|As an Actor||Leading||16||$867,794,289||$1,363,065,324||$2,230,859,613|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$24,746,309||$11,843,748||$36,590,057|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$11,593,856||$15,013,878||$26,607,734|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 16 films, with $2,230,859,613 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #86)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Galadriel (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Irina Spalko (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Galadriel (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Evil Stepmother (Cinderella), Galadriel (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Carol (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Kenneth Branagh, Lily James, Chris Weitz, Simon Kinberg, Richard Madden|
January 15th, 2016
The Oscar nominations were announced at 5:30 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, this was a terrible year for snubs, especially when it comes to diversity of the nominees. The voters for the Oscars are 94% white and 77% male... but that's still more diverse than the list of nominees. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations and it is expected to win a few of those, while it is a serious contender in most of the categories it was nominated in.
January 9th, 2016
The BAFTA nominations were announced and you can read them on their site... in alphabetical order. Alphabetical order is very useful in most circumstances, but not here. On the other hand, the nominees within each category are not presented in alphabetical order. ... Are the BAFTAs trolling us? As for the actual nominees, the big winners here are Bridge of Spies and Carol, both of which earned nine nominations. For Carol, this is just another impressive score, but this was a pleasant surprise for Bridge of Spies.
December 10th, 2015
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning and we are already beginning to see a trend for this year's Awards Season. For the most part, the same films are coming up over and over again. Carol led the way with five awards, while there was a three-way tie for second place with The Big Short, The Revenant and Steve Jobs each picking up four.
December 9th, 2015
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced today and there are at least a few surprises to talk about. Trumbo led the way with three nominations, but there were six films with two nods apiece. Six!
November 29th, 2015
The combined forces of a 50% weekend-to-weekend decline at the box office and two strong rivals wasn’t enough to knock The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 off its perch at the top of the box office chart this Thanksgiving. With a three-day total of $51.6 million (and $75.8 million over five), the franchise-capper will finish the holiday just shy of $200 million at the domestic box office. With a reported $242.4 million overseas, the film is hurrying towards $500 million worldwide, and sits at $440.7 million as of Sunday evening.
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.)
November 22nd, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 is about to record the most disappointing $100 million weekend ever, based on Sunday’s estimate from Lionsgate. Why disappointing? Because its $101.025 million projected opening follows the $158 million earned by Catching Fire on this weekend in 2013 (then the sixth-biggest weekend ever), and the $122 million debut of Mockingjay—Part 1 this weekend last year. That marks a decline of 20% or so from one installment of the franchise to the next, which is the worst performance of any franchise to have recorded a $100 million start. Global numbers tell a similar story: $247 million this weekend against Part 1’s $275 million. However, once we get that troubling statistic out the way, this is also a reason for celebration: $100 million domestically and $250 million globally in one weekend is still a huge amount of money, and caps a spectacularly successful franchise for Lionsgate.
November 20th, 2015
There are three or four films on this week's list vying for Awards Season Glory, but of these three, Carol has by far the best shot at picking up major nominations. In fact, it is considered a favorite for five major nominations, including Best Picture. Will it win any of these? Getting off to a fast start in limited release will help its chances.
September 15th, 2015
Cinderella is the latest in a long line of Disney animated movies to be turned into a live-action film. I've previously reviewed a few of these movies, including Maleficent. I enjoyed that movie a lot more than most critics did. I loved the fact that the movie took the original characters, but told a different story than the original did. Does this film also do something new with the old story? If not, is it at least a good re-telling of the old story?
March 1st, 2015
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.
June 1st, 2014
It is too soon to tell how May will end, as this story will be published before the weekend estimates came out. (Maleficent had an excellent start on Friday, unlike A Million Ways to Die in the West.) Overall, it was a good month with at least three movies that are on track to hit $200 million, but there was no really big winner for the month. It was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, last May there was a monster hit, Iron Man 3, and 2014 could not compete with that, so it lost ground to 2013. June hopes to turn things around and there are some reasons to be optimistic. All four weeks there is at least one film opening that at least has a shot at $100 million. There are even two films that at least have a shot at $300 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should win the monthly box office race while How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a long shot to win, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if it did. Additionally, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, and Think Like a Man 2 are all contenders for the century club. Not all of them will get to that milestone, but all of them at least have a short. Last June, there were three films that reached $200 million, including Man of Steel, which nearly reached $300 million. It looks like June of 2014 will be about as strong as June of 2013, more or less. If all films reach their potential, it could win the year-over-year comparison. Unless there are some shocking bombs, it shouldn't struggle so much that 2014 loses its lead over 2013 entirely.
March 2nd, 2014
The Oscars are being handed out this evening and as usual, we will be live-blogging the event. Here's the last look at the nominations with those chosen by our contest entrants as the likely winners in Bold. If I disagree with the consensus, they are in italics, and sharp-eyed readers will note there are no categories where that's true. Finally, if I am rooting for an underdog, they are underlined. There are only two categories where that is true. I want Chiwetel Ejiofor to win Best Lead Actor for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. I also want Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa to win for Best Hair and Make-up, because Dallas Buyers Club had a hair and make-up budget of $250. Yes it was effective, but the special effects make-up used in Bad Grandpa was just more difficult to pull off, even if the movie wasn't Oscar-bait. Regardless, I don't expect there to be many surprises at this year's awards.
March 2nd, 2014
February 25th, 2014
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we will look at the two writing categories, starting with Best Original Screenplay. This race is twice as competitive as the Best Adapted Screenplay, by that I mean it is a two-way race for the Oscar and not a runaway race.
February 20th, 2014
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, finishing with Best Lead Actress. Unlike last year, this year the race is far more competitive in nearly all of the of the four acting categories this year. The person seen as the favorite has switched, more than once, and at the moment, I'm not sure who is going to win.
February 18th, 2014
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, starting with Best Supporting Actress, which is again not a very competitive category this year. I'm not saying it is impossible for upset to happen here, but it is very, very unlikely. (On a side note, except for changing the links and using another poster, this is an exact cut and paste from last year. This category is slightly more competitive that last year, but not by enough to matter.)
January 31st, 2014
After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace.
January 20th, 2014
The home market picks up steam this week, sort of. We are starting to get some of the Awards Season hopefuls coming out, which is great news for fans of great movies. However, there's not a lot of depth to go with the award-worthy movies. The two films that were the main contenders for Pick of the Week were Captain Phillips on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and In a World... on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close decision, but in the end, I went with In a World...
January 19th, 2014
SAG handed out their awards last night, and while there were not many surprises, there was one major upset, at least in my mind. Dallas Buyers Club led the way with two wins, making it the new Oscar favorite.
January 16th, 2014
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises.
January 13th, 2014
Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out the Golden Globe awards last night, and there were a few surprises in the mix. American Hustle led the way with three wins, which isn't a real surprise, but I think many thought another film would lead with three or more wins. The only other film to earn more than one award was Dallas Buyers Club at just two. That might give you a hint at what the big surprise was.
December 14th, 2013
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.
December 14th, 2013
November 28th, 2013
Independent Spirit Award started the Awards Season this week, handing out its nominations. 12 Years a Slave led the way with seven nominations, but it wasn't the only film to pick up multiple nominations.
July 26th, 2013
There are a huge number of limited releases this week, but the vast majority of them are not earning strong enough reviews to suggest they will thrive in limited release. There are some, like Extracted, that are earning positive reviews, but there are so few reviews, that it is impossible to judge the movie. Drug War is earning the best reviews and it might find an audience. However, it is Blue Jasmine that has the best shot at earning some measure of mainstream success.
March 26th, 2013
The Shipping News came out in 2001, but despite its hefty budget and its strong cast, the film didn't open wide and struggled to expand significantly. Granted, opening in "select theaters" is arguably the hardest release strategy to pull off, so its struggles are not surprising. If it had opened wide, would it have thrived? Or would it have struggled no matter what?
|12/31/2017||Untitled Lucille Ball Biopic||Lucille Ball||$0||$0||$0|
|10/6/2017||Jungle Book Origins||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2016||Where'd You Go Bernadette||Bernadette||$0||$0||$0|
|3/4/2016||Knight of Cups||$0||$421,893||$421,893|
|12/17/2014||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Ar…||Galadriel||$255,119,788||$700,000,000||$955,119,788|
|6/13/2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Valka||$177,002,924||$439,100,000||$616,102,924|
|4/4/2014||The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden||Dore Strauch||$247,159||$0||$247,159|
|2/7/2014||The Monuments Men||Claire Simone||$78,031,620||$80,671,128||$158,702,748|
|12/13/2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Galadriel||$258,366,855||$702,000,000||$960,366,855|
|12/14/2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Galadriel||$303,003,568||$714,000,000||$1,017,003,568|
|5/14/2010||Robin Hood||Marion Loxley||$105,269,730||$216,971,858||$322,241,588|
|8/14/2009||Gake no ue no Ponyo||(English Language Version)||$15,090,399||$190,222,267||$205,312,666|
|12/25/2008||The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||Daisy||$127,509,326||$202,300,000||$329,809,326|
|5/22/2008||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the …||Irina Spalko||$317,023,851||$469,534,294||$786,558,145|
|11/21/2007||I'm Not There||Bob Dylan / Jude||$4,017,609||$8,380,004||$12,397,613|
|10/12/2007||Elizabeth: The Golden Age||Queen Elizabeth I||$16,285,240||$58,585,626||$74,870,866|
|12/25/2006||Notes on a Scandal||Sheba Hart||$17,510,118||$33,068,293||$50,578,411|
|12/15/2006||The Good German||Lena Brandt||$1,308,696||$0||$1,308,696|
|2/24/2006||Little Fish||Tracy Heart||$22,453||$3,200,000||$3,222,453|
|12/17/2004||The Aviator||Katharine Hepburn||$102,608,827||$105,762,065||$208,370,892|
|12/10/2004||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Jane Winslett-Richardson||$24,006,726||$10,800,000||$34,806,726|
|5/14/2004||Coffee and Cigarettes||Cate/Shelby||$1,971,135||$1,758,671||$3,729,806|
|12/17/2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of …||Galadriel||$377,845,905||$763,562,762||$1,141,408,667|
|11/26/2003||The Missing||Maggie Gilkeson||$26,900,336||$11,353,097||$38,253,433|
|10/17/2003||Veronica Guerin||Veronica Guerin||$1,569,918||$7,868,156||$9,438,074|
|12/18/2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Galadriel||$342,548,984||$592,154,195||$934,703,179|
|12/28/2001||Charlotte Gray||Charlotte Gray||$668,140||$0||$668,140|
|12/25/2001||The Shipping News||Petal Bear||$11,405,825||$13,000,000||$24,405,825|
|12/19/2001||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship…||Galadriel||$315,544,750||$571,672,938||$887,217,688|
|5/25/2001||The Man Who Cried||Lola||$739,583||$1,043,748||$1,783,331|
|12/19/2000||The Gift||Annie Wilson||$12,008,642||$32,558,964||$44,567,606|
|12/24/1999||The Talented Mr. Ripley||Meredith Logue||$81,292,135||$47,500,000||$128,792,135|
|6/18/1999||An Ideal Husband||Lady Gertrud Chiltern||$18,542,974||$12,798,209||$31,341,183|
|4/23/1999||Pushing Tin||Connie Falzone||$8,408,835||$0||$8,408,835|
|12/31/1997||Oscar and Lucinda||Lucinda Leplastrier||$1,508,689||$0||$1,508,689|
|4/11/1997||Paradise Road||Susan McCarthy||$1,921,471||$0||$1,921,471|