|As an Actor||Supporting||6||$561,745,416||$724,359,889||$1,286,105,305|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$113,746,621||$242,800,000||$356,546,621|
|In Technical Roles||Director||3||$18,451,251||$14,228,013||$32,679,264|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 6 films, with $1,286,105,305 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,091)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Dr. McPhee (Night at the Museum), Dr. McPhee (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), Dr. McPhee (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), Dominic Badguy (Muppets Most Wanted), Solorzano Argonaut (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Invention of Lying (Director), The Invention of Lying (Screenwriter), The Invention of Lying (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller, Thomas M. Hammel, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke|
April 5th, 2015
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third film, and likely final film, in the Night at the Museum franchise. The previous two films were very profitable, but the films have never really won over critics. This film had the weakest run at the box office, but is it also the weakest in terms of quality?
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.
August 7th, 2014
The Muppets was the first Muppet movie in more than a decade, but it was a big hit with critics and did very well in theaters for a live action family film. A sequel was inevitable, but as the opening song of Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel is rarely as good as the original. Is this the case here? Is it one of the rare exceptions? If not, is it still good enough to check out?
March 1st, 2014
2014 continued its strong run in February with The Lego Movie beating even the high end expectations and will become the first film released in 2014 to reach $200 million. March doesn't look as strong, as no film is on track to hit $200 million, but there are five films that have a chance at $100 million. Granted, not all of them will get there; in fact, there's a chance only one of them will get there. Divergent is the film I think has the best shot at the century club, but it could be joined by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, for instance, which is earning surprisingly strong reviews. Noah is a big-budget Bible epic and the studio has to be hoping for at least $100 million, but the buzz is quite negative and there have been reports of troubles behind-the-scenes. Last March was led by Oz The Great and Powerful, which pulled in more than $200 million domestically. I don't think any film opening this March will match that figure. In addition, The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation also hit the $100 million milestone, while Olympus Has Fallen came very close. Granted, there were also some big bombs last March, like The Host, but even so, I think 2014 will lose ground in the year-over-year comparison.
January 15th, 2013
It is a rather shallow week on the home market. Taken 2 should come away with an easy win, but after that, there's almost nothing that will reach the top 30 for the week. Also, Taken 2 is not Pick of the Week material. I don't know if there is anything that is truly Pick of the Week material. Wake in Fright comes the closest, but the DVD or Blu-ray is still late, I hate giving this title when I'm still waiting for the screener.
January 13th, 2013
Life's Too Short is the latest show created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who have previously made The Office, Extras, etc. That's a really good pedigree, but it does set up high expectations. Can it live up to these expectations?
|3/18/2016||The Little Prince||$0||$67,596,879||$67,596,879|
|12/31/2015||Life on the Road||David Brent||$0||$0||$0|
|12/19/2014||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Dr. McPhee||$113,746,621||$242,800,000||$356,546,621|
|3/21/2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Dominic Badguy||$51,178,893||$28,133,408||$79,312,301|
|8/19/2011||Spy Kids: All the Time in the World||Solorzano Argonaut||$38,536,376||$42,144,807||$80,681,183|
|10/2/2009||The Invention of Lying||Mark Bellison||$18,451,251||$14,228,013||$32,679,264|
|5/22/2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Sm…||Dr. McPhee||$177,243,721||$224,987,342||$402,231,063|
|9/19/2008||Ghost Town||Bertram Pincus||$13,252,641||$16,590,604||$29,843,245|
|8/10/2007||Stardust||Ferdy the Fence||$38,373,235||$98,387,307||$136,760,542|
|12/22/2006||Night at the Museum||Dr. McPhee||$250,863,268||$330,707,025||$581,570,293|
|11/17/2006||For Your Consideration||Martin Gibb||$5,549,923||$0||$5,549,923|
|12/31/2015||Life on the Road||Screenwriter,|
|10/2/2009||The Invention of Lying||Producer,|