|As an Actor||(Unclassified)||13||$275,005,347||$115,435,541||$390,440,888|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$209,852,922||$325,184,143||$535,037,065|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||1||$706,547||$0||$706,547|
|Best known as an Actress based on credits in that role in 36 films, with $4,216,778,987 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #209)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Ororo Munroe / Storm (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Ororo Munroe/Storm (X-Men: The Last Stand), Storm (X2), Jinx (Die Another Day), Cappy (Robots)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Frankie & Alice (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Hugh Jackman, Bryan Singer, Ewan McGregor, Carlos Saldanha, Patrick Stewart|
July 27th, 2015
X-Men: Days of Future Past came out last year and earned plenty of praise from critics. It also became the biggest worldwide hit in the franchise. Now it is being re-released on DVD or Blu-ray as something called The Rogue Cut. How is it different from the theatrical release? And is it worth the double-dip?
December 16th, 2014
It is getting very close to Christmas and while this means there are more and more people shopping, it also means the new releases are less likely to stand out in a sea of sales. The biggest release of the week is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is coming out on a 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack. However, it is also one of the worst big releases of the year. There are some releases that are contenders for Pick of the week, including Extant: Season 1 on DVD or Blu-ray, Tootsie on Blu-ray, and The Americans: Season 2 on DVD. In the end, I went with The Skeleton Twins on Blu-ray.
August 11th, 2014
It's a slow and shallow week on the home market. Not only are there no prime releases, we quickly run into filler as we look down the list of best selling new releases on Amazon.com. The biggest release of the week is Muppets Most Wanted, which is one of nine reviews on this week's list. It is also the best release of the week and the best choice for Pick of the Week. Next week should be more interesting, as TV on DVD season begins.
May 1st, 2014
It has been a great year so far and April was again a strong month. The box office was led by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as it became the second film of the year to reach $200 million, while Rio 2 is on pace to become the seventh $100 million hit of the year. Big picture, 2014 has already hit $3 billion, which isn't a record for this time of the year, but it is $250 million ahead of 2013. That streak ends in May. Don't get me wrong. There are six films opening this month that at least have a shot at $100 million and two of those should earn more than $200 million and there are two others that at least have a shot at that milestone. Leading the way is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is looking to top The Winter Soldier and become the second biggest hit of the year so far. Its main competition this month is X-men: Days of Future Past, while Godzilla also has a shot at $200 million. Unfortunately, this month last year, Iron Man 3 earned more than $400 million, while two other films took in $200 million and seven films in total reached the century mark. That is going to be really hard to replicate this year and 2014 will likely lose some of its lead over 2013. Fortunately, 2014 has such a big lead that unless the box office really slumps, it will end the month with at least a small lead over 2013.
April 4th, 2014
It is a busy week, not only in terms of quantity, but also quality. There are seven films earning 80% positive reviews or higher (at least when I checked last). Some of these, like Afflicted, probably won't find an audience in theaters, because it is just the wrong genre. Others, like The Unknown Known and Watermark, might do well for the genre, but won't find any real measure of mainstream success. On the other hand, Under the Skin and Alan Partridge might find audiences in theaters.
June 24th, 2013
It's summer time. Long time readers know what that means for the home market. It's bad news. There are a couple of first-run releases to come out: The Call and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The former was a solid midlevel hit earning more than $50 million on a $13 million budget. The latter bombed. Neither one is a contender for Pick of the Week. There are a couple limited releases that might rise to that level, but I think the best release is Todd & the Book of Pure Evil: The Complete Second Season on DVD. Unfortunately, the screener arrived late so I haven't had a chance to review it, and I hate handing out that honor when till after I give the screener a full review. Fortunately, there is a screener that arrived late that is worth that honor: My Neighbor Totoro on Blu-ray.
June 17th, 2013
Movie 43 earned some of the worst reviews of the year so far, with many critics calling it the worst movie they've ever seen. When I got the chance to review the movie, I jumped at it. I had to know if it was really as bad as its reviews. It couldn't possible be, right?
March 18th, 2013
As expected, Oz the Great and Powerful easily won the box office race this weekend matching predictions nearly perfectly. The Call was a surprise hit, but unfortunately, the other wide release for the week, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, failed to find an audience. The overall box office fell 23% from last weekend to $107 million. Its decline from last year was much smaller at just 2.9%, but with 2013 so far behind 2012, any loss is still troubling. We really need to close the gap, which is now at 12% at $2.14 billion to $1.88 billion. Next weekend, it is just going to get worse.
March 17th, 2013
There are definite signs of life at the box office this weekend, thanks to continued good numbers for Oz the Great and Powerful, an above-expected debut for The Call and a gigantic performance in limited release for Spring Breakers. Those three bright spots do something to compensate for a horrible $10 million opening for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which might have fared better with a Summer release, but still casts some doubt on the star power of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.
March 1st, 2013
February is over, and for the most part, we should be very happy it is done and buried. The biggest hit of the month turned out to be Identity Thief, which will cross $100 million shortly. There were also a couple of impressive midlevel hits, like Warm Bodies and Escape from Planet Earth, but for the most part, it was miss after miss. This is bad news for March, which is not only dealing with a slumping 2013 box office, but will be compared with a strong March of 2012. Last March started with The Lorax, which earned more than $200 million. There's a good chance no March release this year will reach this milestone. Last March was also the month The Hunger Games opened, which earned more than $400 million. There's a chance the top three films opening this month won't earn that much combined. 2013 is going to take a beating in the year-over-year comparison and it is already $100 million behind last year's pace.
October 1st, 2012
2012 continues its downward path. After a record-breaking spring, thanks to The Hunger Games, and a record-breaking start to the summer, thanks to The Avengers, the box office hasn't been able to maintain any real momentum. For most of the month, September was no better than August and now the year-over-year gains are just a little more than inflation. October will need to improve or 2012 will be in real trouble. Unfortunately, that might be tough. There's not a single film coming out in October that looks like it will be a guaranteed $100 million hit and there are only two films with a realistic chance, Taken 2 and Paranormal Activity 4. (There's also Cloud Atlas, which is a wild card. That movie could bomb or be the biggest hit of the month and I wouldn't be surprised either way.) There is a chance all three will get to the century mark, but there's a better chance none of them will. Last October, two films cracked $100 million: Paranormal Activity 3 and Puss in Boots, with the latter nearly reaching $150 million. I don't see any film coming close to matching that figure. On the other hand, last year there were six films that one could accurately describe as bombs. So while 2012 is weaker at the top, it could have better depth than 2011 did. Let's hope so, because we can't afford more bad news.
|5/23/2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Ororo Munroe / Storm||$233,921,534||$514,200,000||$748,121,534|
|10/26/2012||Cloud Atlas||Native Woman/Jocasta Ayrs/Luisa Rey/Indian Party Guest/Ovid/Meronym||$27,108,272||$103,564,882||$130,673,154|
|3/30/2012||Dark Tide||Kate Mathieson||$0||$0||$0|
|12/9/2011||New Year's Eve||Nurse Aimee||$54,544,638||$89,119,261||$143,663,899|
|12/10/2010||Frankie & Alice||Frankie/Genius/Alice||$706,547||$0||$706,547|
|10/19/2007||Things We Lost in the Fire||Audrey Burke||$3,287,315||$4,832,833||$8,120,148|
|4/13/2007||Perfect Stranger||Rowena Price||$23,760,822||$38,765,566||$62,526,388|
|5/26/2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Ororo Munroe/Storm||$234,362,462||$224,997,093||$459,359,555|
|11/22/2002||Die Another Day||Jinx||$160,932,247||$271,000,000||$431,932,247|
|12/26/2001||Monster's Ball||Leticia Musgrove||$31,273,922||$12,492,541||$43,766,463|
|8/28/1998||Why Do Fools Fall In Love?||Zola Taylor||$12,413,650||$0||$12,413,650|
|9/13/1996||The Rich Man's Wife||Josie Potenza||$8,538,318||$0||$8,538,318|
|3/22/1996||Race the Sun||Miss Sandra Beecher||$1,681,685||$0||$1,681,685|
|3/17/1995||Losing Isaiah||Khaila Richards||$7,551,247||$0||$7,551,247|
|5/27/1994||The Flintstones||Miss Stone||$125,388,575||$227,968,792||$353,357,367|
|9/24/1993||The Program||Autumn Haley||$23,042,200||$0||$23,042,200|
|8/27/1993||Father Hood||Kathleen Mercer||$3,268,203||$0||$3,268,203|
|12/13/1991||The Last Boy Scout||Cory||$59,509,925||$0||$59,509,925|
|12/10/2010||Frankie & Alice||Producer||$706,547||$0||$706,547|