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Idris Elba

Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 11 films, with $3,312,572,775 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #190)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Heimdall (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Heimdall (Thor: The Dark World), Heimdall (Thor), Janek (Prometheus), Stacker Pentecost (Pacific Rim)
Best-Known Technical Roles: No Good Deed (Executive Producer), Beasts of No Nation (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Guillermo Del Toro, Charlie Hunnam, Thomas Tull, Diego Klattenhoff, Ridley Scott

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As an ActorSupporting11$1,192,881,379$2,119,691,396$3,312,572,775
Lead Ensemble Member3$34,346,958$9,251,951$43,598,909
In Technical RolesExecutive Producer2$52,543,632$1,779,578$54,323,210

2015 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

November 25th, 2015


Awards Season begins with the Independent Spirit Awards nominations. There were definitely some surprise nominees this year, but that also meant there were some unfortunate snubs as well. The overall leader was Carol, which just opened this past weekend. This is great timing and should help its box office numbers, as well as its chances throughout Awards Season. Its six nominations were one ahead of Beasts of No Nation and Spotlight. (One of Spotlight's was the Robert Altman Award, which has no nominations, just one winner.)


2015 Preview: March

March 1st, 2015

Cinderella poster

February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month. More...

Weekend Estimates: No Good Deed Enjoys Surprise Win

September 14th, 2014

No Good Deed poster

Movie fans are ignoring the critics this weekend and turning out in big numbers to see No Good Deed. The thriller, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson will easily win the weekend with an estimated $24.5 million, in spite of earning only 17% positive reviews from critics. Audiences are giving the film a 71% positive score so far, which represents a huge difference of opinion. Dolphin Tale 2, which was considered the more likely weekend winner, and is enjoying excellent reviews from critics and moviegoers alike, is under-performing at the box office and should make about $16.5 million according to Warner Bros., down from the $19.2 million opening for the first film in the franchise. More...

2014 Preview: September

September 1st, 2014

The Equalizer poster

August was a great month, it is as simple as that. Not only did Guardians of the Galaxy break records, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a surprise hit as well. These early gains led to an extended winning streak in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, 2014 is still more than $300 million behind 2013, but this is substantially less than the gap was before the month. Can September maintain this run? I'm not sure. Last September was strong compared to most Septembers with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 earning more than $100 million while Insidious Chapter 2 came relatively close. This year, there likely won't be any $100 million hits, but I think The Equalizer should at least come close. Meanwhile, there are some who think The Maze Runner will be the biggest hit of the month, but I'm not among them. There have been too many similar releases that have struggled to think this one will be a hit. I think September will get off to a terrible start, but overall I think it will be close to last year. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Thor: The Dark World

February 17th, 2014

Thor came out in 2011 and cost $150 million to make. However, it barely made a profit. In fact, had it been a stand-alone movie, it would have very likely lost money. Had it not been for The Avengers boosting the home market numbers, it might have lost money. On the other hand, Thor: The Dark World cost $170 million to make and pulled in 40% more at the worldwide box office. Is it also 40% better? Or did it benefit from the big picture The Avengers movie universe has pulled together? More...

2014 Awards Season: Slave Hustles to the Top

December 14th, 2013

12 Years a Slave poster

Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces. More...

Limited Releases: Long Walk to Success

November 29th, 2013

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom poster

It's not a good week on the limited release front. There's only a couple of films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews: Cousin Jules and The Punk Singer. The former just screams art house and has little hope of finding mainstream audiences. The latter might do better, but it still will be limited to the art house circuit. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has the most mainstream appeal, but its reviews are only good and not great. More...

2013 Preview: July

July 1st, 2013

For the most part, June was a really strong month at the box office with nearly every film either matching expectations, or at least coming close enough to call it a victory. Looking forward, there are a dozen films opening wide in July, more or less. One of them, The Smurfs 2, is opening on a Wednesday, so I'm going to hold off talking about that movie till the August preview. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is opening in less than 1000 theaters, but it has a shot at reaching the top ten during its opening weekend. If we include both of them, there are twelve films, but I think it is better to stick with the ten truly wide, truly July openings. Of these, Despicable Me 2 is clearly going to be the biggest hit at the box office. It could become the second biggest hit of the year so far. It is not the only film that could be a $100 million hit. In fact, there are six films opening in July that I think have a better than 50% chance of reaching that level. There is currently only one film that I think won't at least become a midlevel hit. By comparison in 2012, there were three $100 million movies, led by The Dark Knight Rises, but the rest of the new releases struggled. There's no chance any movie opening this month will top $400 million, in fact, it is quite possible no film will get to $300 million. That said, 2013 has a lot better depth, so it might come out on top in the end. More...

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12/31/2017 The Trap   $0 $0 $0
10/6/2017 Alien: Covenant Janek  $0 $0 $0
7/22/2016 Star Trek Beyond   $0 $0 $0
4/15/2016 The Jungle Book Shere Khan  $0 $0 $0
10/16/2015 Beasts of No Nation Commandant  $90,777 $0 $90,777
5/1/2015 The Avengers: Age of Ultron Heimdall  $459,005,868 $945,700,000 $1,404,705,868
3/20/2015 The Gunman Barnes  $10,664,749 $2,979,543 $13,644,292
9/12/2014 No Good Deed Colin  $52,543,632 $1,779,578 $54,323,210
11/29/2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela  $8,323,085 $19,156,930 $27,480,015
11/8/2013 Thor: The Dark World Heimdall  $206,360,018 $427,000,000 $633,360,018
7/12/2013 Pacific Rim Stacker Pentecost  $101,802,906 $309,200,000 $411,002,906
6/8/2012 Prometheus Janek  $126,477,084 $272,528,622 $399,005,706
2/17/2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Moreau  $51,774,002 $97,443,353 $149,217,355
5/6/2011 Thor Heimdall   $181,030,624 $268,295,994 $449,326,618
10/15/2010 Legacy Malcolm Gray  $0 $0 $0
8/27/2010 Takers Gordan Jennings  $57,744,720 $12,842,548 $70,587,268
4/23/2010 The Losers Roque  $23,591,432 $6,272,408 $29,863,840
12/31/2009 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency   $0 $0 $0
4/24/2009 Obsessed Derek Charles  $68,261,644 $5,703,069 $73,964,713
1/9/2009 The Unborn Arthur Wyndham  $42,670,410 $35,538,402 $78,208,812
10/8/2008 RocknRolla Mumbles  $5,700,626 $22,093,713 $27,794,339
4/11/2008 Prom Night Detective Winn  $43,869,350 $13,324,305 $57,193,655
11/21/2007 This Christmas Quentin  $49,121,934 $611,611 $49,733,545
11/2/2007 American Gangster Tango  $130,164,645 $137,820,811 $267,985,456
5/11/2007 28 Weeks Later General Stone  $28,637,507 $35,593,798 $64,231,305
4/5/2007 The Reaping Ben  $25,126,214 $37,100,000 $62,226,214
2/14/2007 Daddy's Little Girls Monty  $31,366,978 $242,265 $31,609,243
10/7/2005 The Gospel Charles  $15,778,152 $0 $15,778,152
7/25/2003 Buffalo Soldiers Kimborough  $353,743 $0 $353,743
Movies: 29Totals:$1,720,460,100$2,651,226,950$4,371,687,050
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10/16/2015 Beasts of No Nation Producer $90,777 $0 $90,777
9/12/2014 No Good Deed Executive Producer $52,543,632 $1,779,578 $54,323,210
10/15/2010 Legacy Executive Producer $0 $0 $0
Movies: 3Totals:$52,634,409$1,779,578$54,413,987