|As an Actor||Leading||21||$404,946,939||$408,877,560||$813,824,499|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$336,241,198||$280,656,970||$616,898,168|
|In Technical Roles||Director||8||$100,703||$23,881||$124,584|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 21 films, with $813,824,499 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #233)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: New Goblin/Harry Osborn (Spider-Man 3), Oz (Oz the Great and Powerful), Harry Osborne (Spider-Man 2), Harry Osborn (Spider-Man), Will Rodman (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Interview (Executive Producer), Palo Alto (Story Creator), Interior. Leather Bar. (Director), Interior. Leather Bar. (Producer), Child of God (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Sam Raimi, Karma Tentrin, Mila Kunis, Michell Kapner, Seth Rogen|
December 1st, 2014
November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential.
September 9th, 2014
The Christmas shopping season has begun in full force. Even if Captain America: The Winter Soldier were the only new release this week, it would be a great release, as the Combo Packs are clearly pick of the week contenders. It's not the only Pick of the Week contender. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 is also a prime contender, although I'm still waiting for the screener for that release. At the moment, I'm giving the win to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but when I get a chance to review the screener, that might change.
August 1st, 2014
There are an even dozen films on this week's list, but only Calvary is earning good reviews and strong buzz. Hopefully this will translate into ticket sales, or it will likely be a very bad week for limited releases. There are also a couple of documentaries that could do well in limited release, Finding Fela! and Rich Hill, but neither has the potential for breakout success.
May 9th, 2014
There are a number of limited releases coming out this week that are earning strong buzz and good reviews. Some of the films that have reviews that are strong enough to suggest box office success are Palo Alto and The Double, as well as two documentaries, Fed Up and Llyn Foulkes One Man Band. However, the film with the best combination of buzz and reviews is Chef.
April 15th, 2014
It is a busy week on the home market with five films that either opened at least semi-wide or expanded semi-wide. However, unlike last week, there's no monster hit like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leading the way. In fact, most of the semi-wide or wide releases on this week's list were critical and box office disappointments. Only Philomena did well with critics. Fortunately, it did well enough that it is a contender for Pick of the Week without even considering the extras on the DVD or Blu-ray. There are a few other new releases that are noteworthy, but most of them are catalog Blu-ray releases. These include Touch of Evil on Blu-ray and Double Indemnity on Blu-ray. In the end, I went with Touch of Evil, but I literally had to roll a dice to decide.
March 21st, 2014
There are quite a few limited releases this week, including Nymphomaniac: Volume 1, which is earning the loudest buzz. Its reviews are great, but not as strong as the buzz, plus it has been playing on Video on Demand. The best reviews go to Cheap Thrills (Reviews) and Jodorowsky's Dune (Reviews). Hopefully both films will find an audience this weekend, but limited release is a rough go even with the best reviews.
January 3rd, 2014
In order to qualify for the Oscars, a film has to open before the end of the year, so every year the weekend before New Years Eve has a few films trying to get into theaters just under the wire. This also means that the weekend after New Years Eve is a terrible time to release a movie in limited release. Art house theaters are loaded with Oscar hopefuls and it is very unlikely any of the new releases have the reviews to compete with those movies. That is certainly the case this year.
November 7th, 2013
It's a big week with several first run releases, some big TV on DVD, releases, and more to deal with. The only one that truly rises to the level of Pick of the Week is Mad Men: Season Six, but the screener arrived late and I hate awarding Pick of the Week to a title when that happens. The only other release I really want to see is White House Down, but that's more guilty pleasure than Pick of the Week. I guess it goes to Mad Men: Season Six on DVD or Blu-ray.
November 1st, 2013
After last week's short list, there are nearly 20 films on this week's list. Because of this, each entry will be shorter than usual. There are a few films on this week's list that seem destined for mainstream success, including Dallas Buyers Club, which could net Matthew McConaughey some Awards Season hardware.
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
September 27th, 2013
There are a lot of limited releases on this week's list, including a few earning stellar reviews. There are also a few with weak reviews or that are the wrong genre to thrive in limited release. One film fits into both ends of the spectrum, We Are What We Are, which is earning great reviews, but as a horror film, likely won't find an audience till the home market. Hopefully I am wrong. Inequality for All is earning even better reviews, but it is a documentary, so it have very little chance to expand. On the Job has the best reviews of the week, but it is a foreign-language action film, so it will likely not earn breakout success.
July 20th, 2013
Spring Breakers is one of the more unusual films to come out this week. The original buzz was pretty weak, with a lot of people dismissing it as "Disney Girls Gone Wild". When it was finally released, the critical response was divided. There were many critics who liked the movie, more so than those who disliked the movie, but there were also some who called it one of the worst movies ever. Its limited release was more lucrative than expected and the film currently has the best per theater average for 2013. So which side of the argument do I fall under? And is the DVD or the Blu-ray worth picking up?
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
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.
|12/31/2018||Arcitc Justice: Thunder Squad||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2017||The Disaster Artist||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2017||The Long Home||$0||$0||$0|
|3/18/2016||The Little Prince||$0||$88,442,948||$88,442,948|
|12/31/2015||Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman …||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2015||I Am Michael||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2015||In Dubious Battle||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2015||Queen of the Desert||$0||$1,002,003||$1,002,003|
|12/4/2015||Every Thing Will Be Fine||Tomas Eldan||$0||$427,528||$427,528|
|11/20/2015||The Night Before||Himself||$43,035,725||$9,348,624||$52,384,349|
|6/5/2015||Wild Horses||Ben Briggs||$0||$0||$0|
|4/17/2015||True Story||Christian Longo||$4,719,695||$608,421||$5,328,116|
|12/12/2014||The Color of Time||C.K. Williams, age 40||$0||$0||$0|
|9/26/2014||Good People||Tom Reed||$0||$988,434||$988,434|
|8/1/2014||Child of God||Townsperson||$37,949||$0||$37,949|
|5/9/2014||Palo Alto||Mr. B||$767,732||$20,894||$788,626|
|2/6/2014||The Interview||Dave Skylark||$6,105,175||$6,237,457||$12,342,632|
|1/2/2014||Interior. Leather Bar.||James||$40,862||$0||$40,862|
|10/11/2013||As I Lay Dying||Darl||$15,009||$0||$15,009|
|6/12/2013||This is the End||James Franco||$101,470,202||$25,068,915||$126,539,117|
|3/8/2013||Oz the Great and Powerful||Oz||$234,770,996||$255,588,055||$490,359,051|
|4/17/2012||The Broken Tower||$0||$0||$0|
|11/18/2011||Eames: The Architect and the Painter||Narrator||$153,088||$0||$153,088|
|8/5/2011||Rise of the Planet of the Apes||Will Rodman||$176,760,185||$306,100,000||$482,860,185|
|11/5/2010||127 Hours||Aron Ralston||$18,335,230||$41,881,941||$60,217,171|
|8/13/2010||Eat Pray Love||David Piccolo||$80,574,010||$126,024,779||$206,598,789|
|8/6/2008||The Pineapple Express||Saul Silver||$87,341,380||$15,062,639||$102,404,019|
|10/5/2007||Finishing the Game||Rob Force||$52,850||$351||$53,201|
|9/14/2007||In the Valley of Elah||Sergeant Dan Carnelli||$6,777,741||$17,711,409||$24,489,150|
|5/4/2007||Spider-Man 3||New Goblin/Harry Osborn||$336,530,303||$554,345,000||$890,875,303|
|12/29/2006||The Dead Girl||Derek||$19,875||$0||$19,875|
|1/13/2006||Tristan & Isolde||Tristan||$14,734,633||$2,720,980||$17,455,613|
|8/12/2005||The Great Raid||Captain Prince||$10,166,502||$430,568||$10,597,070|
|6/30/2004||Spider-Man 2||Harry Osborne||$373,524,485||$410,180,516||$783,705,001|
|9/6/2002||City by the Sea||Joey LaMarca||$22,433,915||$0||$22,433,915|
|4/26/2002||Some Body||Apartment Guy 3||$11,696||$0||$11,696|
|3/24/2000||Whatever it Takes||Chris Campbell||$8,735,529||$0||$8,735,529|
|4/9/1999||Never Been Kissed||Jason||$55,474,757||$0||$55,474,757|
|12/31/2017||The Long Home||Director,|
|12/31/2017||The Disaster Artist||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2015||In Dubious Battle||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|12/12/2014||The Color of Time||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|8/1/2014||Child of God||Screenwriter,|
|5/9/2014||Palo Alto||Story Creator||$767,732||$20,894||$788,626|
|2/6/2014||The Interview||Executive Producer||$6,105,175||$6,237,457||$12,342,632|
|1/2/2014||Interior. Leather Bar.||Director,|
|10/11/2013||As I Lay Dying||Director,|
|4/17/2012||The Broken Tower||Screenwriter,|