million, but there was no really big winner for the month. It was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, last May there was a monster hit, Iron Man 3, and 2014 could not compete with that, so it lost ground to 2013. June hopes to turn things around and there are some reasons to be optimistic. All four weeks there is at least one film opening that at least has a shot at $100 million. There are even two films that at least have a shot at $300 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should win the monthly box office race while How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a long shot to win, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if it did. Additionally, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, and Think Like a Man 2 are all contenders for the century club. Not all of them will get to that milestone, but all of them at least have a short. Last June, there were three films that reached $200 million, including Man of Steel, which nearly reached $300 million. It looks like June of 2014 will be about as strong as June of 2013, more or less. If all films reach their potential, it could win the year-over-year comparison. Unless there are some shocking bombs, it shouldn't struggle so much that 2014 loses its lead over 2013 entirely.
December 16th, 2012
It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week.
|10/15/2015||Tab Hunter Confidential||Himself||$85,812||$0||$85,812|
|9/21/2012||Trouble with the Curve||Gus||$35,763,137||$12,055,776||$47,818,913|
|12/12/2008||Gran Torino||Walt Kowalski||$148,095,302||$126,447,783||$274,543,085|
|2/19/2008||Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project||Himself / Private Kelly / "Dirty" Harry Callahan||$0||$0||$0|
|12/15/2004||Million Dollar Baby||Frankie Dunn||$100,492,203||$131,524,199||$232,016,402|
|4/25/2003||A Decade Under the Influence||Himself||$34,514||$0||$34,514|
|8/9/2002||Blood Work||Terrell McCaleb||$26,199,517||$0||$26,199,517|
|8/4/2000||Space Cowboys||Frank Corvin||$90,454,043||$38,420,000||$128,874,043|
|3/19/1999||True Crime||Steve Everett||$16,676,845||$0||$16,676,845|
|2/14/1997||Absolute Power||Luther Whitney||$50,068,310||$0||$50,068,310|
|6/2/1995||The Bridges of Madison County||Robert Kincaid||$71,516,617||$104,000,000||$175,516,617|
|11/24/1993||A Perfect World||Red Garnett||$31,160,784||$0||$31,160,784|
|7/9/1993||In the Line of Fire||Frank Horrigan||$102,243,874||$85,100,000||$187,343,874|
|12/7/1990||The Rookie||Nick Pulovski||$21,633,874||$0||$21,633,874|
|1/1/1990||White Hunter, Black Heart||John Wilson||$2,319,124||$0||$2,319,124|
|5/26/1989||Pink Cadillac||Tommy Nowak||$12,143,484||$0||$12,143,484|
|7/13/1988||The Dead Pool||Harry Callahan||$37,903,000||$0||$37,903,000|
|12/5/1986||Heartbreak Ridge||Gunnery Sgt. Tom Highway||$42,724,017||$0||$42,724,017|
|6/28/1985||Pale Rider||The Preacher||$41,410,568||$0||$41,410,568|
|12/7/1984||City Heat||Lieutenant Speer||$38,348,988||$0||$38,348,988|
|12/9/1983||Sudden Impact||Harry Callahan||$67,642,693||$0||$67,642,693|
|12/15/1982||Honkytonk Man||Red Stovall||$3,695,409||$0||$3,695,409|
|12/17/1980||Any Which Way You Can||Philo Beddoe||$70,687,344||$0||$70,687,344|
|6/11/1980||Bronco Billy||Bronco Billy||$24,265,659||$0||$24,265,659|
|6/22/1979||Escape from Alcatraz||Frank Morris||$43,000,000||$0||$43,000,000|
|12/20/1978||Every Which Way but Loose||Philo Beddoe||$104,268,727||$0||$104,268,727|
|1/1/1977||The Gauntlet||Ben Shockley||$35,400,000||$0||$35,400,000|
|1/1/1976||The Outlaw Josey Wales||Josey Wales||$27,000,000||$0||$27,000,000|
|1/1/1976||The Enforcer||'Dirty' Harry Callahan||$46,200,000||$0||$46,200,000|
|1/1/1975||The Eiger Sanction||Dr. Jonathan Hemlock||$14,200,000||$0||$14,200,000|
|1/1/1974||Thunderbolt and Lightfoot||John 'Thunderbolt' Doherty||$25,000,000||$0||$25,000,000|
|12/28/1973||Magnum Force||'Dirty' Harry Calahan||$44,680,473||$0||$44,680,473|
|8/22/1973||High Plains Drifter||The Stranger||$15,700,000||$0||$15,700,000|
|1/1/1972||Joe Kidd||Joe Kidd||$6,330,000||$0||$6,330,000|
|12/24/1971||Dirty Harry||'Dirty' Harry Calahan||$28,153,434||$0||$28,153,434|
|1/1/1971||The Beguiled||Corporal John McBurney||$1,100,000||$0||$1,100,000|
|1/1/1971||Play Misty for Me||Dave Carver||$10,600,000||$0||$10,600,000|
|6/16/1970||Two Mules for Sister Sara||Hogan||$5,050,000||$0||$5,050,000|
|1/1/1970||Kelly's Heroes||Lt. Kelly||$5,200,000||$0||$5,200,000|
|10/15/1969||Paint Your Wagon||Pardner (Sylvester Newel)||$31,678,778||$0||$31,678,778|
|3/12/1969||Where Eagles Dare||Lieutenant Morris Pimpennel Schaffer||$7,100,000||$0||$7,100,000|
|10/2/1968||Coogan's Bluff||Deputy Sheriff Walt Coogan||$3,110,000||$0||$3,110,000|
|8/3/1968||Hang 'em High||Marshal Jedediah 'Jed' Cooper||$6,800,000||$0||$6,800,000|
|12/29/1967||Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo||The Good||$6,100,000||$0||$6,100,000|
|5/10/1967||Per qualche dollaro in più||The Man With No Name||$4,300,000||$0||$4,300,000|
|1/18/1967||Per un pugno di dollari||Joe||$3,500,000||$0||$3,500,000|
|9/21/2012||Trouble with the Curve||Producer||$35,763,137||$12,055,776||$47,818,913|
|12/7/2007||Grace Is Gone||Composer||$50,080||$1,100,144||$1,150,224|
|12/20/2006||Letters from Iwo Jima||Director,|
|10/20/2006||Flags of Our Fathers||Composer,|
|12/15/2004||Million Dollar Baby||Composer,|
|11/21/1997||Midnight in the Garden of Good …||Producer,|
|6/2/1995||The Bridges of Madison County||Producer,|
|11/24/1993||A Perfect World||Director||$31,160,784||$0||$31,160,784|
|1/1/1990||White Hunter, Black Heart||Director||$2,319,124||$0||$2,319,124|
|1/1/1976||The Outlaw Josey Wales||Director||$27,000,000||$0||$27,000,000|
|1/1/1975||The Eiger Sanction||Director||$14,200,000||$0||$14,200,000|
|8/22/1973||High Plains Drifter||Director||$15,700,000||$0||$15,700,000|
|1/1/1971||Play Misty for Me||Director||$10,600,000||$0||$10,600,000|