|As an Actor||Leading||12||$1,226,443,014||$2,730,331,446||$3,956,774,460|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$108,796,599||$186,392,043||$295,188,642|
|In Technical Roles||Director||4||$1,982,988||$562,051||$2,545,039|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 43 films, with $9,048,385,089 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #23)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II), Gareth Mallory (Skyfall), Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I), M (Spectre), Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Killer Elite (Story Creator), The Invisible Woman (Director), Coriolanus (Director), Coriolanus (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Daniel Craig, David Yates, Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Louis Leterrier|
May 6th, 2016
Out of all of the new releases this week, A Bigger Splash is the only one earning lots of buzz. Of course, Captain America: Civil War's buzz is so great that it is drowning out all limited releases, which explains why there's not a lot of films on this week's list.
March 7th, 2016
Spectre is the latest Bond film. It is a follow-up to Skyfall, which not only earned stellar reviews, but was also the biggest box office hit in the franchise earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Spectre wasn't as strong at the box office or with critics, but I'm a long time fan of the franchise, so I will still like it, right?
February 1st, 2016
As expected, January was dominated by holdovers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant leading the way. That's not to say there were no new releases that did well, as Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 were hits with moviegoers. Looking forward, there is only one film that looks like a sure hit, Deadpool. There's a slim chance it could be a surprise $200 million hit. There's a much better chance it will be the only $100 million hit. Conversely, last February started with a $100 million hit coming out, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, while there were two other $100 million movies to come out that month, Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Looks like 2016 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison.
January 11th, 2015
The BAFTA nominations were announced yesterday and unlike most other Awards Season voters, the BAFTA voters gave us some real surprises. For instance, Birdman didn't lead the way. In fact, it was a comedy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, that earned the most nominations at 11. Granted, Birdman and The Theory of Everything were tied for second place with ten each, but it is still strange to see a comedy leading the way.
December 13th, 2014
The third installment of our annual Holiday Gift Guide involves limited releases, including foreign films and documentaries; classics hitting DVD or Blu-ray for the first time; and of course Canadian films. There were better choices for the limited releases than there were for big releases and TV on DVD releases, which is good news, because this Holiday Gift Guide feels that it ahs been lackluster so far. There have been many great limited releases to come out this year, including several foreign-language films to find some measure of mainstream success. On the downside, every year a lot of these movies hit theaters in the fall, so they won't hit the home market for months. That said, there are still some real highlights among the limited releases, classics, and Canadian films. In fact, we start off with the highest of the highlights for the entire year.
December 11th, 2014
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning, at three in the morning, because the people at Golden Globes are under the delusion that news announced at 3:00 a.m. is somehow more important if it is announced before anyone is awake. As for the actual nominations, like with the Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG nominations, Birdman led the way. It earned seven nominations, while Boyhood and The Imitation Game tied for second with five apiece. Starting to notice a pattern here? This could be a really dull Awards Season with very few surprises. On the other hand, predictable means less work for me. Plus, predictable probably means the Awards Season voters are making the right choices, as surprises usually mean someone made the wrong choice.
June 28th, 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest film from auteur director, Wes Anderson, and it is also his biggest box office hit. I liked some of his earlier films, but after The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited, I didn't consider myself a fan of his work. Then I saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom and I loved both. Because of this, I was super excited to see The Grand Budapest Hotel and its box office success caused my expectations to rise even more. Did they rise too high? Is this Wes Anderson's best movie, as well as his biggest hit?
December 27th, 2013
There are a quartet of films opening in limited release this weekend hoping, as this is the last weekend they could open and still have a shot at Oscar glory this year. Three of the four films have already earned at least one major nomination, while the fourth has a shot at Oscar nominations in a technical category or two. Overall, however, their reviews are merely good, but not great. With all of the competition, it might be too difficult for any of them to expand wide. August: Osage County has the best combination of reviews and buzz and should win the weekend.
March 24th, 2013
Skyfall was the latest Bond movie to come out and while nearly everyone thought it would be a hit, almost no one thought it would be this big of a hit. It earned more than $300 million domestically and $1.1 billion worldwide. Had it made half that, it would have been a monster hit. Was it also better than expected? Did it truly deserve this success?
March 3rd, 2013
Schindler's List came out 20 years ago and immediately earned near universal acclaim and went on to become the big winner at the 1994 Oscars taking home seven awards out of the twelve it was nominated for. This week it makes its Blu-ray debut. Does it still stand up 20 years later? And is the Blu-ray worthy of the film?
November 1st, 2012
October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office.
|5/4/2016||A Bigger Splash||Harry Hawkes||$2,024,099||$3,583,792||$5,607,891|
|2/5/2016||Hail, Caesar!||Laurence Laurentz||$30,080,225||$33,392,043||$63,472,268|
|11/18/2014||Salting the Battlefield||$0||$0||$0|
|11/18/2014||Turks & Caicos||$0||$0||$0|
|3/7/2014||The Grand Budapest Hotel||M. Gustave||$59,076,019||$105,274,390||$164,350,409|
|12/25/2013||The Invisible Woman||Charles Dickens||$1,233,347||$262,051||$1,495,398|
|3/30/2012||Wrath of the Titans||Hades||$83,670,083||$221,600,000||$305,270,083|
|12/2/2011||Coriolanus||General Caius 'Coriolanus' Martius||$749,641||$300,000||$1,049,641|
|7/15/2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:…||Lord Voldemort||$381,011,219||$960,500,000||$1,341,511,219|
|11/19/2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:…||Lord Voldemort||$295,983,305||$664,300,000||$960,283,305|
|8/20/2010||Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang||Lord Gray||$29,197,642||$68,602,223||$97,799,865|
|4/30/2010||The Wildest Dream||Narrator||$5,100,135||$0||$5,100,135|
|4/1/2010||Clash of the Titans||Hades||$163,214,888||$330,000,000||$493,214,888|
|6/26/2009||The Hurt Locker||Contractor Team Leader||$17,017,811||$32,876,412||$49,894,223|
|12/10/2008||The Reader||Michael Berg||$34,194,407||$78,824,883||$113,019,290|
|9/19/2008||The Duchess||Duke of Devonshire||$13,848,978||$31,311,132||$45,160,110|
|7/11/2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Pho…||Lord Voldemort||$292,004,738||$650,939,197||$942,943,935|
|6/16/2006||Land of the Blind||Joe||$5,244||$0||$5,244|
|12/21/2005||The White Countess||Todd Jackson||$1,669,971||$1,144,595||$2,814,566|
|11/18/2005||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Lord Voldemort||$290,013,036||$606,898,042||$896,911,078|
|10/5/2005||Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the We…||Victor Quartermaine||$56,068,547||$141,524,605||$197,593,152|
|8/31/2005||The Constant Gardener||Justin Quayle||$33,579,798||$52,721,801||$86,301,599|
|8/5/2005||The Chumscrubber||Michael Ebbs||$49,526||$0||$49,526|
|4/2/2003||The Good Thief||Tony Angel||$3,517,797||$2,942,961||$6,460,758|
|2/28/2003||Spider||Daniel "Spider" Clegg||$1,641,788||$0||$1,641,788|
|12/13/2002||Maid in Manhattan||Christopher Marshall||$93,932,896||$69,905,321||$163,838,217|
|10/4/2002||Red Dragon||Francis Dolarhyde||$92,955,420||$113,500,000||$206,455,420|
|12/17/1999||Sunshine||Ignatz Sonnenschein/Adam Sors/Ivan Sors||$5,095,981||$0||$5,095,981|
|12/3/1999||The End of the Affair||Maurice Bendrix||$10,660,147||$0||$10,660,147|
|12/18/1998||The Prince of Egypt||Rameses II||$101,413,188||$117,200,000||$218,613,188|
|8/14/1998||The Avengers||John Steed||$23,385,416||$25,200,000||$48,585,416|
|12/31/1997||Oscar and Lucinda||Oscar Hopkins||$1,612,957||$0||$1,612,957|
|11/15/1996||The English Patient||Almasy||$78,716,374||$153,000,000||$231,716,374|
|10/6/1995||Strange Days||Lenny Nero||$7,918,562||$0||$7,918,562|
|9/14/1994||Quiz Show||Charles Van Doren||$24,787,282||$0||$24,787,282|
|12/15/1993||Schindler's List||Amon Goeth||$96,067,179||$225,298,388||$321,365,567|
|12/31/2016||Untitled Rudolf Nureyev Project||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|12/25/2013||The Invisible Woman||Director||$1,233,347||$262,051||$1,495,398|
|9/23/2011||Killer Elite||Story Creator||$25,124,986||$40,284,060||$65,409,046|