|As an Actor||Supporting||7||$212,269,494||$126,249,661||$338,519,155|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$24,397,469||$262,854||$24,660,323|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $338,519,155 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #8,235)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Eva Sanchez (The Purge: Anarchy), Coretta Scott King (Selma), Jackie (The Brave One), Marla Cross (Alex Cross), Sister (Sparkle)|
|Most productive collaborators: David Oyelowo, Ava Duvernay, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Webb|
May 4th, 2015
Selma is the latest film about African-American history that I've reviewed in the past few years. Twelve Years a Slave and The Book of Negroes where both about slavery, while Selma is about the civil rights movement. The change of setting will be nice and I'm hoping the film will be just as good without being as difficult to watch.
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 6th, 2014
The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last week and I'm getting to them a little late, because I needed to organize the whole Awards Season stories. Firstly, I've decided to use the year the movies were released not the year the awards are handed out, unlike what we did last year. This means both will have 2014 as the year. Not ideal, but it is better to fix the mistake now than carry on making it. Secondly, the headlines are just going to be the name of the Awards and either nominations or winners. This will make it easier for readers to find later on. As for the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, Birdman led the way with 6 nods, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma were right behind with 5 each.
July 1st, 2014
Overall, June was not good. Most films matched expectations, or came close enough that there weren't major disappointments. However, it looks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 will miss expectations by more than $100 million. This was such a massive amount that 2014 lost its lead over 2013 and not even Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million opening was able to turn things around. Looking forward to July, there's not a lot of good news. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be the only film coming out during July that will reach the $100 million milestone, but on the high end, it might reach the $200 million mark. There are a few others that have a shot, but are not favored to reach the century mark. On the other hand, there are more films that may or may not open / expand wide and even if they do, they will likely have no real impact at the box office. By comparison, last July, Despicable Me 2 was the top draw and finished with more than $350 million. There were also four other films that surpassed $100 million at the box office. It seems practically impossible for 2014 to match those numbers and will likely finish the month behind last year's pace. Overall, 2014 isn't doing poorly, but the summer has been much weaker than the spring was, so we've gone from potential record breaking year to merely average.
|3/4/2016||Born to Be Blue||Elaine/Jane||$755,153||$685,258||$1,440,411|
|12/25/2014||Selma||Coretta Scott King||$52,076,908||$14,700,000||$66,776,908|
|7/18/2014||The Purge: Anarchy||Eva Sanchez||$71,562,550||$39,971,086||$111,533,636|
|10/19/2012||Alex Cross||Marla Cross||$25,888,412||$9,538,347||$35,426,759|
|6/5/2009||Away We Go||Grace||$9,451,946||$656,070||$10,108,016|
|10/24/2008||Pride and Glory||Tasha||$15,740,721||$27,700,000||$43,440,721|
|9/14/2007||The Brave One||Jackie||$36,793,804||$32,998,900||$69,792,704|
|6/1/2001||What's the Worst That Could Happen?||Amber Belhaven||$32,267,774||$6,194,297||$38,462,071|
|12/31/2000||Sally Hemmings: an American Scandal||$0||$0||$0|
|6/9/2000||Love's Labour's Lost||Maria||$284,291||$0||$284,291|