|As an Actor||Leading||15||$2,152,610,323||$3,477,291,791||$5,629,902,114|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$102,840,367||$153,337,195||$256,177,562|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$0||$846,290||$846,290|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $5,629,902,114 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #12)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Steve Rogers / Captain America (The Avengers), Steve Rogers / Captain America (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Captain America: Civil War), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Steve Rogers / Captain America (Captain America: The First Avenger)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Before We Go (Director), Before We Go (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Robert Downey, Jr., Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo|
|Born: June 13th, 1981 (35 years old)|
April 7th, 2017
It is a busy week for limited releases with more than a dozen titles on this week’s list. This includes a quartet of releases with good reviews and loud buzz. Gifted’s reviews are good, but likely not good enough for limited release. That said, it has a shot at becoming a sleeper hit. Their Finest is a stellar British World War II dramedy, but the cast is more famous in the U.K. than here. Your Name is arguably the best film on this week’s list and it is a monster hit worldwide. However, it is playing in over 300 theaters and that might turn out to be too many. This leaves Colossal as the film with the best shot at mainstream success. Its reviews are not the best, but the combination of reviews, cast, buzz, and commercial viability is.
March 13th, 2017
November 22nd, 2016
It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and of course the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. This week we will tackle first run releases, as well as franchise box sets, although there aren’t many of the latter to talk about. In fact, the best movie box set of the year includes more TV shows than movies in its running time and I’ve decided to include it in our second part, which deals with TV on DVD releases. There are still a number of big first-run releases this year that are definitely worthy gifts. We are going to start with the biggest domestic hit of the year...
September 25th, 2016
Captain America: Civil War is the 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s 13 films in just 8 years. The film pulled in more than $1 billion worldwide, so the market isn’t tired of these movies. However, has the brisk pace resulted in a substandard film? Or is it yet another critical smash?
May 1st, 2016
April started on a soft note and ended weak, but thanks to The Jungle Book, overall the month was actually really good. That's what happens when you get a surprise $300 million hit. This bodes well for May, which is both a slow month and a fantastic month. There are only four weekends and only eight movies coming out, but of those eight films, five have a shot at $100 million. The potential blockbusters are led by Captain America: Civil War, which is not only going to be the biggest hit of the month, but according to a Fandango survey, it is the most anticipated film of the summer. (On a side note, Finding Dory is the most anticipated family film of the summer and Ghostbusters is the most anticipated comedy of the summer. I was surprised by the last result.) Both Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse have real shots at $200 million. One of them could get to $300 million, if they weren't opening against each other. Overall, the month looks excellent. Even better, last May there was only one monster hit, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and most analysts think Captain America: Civil War will beat it at the box office. (There's also the issue of the misalignment in the weekends, which hurt April, but will really help May.)
March 1st, 2016
It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.
As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015.
December 28th, 2015
It's been a few weeks since I did a review. I stopped taking screeners knowing how busy Star Wars: The Force Awakens would keep me, but I figured I should get back in the game. However, there was a question of what late review would be worth checking out? Well, there have been five $1 billion movies to come out this year and I've previously reviewed all of the ones that hit the home market. All of them, but one: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Of the five $1 billion movies, this one is arguably the one that had the most disappointing run at the box office. Yes, a film that made $1.40 billion worldwide was seen as a box office disappointment by some. This is mostly because its predecessor, The Avengers, broke box office records. The film also earned much weaker reviews than the first movie, but still earned 75% positive reviews, which is very good for a wide release. Is it a real disappointment? Or does it hold up compared to the competition?
September 4th, 2015
As bad as the overall box office looks, the list of limited releases is arguably worse. The biggest limited release in terms of buzz is Before We Go, a film that was earning zero positive reviews when I checked late last night. (A couple of positive reviews have since trickled in.) That's not to say there are no films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and Elle L'Adore are both being praised by critics. However, as a documentary and a foreign-language film respectively, their box office chances are not strong.
May 1st, 2015
April is over and there was good news and bad news. Good news: Furious 7 crushed the competition, and broke records along the way. Bad news: Furious 7 crushed the competition and no other April release will earn as much in total as Furious 7 earned during its opening day. Fortunately, Furious 7 was so strong that it carried April of 2015 to a draw when compared to April of 2014. May has a lot of similarities to April. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to break records during its opening weekend and even the low end has it earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, no other film is going to come close to that figure. There are five other films with a potential to reach $100 million at the box office. The keyword there is "potential". There's a chance less than half of those five films will get to that milestone. And like last April, last May had much better depth with five films that reached $100 million, including four that surpassed $200 million. Age of Ultron will earn more than the combined totals of Maleficent, last month's winner, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which placed second for the month. I am a little concerned about the lack of depth this month and this could cause May to lose in the month-over-month comparison in the end.
November 26th, 2014
This Thursday is Thanksgiving, which means this is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and a ton of shopping. It also means the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next month, we will talk about TV on DVD releases, independent releases, foreign language releases, classics, etc. but this week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. In some ways, this is better than last year, as there were a wider number of big releases that would make great gifts. However, in other ways it is much weaker. I can't think of a single big franchise box set that came out this year. There are some smaller ones, like the Halloween Box Set, but while the franchise has lasted ten installments and 30 years, how many can you really say are worth repeated viewing? Fortunately, there were plenty of great films to come out this year, starting with what is currently the biggest hit of the year.
September 6th, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the latest in an unending string of hits for Marvel Studios. It was for quite a while the biggest hit of the year, but was recently overtaken by Guardians of the Galaxy. Is this film worth checking out for those who have enjoyed the previous Avengers films? And if you've never seen any of the previous Avengers films, is this a good place to start?
April 1st, 2014
March was stronger than expected when compared to 2013 with four films earning $100 million or more, led by Divergent. (Not all of them have gotten there yet, but they are certain to reach that milestone before they are done their box office runs.) It wasn't a blow-out victory, on the other hand, as a few weekends the ticket sales were lower in 2014 than they were during the same weekend in 2013. April looks really strong with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading the way. This film should top $200 million over the weekend, while it isn't the only film that should crack the century mark, as Rio 2 is also on track for $100 million. This is great news, as no film last April reached $100 million. Granted, 42 came close and Oblivion wasn't far behind, but The Winter Soldier should earn more than those two films earned combined giving 2014 a comfortable lead over 2013 over the full month.
September 23rd, 2013
Iron Man 3 was the first Marvel Comics movie since The Avengers broke records. Expectations for this film rose dramatically as a result of that film's box office success, not to mention its critical acclaim. Can Iron Man 3 live up to these expectations? Or has The Avengers set the bar too high?
|7/7/2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Steve Rogers/Captain America||$0||$0||$0|
|5/6/2016||Captain America: Civil War||Steve Rogers/Captain America||$408,084,349||$743,600,000||$1,151,684,349|
|9/4/2015||Before We Go||Nick Vaughan||$37,151||$342,010||$379,161|
|5/1/2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Steve Rogers / Captain America||$459,005,868||$945,700,000||$1,404,705,868|
|3/31/2015||Playing It Cool||Narrator||$0||$846,290||$846,290|
|4/4/2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Captain America/Steve Rogers||$259,746,958||$454,654,931||$714,401,889|
|5/3/2013||The Iceman||Mr. Freezy||$1,930,282||$1,693,327||$3,623,609|
|5/4/2012||The Avengers||Steve Rogers / Captain America||$623,279,547||$896,200,000||$1,519,479,547|
|9/30/2011||What's Your Number?||Colin Shea||$14,011,084||$16,152,701||$30,163,785|
|7/22/2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Steve Rogers / Captain America||$176,654,505||$193,915,271||$370,569,776|
|8/13/2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. The World||Lucas Lee||$31,611,316||$16,445,448||$48,056,764|
|6/4/2010||Get Him to the Greek||VH1 Storytellers Audience Members||$61,153,526||$30,302,349||$91,455,875|
|12/30/2009||The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond||Jimmy Dobyne||$119,790||$0||$119,790|
|5/1/2009||Battle for Terra||Stewart Stanton||$1,647,083||$4,740,415||$6,387,498|
|4/11/2008||Street Kings||Detective Paul Diskant||$26,415,649||$39,039,144||$65,454,793|
|8/24/2007||The Nanny Diaries||Harvard Hottie||$25,926,673||$20,064,522||$45,991,195|
|6/15/2007||Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Su…||Johnny Storm/The Human Torch||$131,921,738||$156,293,581||$288,215,319|
|7/8/2005||Fantastic Four||Johnny Storm||$154,696,080||$176,021,000||$330,717,080|
|1/30/2004||The Perfect Score||Kyle||$10,387,706||$0||$10,387,706|
|12/14/2001||Not Another Teen Movie||Jake Wyler||$37,882,551||$24,518,792||$62,401,343|